Book clubs are not just for grown-ups anymore! If you want to stimulate your child’s love for reading or simply create a social group for your child and their friends – starting a kid’s book club is one of the best and easiest ways to create mini bookworms while having tons of fun. Check out our top ideas to guide you on the “write” path towards building your first kid’s book club!
Find a group of interested kids and parents who are willing to commit to a book club. Some factors to consider before commencing are age, interests, and current time commitments of the members. For younger children, a group of 3-5 kids is generally recommended to help maintain order. Groups organized by age or interest can help the book club gain traction and run successfully in the long-term. In terms of commitment, a monthly-meet up tends to be more feasible for children in Hong Kong who may have other extra-curricular commitments. Rotating hosting turns and homes will also alleviate the pressure on the parents.
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Get the kids excited by involving them from the get-go! Brainstorming book club themes together as a group will allow kids to share and pursue their own interests. Hobbies, social issues, current events, or topics not discussed in the classroom are all great places to start. Themes could change from month to month or be engaged with for a complete round of turns. Having a theme will also aid in narrowing down choices for book selections.
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Before choosing books, first, determine whether the kids will read independently or be read to by parents. Then choose age-appropriate books based on reading abilities. If you have independent readers in an older age group, keep in mind that children will read at different speeds, and this should be factored in when choosing books and the time frame given for reading. Once you have a theme in mind, select top-reviewed books in that category to give their book club a first-class start.
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One of the wonderful aspects of a children’s book club is that it doesn’t have to operate like an adult group! To foster a love for reading, think of it as more of a playdate and keep things light and fun! One way to do this is by including activities to complement your book. You may consist of coloring sheets for younger ones, guided questions for older ones, games for energetic ones, and activities or crafts for the artistically-inclined. You could even consider watching the movie version of the book after reading – then ask children to pay attention to similarities, differences, or missed details!
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If you’re struggling to form a group for kids, consider opting for an online book subscription service. Many subscription services include activities and themes as part of their package – taking the work away from you, while still giving your kids an incentive to read. OwlCrate Jr: does exactly that, they offer a monthly book box for kids ages 8-12 with a different theme every month. Half of the excitement for children in a book subscription service is the anticipation of receiving a package just for them!
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