Welcome to Stuart Brent

Great Kids Deserve Great Books!

With countless children's books out there, how do you find the ones that your special child will love? At SBCBC, we find the books that open the hearts and minds of children from all over the world. Each selection is thoughtfully chosen for the individual child, encouraging them to seek further, explore more, and engage themselves in the world of art and literature.
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Good Readers Start Young

At SBCBC we believe that if you give children the right books, they can't help but discover the pleasures of reading. Captivate children with stories that will fascinate them. That's our mission.
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Our Members Chime In

“I've been meaning to tell you for some time how much my children enjoy your book club. At first, I was puzzled that my Mom, generous to a fault, would sign up my children for such a club when they both go to schools with nice libraries and we live a stone's throw from several bookstores.”

“Now I understand. Your selections have been amazingly on target. Even when my daughters don't initially respond with excitement to a book, I know they'll get around to it and treasure it once they do. How magical to get a book hand selected for you from someone who knows children's books and who knows children. What a gift. What a smart mother I have!”
Andrea S. Atlanta, GA
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Babies and Toddlers: Baby Book Club

There are few things in life more satisfying than snuggling up with a young child and a good book. So much is transferred during these few precious moments — an overwhelming wave of love, calm, joy and anticipation. More than the specifics of a particular book, a baby or young child begins to associate love with learning. Why? Because I am going to read to you and I will do so because I treasure you, the child. And in this process, I will bring you into this fabulous world of imagination with me and we will learn everything under the sun — together.

This is where Stuart Brent's Children's Book Club comes in. We help you find kid's books and literature for your child that gives life and meaning to your "reading adventure" with your child. We help you locate the important baby and toddler books to add to your child's library. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Special Adults — we help you be a constant presence in your special child's life. Every month, your toddler or baby will receive a wonderful book from you, beautifully gift wrapped and personalized with their name emblazoned on the top, to be read again and again. Even if you are miles away, you can be felt as if you were there, in those intimate moments of reading and sharing that will always be remembered and treasured for one important reason, because the book for your baby came from you.

People often ask if a baby is too young to be included in The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club. We think babyhood is when it really counts. Studies have shown that children who are read to as babies and toddlers learn to read more easily. Consequently they tend to do better in school. Usually the kids in CBC read the books we send until the spines crack. These books make for unique gifts for kids and can be included in gift baskets for kids that they will always cherish and value.

 
IN A NUTSHELL: Here's how it works:

THE WAY IT WORKS:

Each month, our team of experienced booksellers, led by Amy Brent, will select a book of enduring value specifically for your special child. We do not do mass mailings. We will then gift wrap the book and when it is ready to be shipped directly to the child, we bill your credit card. There is no contract, you pay for nothing in advance. We think you will be so pleased with our service, we won't need a contract. FYI, we have second generation children in CBC.

HOW WE WORK:

We base our first choice on a combination of our experience and information you provide upon subscription. Subsequent choices are based upon answers to the questionnaire sent along with the first book (questionnaires are also available online), your child's responses to the books sent (see "Reply Cards") and our input as experienced booksellers. All books are returnable at any time for any reason. Currently we have about a .5% return rate.

WHY IT WORKS:
Most of the big bookstores boast about the tremendous number of titles displayed on their shelves and for the lucky shopper who knows exactly what he or she wants, that is a great advantage. But for the majority of us who wish to find something special for the children in our lives, but don't know exactly what we want, it is very difficult. This is where SBCBC comes in. We help you find the books that give life and meaning to your "reading adventure" with your child. We help you locate the important books to add to your child's library. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Special Adults — we help you be a constant presence in your special child's life. Every month, that child can receive a wonderful book from you, beautifully gift wrapped with their name emblazoned on the top, to be read again and again. Even if you are miles away, you can be felt as if you were there, in those intimate moments of reading and sharing that will always be remembered and treasured for one important reason, because the book came from you.

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Middle Grade Readers

The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club

To everyone's awe and amazement, that sharp little eight, nine or ten year old in your life has blasted through all the Harry Potters in record time. Now what?? How can you possibly find a kid's book that good again? Narnia? Middle Earth? You know all these children's books, but there must be more. How to find them? And then present them to that adorable whippersnapper as a special gift for your child that comes in the mail, beautifully gift wrapped and personalized books with their name on the books, with all the promise of thrilling adventure that comes with it. You enroll them in The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club, that's how! We've been weeding through the millions of books available to find the great ones for years and make book club recommendations

We get it. It's difficult to find kid's books for those very young, very proficient readers. Find more information on Gifted Readers. It's hard to keep up with them. Middle schoolers can read the books so fast, and you want to encourage this very important, very special talent. It's such a marvelous re-affirmation of faith in the human mind. (And it just makes you so proud of your kid!) Most kids are busy with computer games, and you have the rare child who really likes to read. At the same time, because this child is so young, you don't want inappropriate or adolescent themes in the books he/she is reading. All you need to do is enroll this talented child in The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club, and you will have experienced professionals scouting books and recommending books specifically for your child. If you like, you can even request to have more than one book sent per month. For many years we had one little girl who received 10 books a month!

On the other side of the coin, there are many, many children who struggle with reading. Find more information on Reluctant Readers. We have years of experience finding books and children's literature especially for them, too. We will be looking for fascinating books with alternative formats intended to tempt the reluctant reader into checking out a book just because it is so neat! The idea is to be interested in a book without realizing you're reading it, and then suddenly, you're reading it! The presentation of a Stuart Brent Children's Book Club book also helps. The kid's books come in the mail (VERY fun for children who don't usually get much in the mail), beautifully gift wrapped and personalized with their name and accompanied by a copy of The Book Club Gazette, our monthly newsletter. For more on the Gazette, click here. There is something about receiving a book in the mail that sets it apart from books taken from the library or purchased in a bookstore. We also nearly always send kid's hardcover books, reinforcing the idea that books are to be treasured.

How many people do you know whose eyes light up when they remember a book they read in childhood? So many. Perhaps even you. There is something about books loved in childhood that enshrines them in memory forever. It's that joy, that deeply satisfying joy that you want to share with the children in your life.

At SBCBC we call it "Passing on Your Passion". You love to read. You know how important a great book is when you need it; the inexplicable power of a book to change your life. Introduce those special children in your life to that marvelous experience. The SBCBC seeks to find books of intrinsic value and match them to the children who will love them.

 
IN A NUTSHELL: Here's how it works:

THE WAY IT WORKS:

Each month, our team of experienced booksellers, led by Amy Brent, will select a book of enduring value specifically for your special child. We do not do mass mailings. We will then gift wrap the book, and when it is ready to be shipped directly to the child, we bill your credit card. There is no contract, you pay for nothing in advance. We think you will be so pleased with our service, we won't need a contract. FYI, we have second generation children in CBC.

HOW WE WORK:

*We base our first choice on a combination of our experience and information you provide upon subscription. Subsequent choices are based upon answers to the questionnaire sent along with the first book (questionnaires are also available online), your child's responses to the books sent (see "Reply Cards"), and our input as experienced booksellers. All books are returnable at any time for any reason. Currently we have about a .5% return rate.

WHY IT WORKS:
Most of the big bookstores boast about the tremendous number of titles displayed on their shelves, and for the lucky shopper who knows exactly what he or she wants, that is a great advantage. But for the majority of us who wish to find something special for the children in our lives, but don't know exactly what we want, it is very difficult. This is where SBCBC comes in. We help you find the books that give life and meaning to your "reading adventure" with your child. We help you locate the important books to add to your child's library. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Special Adults — we help you be a constant presence in your special child's life. Every month, that child can receive a wonderful book from you, beautifully gift wrapped with their name emblazoned on the top, to be read again and again. Even if you are miles away, you can be felt as if you were there, in those intimate moments of reading and sharing that will always be remembered and treasured for one important reason, because the book came from you.

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Young Adult Shuffle

The Stuart Brent Children’s Book Club is pleased to introduce the first & most innovative new tool in personalized bookselling since the advent of the computer.

The Stuart Brent Children’s Book Club is taking on the difficult task of reaching teens where they are to engage them in the world of books, encouraging them to read more, think more, reach higher.  CBC can be a means of connecting with your teen, while giving them the independence they want to choose their own books.  Find a common ground with your teen—reading great books with something to say!

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What better way to awaken an interest in those kids who mean so much to you than to give them books that are investments in the human spirit, books that delight the mind and feed the soul?

How often have you bemoaned the mistakes of youth, thinking of what you would do if you had those years back.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give the benefit of your experience to the kids who mean the world to you—whose lives lie before them?  Kindle an interest in books, real books, which speak to their innermost needs, asking questions, offering encouragement, showing the way—all from the safety of their armchair.  Lucky are those kids who face the world armed with the combined experience of the world’s greatest writers, as a gift from you.

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The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club

Since the beginning of civilization, stories have been a part of the traditional task of passing on values from one generation to the next. Reading to children, giving children books of genuine moral energy, is part of the task of giving children a sense of what matters and why. The right book at the right time has the ability to reach a child's mind, heart and soul. Helping you find these books successfully is our job.

The great books, the ones of real literary and artistic achievement, find ways to tell us the truth about the world, to help us figure it out. A book of genuine psychological complexity, told in a compelling manner, has the power to reach across time and space to address the bedrock issues of basic humanity. It is our mission to find these books, to weed through the hundreds of new titles published every year, and the millions of titles that stay in print year after year, to find the right books for you and your special ones. The enduring purpose of literature is to give access to meaning. The enduring purpose of The Stuart Brent Children's Book club is to give children and adults access to the best in literature. Come with us, give a child the keys to life's understanding. To enroll a baby or toddler, a middle grade reader or young adult, click here. To read more about the benefits of membership in The Stuart Brent Children's Book Club, please check out the various "books" in our website. We have so much to say about books and reading!

PLEASE BE AWARE:
EVERY BOOK IS HANDPICKED
FOR EVERY CHILD IN THE BOOK CLUB.

We do not do mass mailings.

The Way It Works

Each month, our team of experienced booksellers, led by Amy Brent, will select a book of enduring value specifically for your special child. We do not do mass mailings. We will then gift wrap the book and personalize it, and when it is ready to be shipped directly to the child, we will bill your credit card. There is no contract, you pay for nothing in advance. We think you will be so pleased with our service, we won't need a contract. FYI, we have second generation children in CBC.

Stuart Brent created the SBCBC in 1968 with the goal of providing children with unusual, high-quality books. While Ms. Brent has added many wonderful features to the club, she has always stayed true to her father's original vision.