12 Dec, 2011
Book clubs for kids
Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy
One of our friends started a Mother-Daughter book club last year, and I have to say, I’m kind of loving it. We drink tea, eat cookies, and talk about our monthly read. Not that we need any more encouragement to read around here (everyone has a book on the go At All Times) but it has been a great opportunity to read something new, and something we may not have necessarily chosen for ourselves. Participating with the kids has been a real treat - not just reading the same books as them, but the experience of discussing the books as a group has surpassed all of my expectations. The best part of book club (cookies aside of course) is listening to the kids and their insights into the books we read. It knocks my socks off. Kids are SO COOL.
The books we’ve read (and I recommend them all) include:
- Savvy, by Ingrid Law (interested readers might also want to pick up the second book, Scumble)
- Holes, by Louis Sachar
- When you Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (one of my favourites so far)
- Zorgamazoo, by Robert West (This was Sarah’s choice and it’s a particularly creative one. It’s 200+ pages of tendramic pentameter!)
Our next book is The True Meaning of Smekday, Emma’s pick, and it was her job to come up with some discussion questions this month.
We’ve only had one copy between the three of us, and it’s been Sarah’s to read it this week. She’s been digesting it faster than a starving vulture on roadkill. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks.
Are you in a book club? Mother/child or otherwise?
Related: I just finished reading The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I had reserved it months ago and had no idea what I was getting into when I started. What a fantastic read that was, but it was also gruelling, because I KNEW it was slowly marching towards something life-altering at the end. Oh boy.
Anyway, yes, I’d love to hear what you’re reading!
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