How to Start a Book Club for KidsFounding a book club for children
on how to start a book club for children
We' re losing eager readership at two important crossroads: literacy and teenage culture. If they start listening, we loose enthusiastic young people because they are often disappointed by the easy puzzles, the control of words and the shallow character of the book they can hear for themselves - faded shades of what has been previously reread to them.
A lot of mum and dad reduce their children's ability to read as their own abilities develop, which can make the situation worse. Teenagers have two things against eager reading: stress and the need for group work. They have more requirements for their readings, so there is little free read access, and when they have enough free readings they are often put under duress by their age-mates.
As the American Library Association says, young people need three things to be effective (and eager) readers: Establishing a book club can help all of these core components. Allow me to give you some advice on how to start and run book societies for children of all age groups, as well as great resource to help you on your way.
Need a book club or has the book club already been made up? There are already children's or young people's bookclubs available in bookshops or public places. You may not be ideal for your group, but it may be worthwhile to check once or twice to get the feeling of a group of books with them.
What is the best way to start a book club? A book club is founded in the same way as a group - you are inviting a group. That is the most important thing about the book club, because the club's succes (or failure) is to a large extent due to group dynamics.
Probably you need at least six persons in the club to consider the inevitable omissions. When the book club only has four and two don't show up, it's not gonna seem very club-like. When you invite someone, think about what you'd really like to do.
There' are infinite opportunities for make-up and the club topic. What about a parent-child book club where adults and kids share the same book (mother/daughter; father/son; mixed)? Think about having a book club for very young people. The book club can fill this void by offering discussions about the book, which can be previously reread out loud OR bring forth deep thoughts in storybooks or brief chapters that the kid reads alone.
There are three volumes sorted by topic, vacation or author/illustrator (see resource at the end of this manual). Do you need a group of independent nightclubs? If you have a family in your group with kids of very different age or level of literacy, for example, you may need more than one club to keep up the interest.
Maybe you want to start with just one club for a specific target group and start building from there. What about a club just for twenties and young teenagers? As soon as you have a schedule and a schedule of contacts, inform them about the first one. Allocate a book to be or not to be reviewed before this encounter.
But one of the things you have to choose is how to get the book. Do you have enough of them in the book libraries that you will probably be reading? Are you expecting them to buy them? If no one has a suitable home, the municipal libraries can offer you shelter.
You' re going to want to see a lot of premature submission of naming proposals so that your whole first encounter doesn't get picked up with a fiery discussion about the name! Keep an eye on your club meetings, your meetings times/dates, and any other household matters to ensure the proper functioning of the club.
To keep everyone up to date, consider setting up a blogs, Facebook page or Twitter accounts. That would be particularly useful if your book club is for youngsters. It' the first book club reunion. It may be a joint liability in the years to come, but for the first encounter, there are some easy nibbles at your fingertips.
They need a ladder to keep the debate going and focus on the book. You just reading and talking about it? Are you afraid that barbecues are twittering at your book club reunion? When you buy the book, you can give second-hand book softly to the libary or a safe house.
Teenagers could preach to young kids in lodgings or after class in neighboring primary education. Be the first to rate the book on Amazon, Goodreads, or other websites that contribute. They may even be interested in a weekly book report for children's kids. Multnomah County Library's website offers outstanding book recommendations by ages and interests.
The Kids' Book Club Book: Kidsbookclubbook is the page to accompany the book The Kids' Book Club Book: great kids' book club organization with great bookstores. It' a great book, and the website has a newsletters with book inspiration, give-aways and proposals for writers in your area who might be willing to come to your book club.
This site has proposals for activites, prescriptions and of course textbooks! Story Stretchers offers great opportunities to add activity to children's literature. LITLOVES is an award-winning site with book club inspiration for all age groups, featuring walnuts and screws of walking and proposals for discussions.
The site provides thirty-minute "courses" for older users, which are free and quite good. Featuring several children's literature (and the parents' guidebook How to Get Your Kind to Love Reading), Esmé Codell is the hosting editor of this amazing website. This is one of the best pages for children's literature for families or schoolchildren.
One time I saw her in the National Book Festival and I fainted from emotion. Book Bundlz has created a link to websites for children's and youth literature. An advantage: You can administer your book club from this page. Although not optically attractive, Carol Hurst's website is extensive, with book review of children's literature and how to use it.
The Guyslitwire site is a diary that focuses on the literacy tastes of teenagers. Whilst I strongly believe in getting guys to write novels about young women (as I have written here), I think it is important to recognise the value of interest. Lesergirlz is a site that is extremely popular and extremely interesting for young people.
Oprah's website has a children's section, as does the American Library Association. There is a dedicated area for the Library of Congress for the family only, and it is astonishing (of course). Reading, writing, thinking provides general book club help. Have you ever founded a book club for children? Do you have any suggestions? Secondly: Some of these hyperlinks are affiliated hyperlinks that allow me to buy a few titles a week!