Book clubs for kids

The Kids book club book coverEver since I started the Kids’ Book Club at the Northeast Branch, I’ve been getting requests from families about offering more book clubs for different ages, schedules and so on. I often tell families that they can help their kids start their own book club. “Oh no, that would be so much work!” It sounds intimidating at first: the logistics of getting a club together, deciding where to meet, how to get the books and so on. However, starting your own kids’ book club can be easy and fun if you have the right tools.

The Seattle Public Library has several books for readers who want to put together a book club. These are two of my favorites that focus on book clubs for kids:

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp’s The Kids’ Book Club Book’s first pages are indispensible because they help readers determine what kind of book club they would like to create: parent/child, gender-specific and so on. Following this are many logistical tips and 50 discussion guides, complete with author information, activities and even recipes!

Cindy Hudson’s Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs is another great resource, even if your club won’t be just for girls and mothers. It even dedicates an entire chapter to “Getting Over the Bumps,” dealing with typical challenges that any book group might face. These are online resources that I use when planning my kids’ book groups:

  • Kids Reads has a section for kids about how to start a book club, but it’s a wonderful resource for adults as well.
  • Lit Lovers has helpful pages on how to start and run a kids’ book club, including for children who aren’t yet reading independently…because one is never too young to join a book club!
  • Talk It Up! is Multnomah County Library’s book group guide. The Common Questions section includes many inquiries that new book groups may face. This site also has tons of discussion guides.
  • If it’s discussion guides you need, you can check the publisher’s website. Both Random House and Scholastic publish discussion guides for many of their books.

As always, the Librarians at Seattle Public Library are happy to help find books for your group. Several of us are experienced book group leaders, so we can also help with those pesky logistical questions. So give it a try, and support your young bookworms with a book group of their own. Happy Reading!
                                                                        ~ Erica D., Northeast Branch

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