Monday, July 30, 2007

Book clubs

I have to admit it, I have never been part of a book club. I have always wanted to be, but alas, no one has ever invited me (oh poor me..) but I digress. I picked up a pretty cool book the other day and I am thinking of starting a book club of some kind at my new school. The book I picked up is The Kids' Book Club Book by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp. The book not only gives you some great tips to starting, maintaining and marketing a book club for kids, it even breaks down these tasks for whether you are a school/public library or just a group of moms/dads getting a book club together. The book also gives you a starting place and gives you a list of books (divided out by age group, grades 1-5, grades 4-7, grades 6-8 and grades 9+) with activities you could do to go along with the book, questions and conversation starters for the book and in some cases commentary from the authors of the books mentioned.

I have wanted to start a book club at my school since I became a media specialist,but really, I have never found the right time or the right group willing to go ahead with me (plus my after school time is so busy with my own kids!) This book has once again brought the idea of a book club back into my thoughts. Since I am starting at a new school (and a much BIGGER school) I am trying to think of a good way to start some kind of book club. If you have started a book club for kids I would love to hear some ideas, the book has some great ideas to get me started, but I am sure there are some other great ideas out there too!

1 comment:

Beckyb said...

I am a public librarian that works in conjunction with our media specialist in town - we hold a book club once a month during all the lunch shifts. So we choose the book, they have a few weeks to read it and then depending on which lunch shift they are in, they show up to discuss it. We are having a great time with it!!! We started it with TAG kids, but now we have branched out to whomever is intested. AND YES, love that book too -it is VERY helpful!
Becky htt;://