Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Guest Post: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!

I am excited to host a tour stop for Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! I have a toddler at home and I know that this book will become a favorite in a few years.  One thing I love about books like this is that they appeal to reluctant readers.  As a certified reading specialist and a former middle school English teacher, I always get excited when I come across books that appeal to readers that don't necessarily love reading.  This book is one of those…kids will forget they are reading, because it's so much fun! (A few of my favorite topics in the book: Gross Body Facts, Baseball Superstitions, The Kid Who Peed Out the Fire, How Alice Got to Wonderland and Beware: Haunted Houses.) Hilarious and entertaining, right? To learn more about this blog tour, check out the tour page here.

I had to ask Gordon Javna, author of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for Kids Only, how this book appeals to reluctant readers and what makes this book so much fun for kids? Here is what he said:

The topics are weird (and fun). The articles are short (and fun). Between the articles there are jokes (fun), brainteasers (fun), lists (fun), and quotes to make you think (fun). And at the bottom of every page is an interesting, odd, mind-boggling factoid that you can repeat to someone and impress them with your knowledge (and there’s nothing more fun than that!)

About Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only!:

Here is an exciting chance to own the very first Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! in a hardcover edition with all new illustrations!
When our younger readers demanded a Bathroom Reader of their own, Uncle John put together this brain-boggling easy-to-read collection of facts, fads, quotes, history, science, origins, pop culture, mythology, humor, and more! Plus it's full of wacky and fun illustrations and Uncle John's famous "running feet" — those fun and fascinating facts on the bottom of every page.
Curious young readers will learn about the real Dr. Seuss, baseball superstitions, the birth of The Simpsons, how carnival games are rigged, the history of dining on scorpions and tarantulas, shocking truths about thunder and lightning, and disgusting bodily functions like ear wax production and digestion (and why they're important), and much, much more..
About Gordon Javna:

The life of Gordon “Uncle John” Javna, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, reads like one of his books. There’s a lot of fun, intriguing—often odd—information lurking around every corner. He went to art school, and then went on to become a musician, real-estate developer, writer, restaurateur, president of a pre-school, brew pub owner, and editor—not all at once, mind you, but he has been all of these things.
Eventually, though, he realized that because of his love of fascinating facts (and being a bathroom reader himself), he was naturally suited, perhaps even destined, to bring the joy of trivia to the world in a fun, informative way. He assumed the pseudonym Uncle John for the Bathroom Reader series and since then, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has become the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the publishing industry.  To date, there are more than 15 million Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers in print and his fanatical flock of followers span from Australia to the United Kingdom and beyond.
Guided by their obsession with unusual trivia, amazing origins, and forgotten history, Gordon “Uncle John” Javna and his staff at the Bathroom Readers' Institute have made Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers a must-have for book and gift stores worldwide for over two decades.  Gordon continues to expand his porcelain province from his throne room in Ashland, Oregon.
Tour Schedule:

A big thank you to Gordan Javna for visiting today and thanks to Kismet Blog Touring for having me as a stop on this tour.


  1. I love mind-boggling factoids Christina! I can't wait to get a copy of this one for myself so I can start spouting random facts over dinner. I know there's a movie trivia section in there somewhere, and movie fan that I am, I want to know all the little tidbits Gordon's found and put together! Thanks so much for being a part of the tour:)

    1. Me too. I would have been all about this book as a kid and I know my son will love it when he gets older. Thanks for having me be a part of the tour and for visiting, Jenny!


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