Happy Birthday, GOODNIGHT JUNE!


Today GOODNIGHT JUNE debuts in the US! I’m so very proud of this novel and can’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s a description of the story:

The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.

GOODNIGHT JUNE (which has gotten rave early reviews from Kirkus, BookList, Library Journal, and is one of a dozen featured books for June by the independent bookstore association of America, IndieBound).

I would be eternally grateful if you found a moment to look for a copy at your favorite local bookstore this week, or online:


Barnes & Noble




And, as always, I adore talking to book clubs, so if you are in one and want to read GOODNIGHT JUNE with your friends, I’d love to call in to say hi and answer your questions!

Hugs, and many, many thanks!


  • May 27, 2014
    Genevieve Jane

    When does it come out in Canada?

  • May 27, 2014

    My copy of Goodnight June arrived on Sunday – what a holiday weekend bonus! Thank you, Sarah, for your wonderful novels! You are by far one of my very favorite authors! I can’t wait to read on…

  • May 29, 2014
    Jan Johnson

    I already finished this book! It was so good I couldn’t stop reading. I remember curling up with my daughter and Good Night Moon every single night when she was a baby. I had adopted her from China, and she was very wiggly until I read to her – we read a stack of board and picture books every night and she didn’t budge in my lap until I was done. This little book was always last, mesmerizing, so simple and yet so brilliant. How fun to imagine what it might have been like to create it, and the bookstore was a dream come to life. Well, to fiction life! This was such a great book as they all have been. I wish I hadn’t gobbled it up as I have a long wait to the next one. Thanks for filling an otherwise not-so-happy day with my heart arrhythmia acting up! Lying in bed isn’t so bad when you have a Sarah Jio book to read!

  • June 4, 2014

    WOW! Cannot believe how wonderful GOODNIGHT JUNE is!!!!! You keep outdoing yourself. As always with your novels I keep reading yet regret when I finish.
    Thank you for engaging stories,
    Ellen in Houston

  • June 26, 2014

    I could not put this book down! Oh my goodness, Sarah, I loved it so much. Bookstores, writing letters, and sisters are 3 of my most favourite things in the whole world. I can’t stop recommending book to everyone I know. Amazing, so amazing! Thank you.


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