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

Selecting Your Group
Starting to organize your group? Try one of these six models. Groups can be organized for teens as well as for younger children. Teens can help facilitate groups for younger children.

Mother/Daughter Book Club
Girls with their mothers
  • Shared activity can bring mothers and daughters closer together.
  • Sensitive opinions can be shared outside of normal conversation.
  • Books with strong female characters can be chosen.
  • Inter-generational perspectives can promote undestanding.
Parent/Child Book Club
Can include either parent, and one or more of their children
  • Entire families can come together.
  • The value of reading is affirmed by a family.
  • Males provide a different energy level in the group.
  • Male perspective adds an additional dimension.
  • Respect between boys and girls can be fostered.
"Guys Read" Book Club
A male leader works with an all-male group
  • Boys have fun reading and talking about books outside of school.
  • Adult men model the joy of reading.
  • Books of greater interest to boys can be chosen.
"Girls Read" Book Club
A female leader works with an all-female group
  • Books with strong female characters can be emphasized.
  • Experience has shown that girls feel more free to share in an all-girl group.
  • Helps promote higher self-esteem and confidence in girls.
Adult Leader Book Club
A male or female leader works with a group of boys and girls
  • One adult leader can have a positive impact on many kids.
  • Respect between boys and girls can be fostered.
  • Kids can give adult leader a contemporary perspective on growing up in today's world.
Online Book Club
Group discusses online instead of in person using any book club model
  • Can accommodate many people.
  • Can accommodate many schedules.
  • Members can participate from any location. No transportation needed.
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