It’s Not Too Late to Start a Summer Book Club

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

The Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs for Kids

Soar With Reading activity kit

Summer Reading Challenge iVillage and PBSKids

Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book Club

How to Start a Book Club for Kids

Between the Lions –  How to Run a Book Club

NPC Back Seat Book Club

How I Started Our Mother-Daughter Book Club

PBS Kids Writer’s Contest

  • http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets School Sparks Renee

    What a great idea for kids! Looks like the parents had fun, too!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      lots of fun!

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    My kids say that their book club is their absolute favorite activity and it does make they excited to read more!

    I have a post on how I set our Book Club for Kids up here:

    http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2012/01/our-kids-most-successful-book-club-meetings/

    All my posts on our actual book clubs are here:

    http://www.pragmaticmom.com/category/literacy-school-subjects/book-club-for-kids/

    I hope this inspires you to set up a book club for your kids. It’s fun and it can be easy too!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Mia!

  • Laura Resau

    Thanks for this, Melissa! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while with my young son. This is the motivation I need– I’ll make it happen! Since my son (age 6) likes dramatic stuff, I was thinking about seeing if the kids were interested in acting out a scene from the book.