Book Clubbing!: Successful Book Clubs for Young People

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Education - 128 pages
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This practical guide demonstrates how to sponsor a successful, student-led book club for grades k through 12 that is fun, easy-to-implement, and encourages reading. Establishing a book club for children and young people that's self-sustaining and successful long-term is a challenge that this book addresses and conquers. According to recent research, allowing young people to choose their reading material, environment, and activity can make the vital difference in establishing a lifelong reading habit. "Book Clubbing!: Successful Book Clubs for Young People" offers practical tips on creating book clubs that involve students of all ages and reading levels--including special education students, second language learners, and reluctant readers--making it easy to have fun, productive, and educational book clubs and other reading events. The book begins with a discussion of the current research on reading and practical tips from experienced sponsors and participants, followed by suggestions on customizing book clubs to fit the students' needs and how to add "sparkle" to the club with field trips, readers theatre, guest speakers, and mystery games. The book offers a wide variety of reading activities, ensuring a dynamic, lively reading group. Numerous forms, booklists, booktalks, reading lists, and resource websites offer additional help for educators and library staff. Especially unique and valuable is the reading activities chapter that includes reproducible reading games, a readers theatre script, a folktale "rap," and various booktalks and contests. It features bibliographic lists of works cited after each chapter; an index of authors, titles, and reading activities by age; and figures are included with selected activities and reading games. The book provides strategies for addressing the issue of waning enthusiasm for reading activities in older students; stresses the importance of giving students freedom to choose their reading materials and encouraging them to share their reading with others; and offers assistance for starting book clubs with young people in hospitals, community centers, public libraries, bookstores as well as school libraries.

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We are attracted to this book because of all the new possibilities for using technologies to create a reading culture in the school. Alas, the only use of technology we could find in the book was the ... Read full review

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If you have never done a book club, then this book might be for you. It provides many tips, forms, booklists, book talks and many other ideas for getting a book club successfully going. While almost ... Read full review


Just the Facts Research on Reading and Book Clubs
Back to Our Book Sponsors The Adult Leaders
Make It Work The Place Setting
The Book Clubbers Lets Go Clubbing
Reading Activities The Fun Begins
Cover to Cover Recommended GroupReads
Talk That Book Book Club Resources
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Carol Littlejohn is a certified librarian and teacher. Her published works include Linworth's four-volume series, Talk That Book! Booktalks to Promote Reading. Her website,, is devoted to promoting reading and book clubs.