It’s not too late to start a summer parent-child book club. Pick a short book and schedule a book club time. Think of it like a back-to-school play date with friends.
Summer Book Club
PBS Kids and iVillage gave me no excuses not to host a book club. They sent me this box packed with Marty McGuire books, Word Girl notebooks, pencils, Electric Company activity books, stickers, coloring pages, and more goodies. THANKS PBS Kids and iVillage!!
We loved the book, Marty McGuire – it was perfect for second grade girls!
Steps to Starting a Book Club
Step 1. Invite Friends.
Send the date, time, book selection, and why you’re hosting — for fun and socialization!
Step 2. Read the Book.
We read the book together which was fun!
Step 3: Think of Questions.
Think of a few simple questions to ask the other kids. (Favorite part? Funniest part?) Starting the book club meetings with easy questions makes it win-win.
Step 4: Reminder Email.
Step 5: Buy Food and Beverages.
Desserts, appetizers, juice, water, and wine.
Step 6: Book Club Time!
Spend just a short time as a group. Let the host child ask the questions. This should be very easy, fun, and light-hearted. Then, after your discussion, let the kids eat snacks and play.
In our discussion, the girls wore a Cat in the Hat hat when sharing. It got very silly!
And everyone had a great time —
“Thank you SO much again for tonight. L and I had such a great time.”
“We had fun at the book club.”
“I believe it to be a great success for many first time book clubbers!”
Incidentally, my daughter didn’t want to do the book club. At. All. But, I made her. We were hosting after all!! Fortunately, she had a blast. I think that will usually happen if the book club is lots of fun, don’t you?
Book Club and PBS Kids Resources
Soar With Reading activity kit