New Kid Book by Jake Gyllenhaal Captures That Aunt & Uncle Magic

'The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles' is available in bookstores now

By Kara Murphy, Macaroni KID September 11, 2023

We all know the magic of parent-child and grandparent-grandchild relationships, but how often do aunts and uncles get the spotlight?

Well, it's their time to shine, thanks to a new hilarious, zany, and heartwarming adventure children's book by Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award- and Tony-nominated actor, and uncle to Ramona and Gloria. It's called The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles.

This article is sponsored by MacMillan Publishers.

Aunts and uncles play pivotal roles in children's lives, bringing their own brand of love, adventure, and, sometimes, a touch of hilarious chaos. The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles captures this unique connection.

Jake Gyllenhaal explains why he wrote The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles:

Gyllenhaal teamed up with his childhood friend Greta Caruso to write The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles and unravel the art of "Auntieology" and "Uncleology." Their witty storytelling and heartfelt narrative weave a tapestry of love, laughter, and the wonderful goofy quirks that aunts and uncles bring into our lives.

With playful and inventive illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat, this picture book bursts with colors and emotions that will capture the imaginations of both children and adults. 

Whether you're an aunt or uncle yourself, a parent looking to celebrate these special relationships, or simply a lover of heartwarming stories, The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles is a must-have addition to your family's bookshelf. 

About the story: The art of Auntieology and Uncleology is a sacred craft, but ten-year-old Leo has an Uncle Mo — a clueless stationery supply salesman with good intentions — who just doesn’t get it. Yet.

Grab your copy of The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles today and discover the true magic of a unique and special family bond!