Kids Book Club
A few of the moms and I at my sons preschool class started a book club that meets just twice a month to discuss a book we have all read over the last few weeks. We get the book from the library and get the kids together to discuss their favorite part of the book, make predictions, and laugh and talk about the book. If you haven’t gotten involved in a book club with your kids, I highly recommend it. Here are some things to consider.
Who will come? Some people limit the number, we have four and it works great. I think up to eight would work for this age group. Also should it be gender specific? Since boys and girls are into different topics, some people like to have only boy or girl book clubs. For preschool it is working fine to have it mixed.
Where to meet? Designate someone’s house as the meeting area, making sure there is enough room for everyone. Deciding who should lead the discussion would be another great idea. Rotating who is in charge works well as it gets different ideas and people involved.
What to read. Making sure it is age appropriate and good for all kids involved is the key. This week we read Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller. It was a very humorous book on manners. Very silly and kid friendly. Next meeting we are doing If I built a Car by Chris Van Dusen. I am really looking forward to that one as well!
Overall, this is a great idea to install a love of reading in your child and get them thinking about more than just the words. Include things like predictions, retell, make connections with the story, beginning middle and end, etc. Happy reading!