Go Clubbing With Book Clubs for Kids

Gain a deeper understanding of your child's life through a book club for kids. Get closer to your child and share aspects of his life.



Go Clubbing With Book Clubs for Kids

With the proliferation of book clubs for adults, it's no wonder that children are wondering: where are the book clubs for kids? But with homework, sports, and much more competing for your child's time (and yours), the idea of setting aside a couple of hours every month or two to discuss books can be daunting. Consider, though, that book clubs for kids can help you:

  • get closer to your child
  • share different aspects of his life
  • expand your conversations beyond "How was school today?"
  • provide insight into your child, her peers, and how they think

To get started, follow these tips:

  1. Compose the group: Invite kids in your child's grade or close to him in age. Look for members with similar interests and abilities — but not too similar, to keep the discussions interesting! Aim for a group of around eight to twelve members (including adults and children).
  2. Appoint an organizer to keep the schedule, send out reminders, and be available to answer questions. A parent can act as the organizer, but older kids will be able (and eager) to handle this responsibility themselves.
  3. Set a schedule: Meeting monthly or even bimonthly gives everyone time to read the selection without too much time pressure.
  4. Find a place: As a group, decide if you would rather organize book clubs for kids that meet at participants' homes or at a public spot, such as a bookstore, library, or coffee shop.
  5. Select the books: Have the host of the first meeting choose the first book, then let the kids decide on the rest.
  6. Prompt discussion: Encourage each child to come prepared with at least one topic for discussion or question to ask the group.
  7. Focus on the kids: You and your fellow parent members are there to facilitate discussion, but mostly to listen. Let your child take the lead — you'll be amazed at what you'll learn.
  8. Plan an activity to complement the book. You might plant seeds after reading a book about nature or try your hand at poetry after reading Robert Frost.
  9. Set up a snack: Agree in advance: Will the host provide all the edibles, or will the responsibility be shared? Are there any foods that are off-limits due to allergies or other sensitivities?
  10. Stay flexible: Your clubs will naturally evolve as your kids grow and change. You may meet more or less frequently or choose different books to explore. What matters most: Keep the pages turning and the conversation flowing!
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