Giving the gift of reading. Really, really good reading.

It’s awfully daunting, standing in the hustle and bustle of a huge bookstore during the holidays and trying to find one book among millions for the bibliophile or budding reader in your life. Luckily, there’s a fabulous new service to help you choose  just the right book–not surprisingly, it’s called Just the Right Book.

This amazing service is the brainchild of the fine folks at Connecticut’s award-winning R.J. Julia Bookstores. You select the age of your lucky recipient, then answer some basic questions, even if all you know is that your niece loves Twilight or your toddler nephew loves trains.

Just the Right Book

Then, using twenty years of bookish matchmaking, Just the Right Book hand selects books and ships them directly to your recipient, whether it’s a one-time packages or gifts that keep on giving all year.

My 4 year-old daughter is a tricky pick, as she loves Transformers as much as ballet. But the Small Kids Collection (5 books + 1 toy) we received was phenomenal. We have strong girl characters, dreaming and dancing dinosaurs, creative and free-thinking princesses, and a poetry anthology for a first taste of e.e. cummings. They even included a new book by one of our favorite authors, Tad Hill. All that, wrapped up in a pretty box with a huge bow and a glittery stuffed lizard.

I’m the kid’s mom and a reading nut, and I honestly couldn’t have chosen better myself.

This is definitely a gifty service; not the way to find the cheapest price on the latest Diego-themed comic series. If you’re looking for the care and creativity of an indie expert with the convenience of an online shop–plus a mega-dose of mind reading– this is the best gift I can possibly imagine. Getting a book a month would have been my top present ever when I was…well, any age at all. Including now. –Delilah

Visit Just the Right Book and let the mind-reading book experts choose just the right books for the bibliophiles in your life in time for the holidays. They will totally thank you.

Congratulations to Kay, Penny, and Jen, who each won a copy of The Book That Changed My Life!


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply November 24, 2010


    you can also head to your local public library where there are a slew of trained professionals eager to match you with the perfect book for free.

    most libraries have email, chat, or texting available so you can get book suggestions while still in your jammies.

  • Reply November 24, 2010

    Sandra Rand

    I didn’t even know this existed, and yet it’s exactly what I have been looking for. I’m a long-distance auntie and my brother was just saying that my nephew has gone through every book a thousand times and was in desperate need of new ones. Christmas List: Nephew – check!

  • Reply November 24, 2010

    Kerri Morgan

    As a children’s librarian,I have mixed feelings about this one. The plus is that it’s a fantastic gift, and it’s encouraging parents to read to their kids. On the other hand, your local children’s librarian will do this for free. Most children’s librarians are very passionate about keeping up with the latest and greatest in children’s literature. She just may not package it as cutely. :-)

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