Mommy Daddy & Me book club is Saturday, March 18th 1:30-2:45 at the Carver Museum in Austin Texas. The kids voted in February and decided they’d read Gator on the Loose an Animal Rescue Team book by Sue Stauffacher.
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I put together a Spring Break early reader list for the family book club I lead and thought I’d share with you all.
The book club is for kids first through fourth grade. This list may come in handy while your kids are home from school this break. I like to keep three or four books sprinkled in the backseat for my kids or uploaded to my Kindle.
7 Early Reader Spring Break Books
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So although it’s a family book club, only the kids get to vote on the next months books. My lovelies voted between two sets of books.
The 2017 February Mommy, Daddy and Me book club books are…
Happy Reading. See you February 18th.
It’s the third year of Mommy, Daddy and Me book club. I’ve led the book club the first four months of the year since my daughter was in 1st grade. Now she’s a 3rd grader and I wondered about it being our swan song year with all of the other Saturday activities both she and my fifth grade son have on the books.
A talk with a good friend reminded me about the significance of book club to our community. The books chosen target grades 1-3 and we often get siblings around those grades K-5. I choose books that feature people of color as the protagonist (usually a child).
The first meeting the book(s) are chosen by me. Subsequent meetings the children vote from two books that I’ve researched. I count two picture books like one chapter book for the month. Our wonderful George Washington Carver Museum provides us the space, snacks and marketing on their site. Love!
This month we’re discussing
I’ll post discussion points after our January 28th meeting.
Update- We had a nice turn out for our January meeting with kids ranging from 5-12 years old. It takes some skill and family involvement to navigate that age range. Love how on involved the parents are and major shout out to my husband for asking more probing questions.
Book club flow
A few discussion points (some of the questions worked for either book):
This year I have the honor of leading a book club for 1st -3rd grade readers and their parents. I agreed to lead the book club because I wanted to share the love of reading with children and their parents and also have the ability to continually introduce children to books that featured children of color. I’m finding that preparing and guiding the readers through discussion is making me a better author.
The George Washington Carver Museum is hosting the book club the first Saturday of February – May. I chose the first book, Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. What a wonderful book to get us started. It took the readers out of the United States and gave them a glance of “Africa, amazing Africa.” The beautiful illustrations and playful story of a little girls’ middle class life was a relaxing read. Intended for pre-k and up, the language was suitable for a parent to read and both an emergent and experienced reader to enjoy. My biggest take away was asking the readers what was different about this book compared to other books they’d read and one little reader replied, “This one has black people in it.” Diversity in literature and entertainmentt matters.
The readers chose the next book from a choice of two or three books. Our March book was Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay. This gave us another opportunity to travel the globe as the author Hilary McKay resides in the UK and the language gives an illusion of a similar setting. I think this meeting went even better as I was able to gauge the flow of the readers and incorporate parent feedback.
I come prepared with an icebreaker to start and then ask the readers and parents a series of open ended questions. It’s also good to sometimes have the young readers pair up with a parent or a friend to answer a question and decide who’ll present their answer. Our meetings are 1.5 hours. This gives time for people to mingle, icebreaker, discussion and play afterwards. Forty minutes of discussion has been a good time to target.
Next month I gave them the choice of reading two picture books (Grace for President & Not Norman) or one chapter book-Home The Chapter Book (based on The True Meaning of Smekday). The readers overwhelming chose Home this month, which coincides with the release of the Dreamworks Movie Home. I think we’ll have a book club field trip to see the movie in early April.
If you’re looking to start a similar book club
Icebreakers we’ve used so far
Sample generic questions (Make them more specific to the book)
Enjoy and happy reading,