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Reading & Language

How to Start A Book Club for Kids

Two girls read togetherStarting a children’s book club can seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but there are a few simple considerations and steps to follow.

  • Before you decide to start a book club, make sure that your child wants to participate. If your child is not really interested and willing, the book club may be a disappointment for you both.
  • The next decision you will need to make is who will participate in your kids’ book club. Ideally, all children involved in your group will be at a similar reading level, so you may want to target a particular age range for your group, such as second- and third-graders. Remember that younger children or weaker readers can participate in book clubs by having parents read books aloud to them or by listening to books on tape. In addition, you will need to consider whether you would like to have mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, or simply parents and children.
  • It is important to consider how many participants are ideal for your book club. Having too few participants may not make for lively enough conversation, while having too many participants may mean that each child does not get enough time to talk. Book clubs of between five and eight children and their parents are optimal.
  • You will also need to decide how you will advertise your book club. You may simply want to invite your child’s friends and their parents by sending an invitation via telephone, mail, or e-mail. You can also post a flyer at your local library or children’s book store, or advertise in school newsletters.
  • You must also decide on a meeting location. Meetings can be held in participants’ homes on a rotating basis, in a local library, local book stores, or at local coffee shops or restaurants. The size of your group may help you identify the ideal location for your meetings.
  • Once you have found some children and parents who are interested in participating in the book club, hold an organizational meeting to orient participants to the club. The organizational meeting is a time for group members to get to know one another, to establish some ground rules for the group, to decide on a meeting schedule, and to decide on the first book the group will read. Ask group members to bring some of their favorite books to the organizational meeting and come prepared to provide a summary of each book.

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    My siblings and I were fortunate to have a privileged upbringing. My parents gave us cos and when we wanted something that was more costly, we had to earn the money for it or save it from our allowance. I am a firm believer in giving a child an allowance. This is a good way for them to learn to plan and save for items they may want as opposed to being something they would need. I know people who do not provide an allowance and when we have talked about said said that they could not afford it. I found a good test to be keeping track of the times they gave their children money just because the child asked for it, I.e. for the movies, to go skiing, eat out with their friends, etc. Then I asked them how much they thought an allowance should be. In the end by tracking how much money they were doling out on request, they were shocked that is was so much and the idea of seeing a set allowance, whether tied to chores or not seemed more manageable and feasible. An alliance teaches a child to live within their means, plan for things that may require saving their allowance from one week to the next our supplementing with additional contributions around the house to increase their”income”. After all, don’t we want the values we teach our children when they are younger to be supportive of their being responsible adults? We are their teachers, their parents and during their developmental years that is critical. You can be their friends when they are older.

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