Setting Up Book Club for Kids: My Best Activity Post of 2012
My best post of 2012 was a long post about setting up a great kids’ book club with many, many examples of books and activities my kids did for their book clubs. (3 kids, each with their own book club makes for lots of examples over the years!).
How To: Create a Great Kids’ Book Club (Activity and Book Suggestions)
I wanted to rework one of the book club meetings I hosted by using a slightly different book. It makes a great Chinese New Year’s book club for kids!
The Empty Pot by Demi
We folded origami cups (perfect for preschool) and fortune tellers (great for elementary school kids). Read more…
5th Grade Book Club Activities for Island of the Blue Dolphin
I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was in 5th or 6th grade and really loving it but it was a kind of quiet book. I didn’t notice kids at school reading it either, and I assumed too old-fashioned and had fallen out of favor. When it arrived on our door step for PickyKidPix’s 5th grade book club, I was delighted! She hasn’t it read it yet though. Read more…
Superpower Book Club for 4th Grade Girls
My mom friend Cynthia throws a very good book club for kids. All three of her kids are in a book club and hers ALWAYS have both food and a really fun activity that relate to the book. It’s not an accident, it turns out. She tells me that she researches book club activities to plan out hers. Read more…
Poetry for 5th Grade Book Club
I love getting book requests from readers. This one came in recently:
Hi There –
I read your blog, especially for inspiration when organizing my daughter’s book club meetings (I’m the host for seven 5th grade girls each month).
I was wondering if you ever discuss or read poetry with your kids and, if so, if you have any recommendations for me. I’d like to focus on poetry for our next book club meeting but am not sure how to go about doing it – whether we should read/discuss a few poems together? or if each girl should bring a poem to share? Read more…
I run two book clubs for my kids and participates in a book club for my last kid. My kids say that our book club is their very favorite activity in the entire world. I notice that there seem to be two schools of thought when creating a book club. One version is a parent/child book club that tends to be a little more structured and literary. My book clubs are more along the lines of an organized play group centered around creating interest in reading.
In today’s post I’ll go over:
- Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
- Easy Kids Book Club Idea
- Over 20 Great Activities from Successful Book Club Meetings built around the book’s theme
Book Club for Kids: Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
If you are thinking of creating a book club for your child, some advice:
- Defining the group will help alleviate hurt feelings later on. For example, my two book clubs are centered around a group of kids who are all friends from a particular class . My preschooler’s book club is defined by all the kids who will attend the same elementary school one day.
- 4-7 seems to be a good size for a book club. Start smaller if the kids are younger. You can go bigger if you require an adult in attendance for all book clubs.
- Choose a group of compatible kids AND moms (or adults) even if it’s a kids-only book club.
- Length of book club is as short as one hour to as long as a sleepover, but 2 hours is a good general timeframe as book clubs are kind of like a small birthday party.
- For my book clubs, the hosting family chooses the book and supplies it for all the members. For other book clubs, the host mom might buy copies of the book for everyone, but each parent pays her back. If a book club kid already owns the book, it’s one less the host needs to buy. Sometimes the kid chooses the book, sometimes there are suggestions from the organizer to choose from, and sometimes the parent picks the book — it’s all good!
Cricket in Times Square Book Club for Kids
I hosted my middle daughter’s book club this past week. She chose her all-time favorite book by which she judges all other books, Newbery Honor Book, The Cricket in Times Squareby George Selden. As a second grader, this book was a little hard for her although she won’t admit it, so I gave extra time to her book club friends to read the book. Most of the kids finished the book and loved it. Her book club is an active group of little girls, so I had planned two activities, but the winter has been so dreary and long, and the book club day was the nicest day we had in a long time, so the kids ate a snack and did the first activity (both of which took all of 30 minutes) and spent the rest of the time racing around outside. Read more…
Turning a Reluctant Readers into a Voracious Reader
(Article first published as From Reluctant Reader to Voracious Reader on Technorati and Imagination Soup.)
Can the elimination of book store chain affect middle school literacy? Sadly, yes. The closing of Borders, according to a recent report by media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information will stunt the children’s and young adult publishing market in the U.S.as the industry adjusts to a smaller book retailing footprint. This is because, “On a whole, the children’s/YA market still depends on print books — and a complicated connection between the publisher and the increasingly hard-to-reach reader. Read more…
Fun and Easy Outdoor 3rd Grade Book Club for Kids
We did a really fun book club using the third chapter book in the Newbery winner Penderwicks series. The only trick is to get the weather to cooperate. It was so easy: Read more…