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The Bee's Bookshelf

Welcome to the Bee’s Bookshelf! The official book club of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a place to explore the connection between stories and spelling and to celebrate your favorite books with friends. Each month we’ll read and talk about a new book together, so make sure you sign up to receive our monthly emails so you’ll always know which book we’ll be diving into next.

Keep scrolling for more information about our official Pinterest page and our Goodreads group where you can access themed book club party ideas and join in our discussions about the book we’re currently reading. We can’t wait to talk about our favorite stories with you!

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Great readers make great spellers.

We truly believe in the power of words and reading and wanted to create a space where some of the best spellers (and their friends and family members) could get together to talk about their favorite stories. Thus, the Bee’s Bookshelf was born.

To start off the new year, we're challenging you to read all 12 of our Bee's Bookshelf selections for 2018. Download the 2018 Reading Challenge checklist to keep track of each month's book club pick!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Our book club pick in January is Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend.


Welcome to Nevermoor, a place where you can safely jump off roofs using your umbrella, ride a rhinoceros, chase runaway shadows, and compete for entrance in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. Voted the #1 children's book of 2017 by Amazon's editors, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow features a fast-paced plot and imaginative world with a fresh take on magic.

Start the new year with the first in a new series by a new author—we promise you'll love it.

About the Author

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel. Jessica graciously agreed to answer some of our most curious questions about Nevermoor, her favorite words and how she chooses names for her characters. Read the full interview and to learn what advice Jessica has for those competing in spelling bees! (We suggest bookmarking Jessica's Q&A until after you've read Nevermoor, as it does contain some minor spoilers.)