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Why Have a Book Club?
Selecting Your Group
Getting Organized
Choosing Books
Leading Discussions

Leading Discussions

Discussion Guides - Children's Books
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Discussion Guides - Teen Books
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Tips - plan ahead
  • Nametags are helpful if people don’t know each other.
  • Ground rules: Respect all opinions; don't interrupt.
  • A “reading party” atmosphere keeps it relaxed.
  • Snacks can add to the fun.
  • The book should be fresh in your mind.
  • Add activities like crossword puzzles, word finds, a movie, or a field trip.
  • Learn more about the author and his/her other books.
  • Simple written evaluations are helpful such rating books.
Tips - during the discussion
  • Use ice breakers to get people comfortable in the group.
  • Redirect questions back to the group—the leader doesn't have all answers!
  • Involve quiet members; ask to read a question or passage from the book.
  • Keep a balance between staying on track and allowing spontaneity.
  • Use both generic questions and questions specific to the book.
  • Ask participants to write their own questions. Put in a basket and have each participant select one.
  • If the group hates the book, go with it! Ask why. Sometimes those discussions turn out to be some of the best.
  • Remember that every group is unique.
Generic discussion questions
  • Did you like the book? Why or why not?
  • Which character did you like the most or least?
  • What problems did the characters face?
  • Which scene do you remember the most?
  • Is there anything that seemed unbelievable or fake?
  • Are you satisfied or disappointed with the ending?
  • What was the author trying to say in the book?
  • If you wrote to the author, what would you say?

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