Book clubs are a great way to make reading fun! Here are some tips to make your child’s book club fun for the kids and easy for you.
BOOK CHOICE: Let members choose the books. I’m sure we’ve all had to read a book we didn’t like. Not fun. How? The mom-leader can read the backflap of each of the potential books that she’s scanned in advance and create a voting process so members have input to the books chosen.
THE MEETING: Make the meeting fun and switch the host home. Add a theme: Adding a theme which may include dress or food from the book is a great idea. Book clubs who’ve read JUST ADD MAGIC, make the recipes from the book, and act out scenes from the book. For LOST IN LONDON, I encourage groups to have a British tea!
Add a creative project: Adding a craft project can occupy kids’ hands. A book club that I Skyped with made recipedias for JUST ADD MAGIC.
Invite the author to Skype in: I love to Skype visit book clubs who’ve read my book and the kids love asking questions.
THE DISCUSSION: Provide questions to members in advance to give them time to think before the meeting. You can ask standard questions, like:
- Which character did you most relate to?
- What does the book say about friendship?
- What are the conflicts in this book?
- Do you like the setting? What about the setting is interesting?
- Did you the ending?
- If you could ask the author any question, what would it be? (BTW, if you email authors, you will often get responses.)
- HAVE FUN!!! Reading is fun.