Basically, the purpose of a book club for kids is two-fold: to get social time with friends AND to read lots of books. Joining (or starting) book clubs is one of the best idea to get your kids reading, especially over the long summer months!
There’s nothing better than hanging around with your friends, playing, eating, and . . . talking about a book! Yes, talking about a book. 🙂
Because it’s the social, playing, and eating aspect of a book club that makes reading and taking about a book so much fun.
Starting Your Book Club
1. Decide who to invite.
Groups that do well are organized by interest, age, or gender. Also, no more than 10 or it gets too hard to manage. Also, decide if it will be a kids-only book club or a parent-child book club. Adding in the parents is a lovely way to share experiences and stories with your kids — I highly recommend it! For all ages.
2. Select the first book, date, time and location.
You host first, then rotate houses. The child who hosts is the person who gets to pick the book for that month.
3. Read the book. Read it with your child if it’s a parent-child book club.
As you get older and more experienced, have kids mark the text so they can share favorite quotes or passages that particularly spoke to them.
4. Plan discussion questions, book-related activities, and snacks.
Involve your children in this process or let them plan it themselves.
5. Meet with your book club!
The only rule is to use your good manners. It’s okay to disagree, just wait your turn and say your opinion. The host or the host’s parent can call on kids to speak.
6. Plan for the next time.
It’s usually easiest to pick a day of the week each month — a day that doesn’t change. Whoever can make it makes it. Provide a sign up sheet so kids can all take turns hosting the club at their house. Be sure you get everyone’s email address so you can communicate about each book club meeting.
What Books Should Your Club Read?
Try to pick books that your group hasn’t yet read. Here are some book lists to get you started.
2. Goodreads Book Club Lists
3. Books for Middle Schoolers via Scholastic
4. 100 Great Children’s Books via New York Public Library
5. 100 Best Books: 9 – 11 year olds via Book Trust
What Fun Book Club Activities Should You Do?
QUESTIONS: Have the host think of questions to ask the group.
How would you rate the book on a scale of 1 to 5? Hold up your fingers.
What was your favorite part?
What didn’t you like about the book?
Would you change anything about the story?
via Read Write Think
Have everyone draw their favorite scene or make favorite character trading cards.
Look on Pinterest for a craft that relates to the book.
FOOD: Plan for snacks and games that relate to the book in some way.
BOOK RELATED ACTIVITIES:
Grab Bag: fill a bag with objects from the story. Have everyone pull out an object and say when it was used in the book and what character used it.
Whose Line Is It? Write down quotes from the book. Ask kids to guess who said each one.
Watch the Movie: If your book is also a movie, watch it together. Then talk about which was better – the book or the movie.
Take a field trip: Instead of your book club meeting, visit a restaurant or location that relates to the book.
Skype with the author: Many authors do Skype visits with fans.
Dress up: Dress like your favorite character.
Act out: Plan a skit to act out for each other.
Time to Get Started!
Kids’ Guide to Book Clubs
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