By interacting with their favorite books, students can increase their comprehension and ability to discuss what they know. When students meet with their friends to complete art projects and Web-based activities, they turn reading into a social activity, and that encourages them to keep reading.


1. Take a look at some booklists to find a book that the group is interested in, or choose a book that everyone already wants to read:

o Caldecott Medal Winners

o Children’s Choices

o Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

o Newbery Medal Winners

o Notable Children's Books

o Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

2. Each time they meet, they should have a discussion of the section of the book their book club has read. Encourage them to talk about what their favorite parts are, what is confusing, and what they think will happen next. Make sure all club members get a chance to talk and share their opinions.

3. Encourage the group to keep track of what they've read using a Reading Record.


· Act it out: Have everyone choose a character from the story, and act out a scene from the chapter they are reading.

· Write it out: Have everyone choose a character from the story, and write a letter to one of the other characters about what's happening in the story right now. When they're finished, exchange letters. Use the Letter Generator (see also the Letter Generator Tips) or Postcard Creator (see also the Postcard Creator Tips).

· Illustrate it: Have everyone choose a scene that they would like to draw using the art supplies.

· Review it: Use the Favorite Book Review Form to keep track of the books you like the best.

· Create you own: Ask book club members to invent new ways to bring the book to life.

Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 20145

Thursday, April 16, 2015