College is practically out, and oldsters everywhere are starting to wonder what the heck to do with summer time looming before them. Here’s a good idea: Start a kids’ book club. Since it happens, I know just where to send you for information how to do it.: ) kids books

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp have considered the concept from their first book, “The Reserve Club Cookbook, ” and gone nuts with it in “The Kids’ E book Club Book, ” creating what is going to probably always stand as the definitive e book on organizing a youngsters’ reading club. It protects the how-tos of starting an e book membership for children, ways to spice up meetings, and includes lists of recommended books for certain era groups. 

Then they take these ideas and show you just what they’re discussing about, having a suggested publication and breaking it down for you. A shy book club organizer could take this book and work with it for a good chunk of time and never have to come up with a single original idea. By the time he finished, he’d be a pro and didn’t have any trouble carrying on by himself.

Example: The break-down of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”:

A brief synopsis of the book.
A couple of pages of “tidbits” on author Roald Dahl, including biographical notes and a discussion of racism in the original depiction of the Oompa-Loompas.
A menu for Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, a recipe created by Dahl himself with his wife, Felicity (with a warning that really extremely sweet).
A “candy inventing” activity.
A chocolate bar guessing game.
Conversation questions for the kids.
Sadly, no ideas how adults can manage a book club packed with kids hopped up on sweets. Luckily, it’s an unusual book that has this much candy in it!
Gelman and Levy Krupp interviewed something like five-hundred kids’ book clubs throughout the country, and it shows. This book is CRAMMED with book ideas, activities, recipes, discussion questions and more. I can’t envision a homeschool group, especially, that wouldn’t get a great deal out of it.

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