Lead Book Clubs for Kids & Teens
Why Have a Book Club?
Selecting Your Group
- Scholastic Discussion Guides - guides from popular children's publisher
- Talk It Up! discussion guides from Multnomah County Library
- Discussion guides: author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer at Wild Geese Guides
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?