Today I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for Kids Only on the blog tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. Today I have a mini-chat with Uncle John to share with you all! For more information you can check out the Tour Page.
Thank you for stopping by Books in the Spotlight! For those of us who are new to the Bathroom Reader's Institute, can you give us a little background story to the institute (i.e. how it was formed, what inspired you to create it, how many books are written, etc)?
When Uncle John was growing up, everybody in his family read in the bathroom. One day he had an idea: there are books for every other room in the house—cookbooks for the kitchen, coffee table books for the living room. Why not make a book just for reading in the bathroom. That began Uncle John’s lifelong career of bringing fun bits of unusual information to millions of fans around the world. Together with the team of demented infomaniacs he calls the Bathroom Readers’ Institute (actually, it’s a group of six writers and researchers), he scours the globe looking for the weirdest facts, the strangest stories, the grossest foods, the funniest jokes, the looniest laws, the smelliest farts, and anything else that will make his readers say, “YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!” Now, 100 books later (with 15 million copies sold), Uncle John and the Bathroom Readers’ Institute are the undisputed kings of the “throne room.”
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..
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.To Find More About Gordon Javna:Tour Schedule:
Tuesday, July 1st - Cindy’s Love of Books
Wednesday, July 2nd - Proud Book Nerd
Thursday, July 3rd - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
Friday July 4th - Cassandra M’s Place
Monday, July 7th - Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, July 8th - Confessions of a Book Addict
Wednesday, July 9th - Little Red Reads
Thursday, July 10th - Me, My Shelf and I
Friday July 11th - Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, July 14th - Kindle and Me
Tuesday, July 15th - Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Wednesday, July 16th - Hott Books
Thursday, July 17th - alwaysjoart
Friday July 18th - Captivated Reading