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Children's Book Clubs
So, I'm interested in starting a book club at my kids' elementary school as a PTA-sponsored activity. Not sure exactly how to structure it, other than split into three groups - Kindergarten; 1-2 grades; 3-5 grades. I've been researching online, so I can present this idea at the next PTA executive meeting on Jan 12th, and found a few great resources. Notable ones are

Mayor Daley's Elementary Book Club
Kids Read
The Kids' Book Club Book Recommendations
Lazy Readers
Assn. for Library Service to Children

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions or been a part of a kids' book club? eleme, I thought of you and wondered if you had any advice or other kids' websites that I can read through.

On a personal note, Maya has been reading books in spurts lately. She devoured all of the Spiderwick Chronicles books, reading all 5 books in the series in about a week and a half. She's now going through the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles books. We've watched the movie twice, which she loves. She started reading Coraline before we left for vacation. Before that, she did read City of Ember and enjoyed it. I want to read it myself, since I believe a movie is coming out. The story itself seems very interesting. This and the Narnia series are deemed to be for grades 4-6, but Maya has read them early. The first two Narnia books, she read in the 2nd grade, last year. She asked for Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling for Christmas and she got it, so I expect her to start that one soon.

I like that she's asking for books as presents.

I know she's read more, but since I'm not at home to look at her bookshelf, I can't remember them off the top of my head. I think she read a Pokemon book or two, and maybe a Captain Underpants one...

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From: disneys_belle Date: January 6th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Priya! Long time, no chat. But, I had to chime in. Bailey says the best gift he got for Hanukkah this year was a book. I can't even remember the title...I just picked it up, read the back, and it sounded like something he'd like. He just turned 9, is in 4th grade, and loves to read. That makes me happy because I love to read too!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 7th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that awesome? They are getting so big!
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: January 6th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Im sure Cheyanne would recommend The Riddle and The Naming.

She cant stop talking about them when she reads them. No thoughts on the book club though. It sounds like a great idea!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 7th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Just read the descriptions on Amazon...looks cool! We'll check them out on our next trip to the bookstore. Thanks!
ayslinn From: ayslinn Date: January 7th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Aidan loved Coraline and can't wait for the movie! We all read City of Ember and its sequels. The movie was in theaters for about a minute in October -- we missed it, but it will be released on video at the end of this month.
He's currently reading the first book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, and just finished Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. She also wrote The Thief Lord, which is a great book! The other thing he read recently was a book by one of my favorite authors. Un Lun Dun is by China Mieville, and it's sort of along the lines of Coraline. It got rave reviews from the kid :) Isn't it awesome when they can read real books?!
As far as the book club goes, I don't have any good hints. We have a reading program at the school that grades 2 and up participate in, and that kind of drives our reading. It's one of the things our PTO supports, paying for system updates. That might be something to discuss with your principal and board if you don't already have something similar in place. You can e-mail me at my LJ username at gmail if you'd like to talk more -- I would love to talk PTO too!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 7th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, wtf, I totally missed City of Ember in the theaters! Here I am still waiting. LOL Chris is going to get it on netflix.

We were looking into the Inkheart series by C. Funke...we'll check out Thief Lord too. I didn't know that China Mieville wrote anything for kids!

I want to know more about the reading program you guys have!
From: tvlbhat Date: January 10th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
have you seen this site??
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 12th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! They haven't updated since November 7th - do you know if they are just on hiatus?
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