Hi Khloe! We at Choose Your Own Adventure are so excited by what you're doing with "A Book and a Smile." We believe in books making a difference in kids' lives just like you do. What made you fall in love with books in the first place?
Hi! My name is Khloe Joiner. I am 10 years old and I'm in the 5th grade. I'm in the National Jr. Honor Society. I fell in love with books when I was a baby. My mother read to me every day. At night, I always said, "One more book, please?"
Where was the last place you sent books? What's coming next?
The last place I sent a lot of books to was Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Over 350 books were donated. Coming up in February, I am having a 1,000 diversity book challenge for Black History Month. I am also giving library books to a 6th grade classroom. I started a class library for the students and I want to keep the shelves full!
What part of this experience are you most proud of?
The part of my experience that I'm most proud of is when I see the smiles on children's faces when they receive new books. I'm also proud to know that the books I donate are helping children all over the world, especially the children who have never had a book.
What have you learned?
I've learned that by giving, I feel happier. Giving is also contagious! Whenever I have a giveaway, a child will ask me how they can do the same thing. Giving helps me stay connected. The more I give, the more compassionate I feel.
What part has been the most exciting?
The most exciting part has been receiving books in the mail, sharing my story with others, meeting lots of people, and giving aways lots and lots of books.
What are you reading right now?
I'm reading President of the Whole Fifth Grade [by Sherri Winston]!
What else would you like us all to know about you and "A Book and a Smile?"
A Book and a Smile was founded by me! I had been saving coins in a large water bottle for a trip to Disneyland. After my friendship began with Officer Berry, I wanted to give something to the police department to give to children. I cashed all of my coins in and purchased 350 books. My grandmother, Mrs. Billye Moutra, and I decided that we should have a name. I chose A Book and a Smile because I love books and books make me smile.
My family helps organize the books, pack them in the car, and get the books from place to place. My grandmother and I have made many trips together. My mother does a lot to keep everything in order. My grandfather loads the car for The Little Library and we stop after school to make sure that two boxes by our house stay full. My sister and cousins help sometimes too.
I've received numerous awards and recognitions for A Book and a Smile. Some include 2022 Barron Prize Hero, The Congressional Honor Society Award, Jr. Mayor, Khloe Joiner Day, Time Magazine Top 20 Kid of the Year, CNBC Time Changer, and more. My story has been shared on The Jennifer Hudson Show, CNBC, MSNBC with Ali Velshi, Good Morning America, Nightly News with Lester Holt Kid's Edition, Localish, and more.
Wow! You are simply amazing, Khloe. Well, we can't say goodbye without asking some other questions to get to know you a little. What is your favorite thing to do besides reading and giving away books? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Do you have a favorite joke? Do you like happy endings or sad endings in books?
One of my favorite things to do is play with my rescue cat. Her name is Gracie (I call her G.G.) and I received her for Christmas. I also love Legos, architecture, writing, and singing. I am writing a book about A Book and a Smile! My favorite color is purple. My favorite ice cream is sugar-free strawberry. My favorite joke is, What do you call a dancing sheep?
Haha! That’s a great joke!
And I prefer happy endings.
Well, you’re helping to create those happy endings for sure! Thanks for chatting with us Khloe and thank you, especially, for your big heart ❤️
Khloe's goal is to give away 1,000 diverse books for Black History Month! Donate or learn more about how you can help A Book and a Smile here.