Jonathan Merritt presents My Guncle and Me, in conversation with Shauna Niequist and Savannah Guthrie

May 15th
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
429 W 20th St
New York, NY

This celebration of individuality and inclusivity reminds young readers that what makes them different is what makes them special. 

In this inclusive and heartwarming picture book by award-winning writer Jonathan Merritt, Henry Higgleston struggles with being deemed an oddball by the other kids at school. But when his fabulous gay uncle arrives for a weekend with his pup Jimmy Chew in tow, Guncle is on a mission to teach Henry that what makes him different makes him special. This joyful story that celebrates family and self-acceptance will make every kid feel seen and loved.

“Every parent needs this: a story of love that teaches children that they are never, ever alone. WE ALL NEED A GUNCLE!”—Kate Bowler, New York Times bestselling author of NO CURE FOR BEING HUMAN and host of the “Everything Happens” podcast

“Parents learn very quickly that two adults are not nearly enough to give a child everything he or she needs—kids need support & listening & care from a whole chorus of healthy, loving adults. I wish every family had the gift of a Guncle like ours.”—Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of I GUESS I HAVEN'T LEARNED THAT YET

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning columnist and the author of five books including My Guncle and Me. His articles have appeared in national publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, USA Today and Buzzfeed, and he has appeared as a commentator on the topics of religion, politics and culture for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR. Jonathan holds two graduate degrees in theology and resides in New York City.





Savannah Guthrie is co-host of NBC's TODAY show and the New York Times bestselling author of Mostly What God Does and Princesses Wear Pants.



Shauna Niequist is the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine, Savor, and Present Over Perfect. She is married to Aaron, and they live in New York City with their sons, Henry and Mac.


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My Guncle and Me By Jonathan Merritt, Joanna Carillo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Merritt, Joanna Carillo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780762485611
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Running Press Kids - May 14th, 2024