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!
Best Books for Kids about Disabilities
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a picture or chapter book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. I really like how these great picture and chapter books let kids walk in the shoes of another and I find the themes of “trying to fit in versus accepting themselves and their family members” to be universal for all children. Read more…
Best Picture Books for Kids
Please welcome my guest author, Bola of SlimyBookworm.com, with her list of favorite children’s picture books for 2011. I am managing to make this into a short series of posts. I’ll continue with other guests’ favorite kid and young adult lit of 2011 until I run out of volunteers. Bola runs an online children’s bookstore so she is VERY qualified as both a bookseller and a mom. Please check out her eStore and her blog too! Read more…
Zen Picture Books to Make You Think
A picture book that my youngest enjoys that also gives something back to me is a joy indeed. These books have a Zen philosophy twist that will leave the adult pondering the meaning, often for days afterwards, while our little ones happily move on to the next book or other activities unburdened with questions ruminating in their brains from these books. I actually got the idea for this list while in a Board of Directors meeting when the CEO quoted a parable from Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts. At first, I thought he was referring to the ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu that I knew he briefly studied in college. But no, it was this book that he had read to his little boy for a bedtime story. The story of Good Luck versus Bad Luck really stuck to him as it did to me too when I first read it. Read more…
Favorite Christmas Picture Books
I was combing the bookshelves to clean them out and ran across our little pile of Christmas books that I’ve save through the years. I read them last night to my youngest but my oldest, now 11, saw the pile and took her favorite, Auntie Claus, to read even though she was supposed to be studying for a test. She returned it 10 minutes later with the pronouncement, “That is a good book.” This is a particularly good book for responsible older sisters, particularly the self-sacrificing type, which might explain why she loved it. It will always be on our shelves at Christmas for her because that is the power and magic of picture books: You Never Out Grown Them! Read more…
Favorite Picture Books
Please welcome Tanya from the wonderful blog, Books4YourKids. She is my guest author with, what I hope to be a series of, her favorite picture books of 2011. As a children’s bookseller at Barnes and Nobles for over 17 years, Tanya both knows her stuff and has a real passion for children’s literature. What are your Top 10 Favorite KidLit Books of 2011? Please share!
Best Books for Kids with Dragons
The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!