Start a Family Book Club

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Looking for a summertime tip to help your family stay connected in this fast-paced world? Start a parent-child book club to simply and economically make connections with your children through a community of books. Parents will especially appreciate how this activity will easily blend into their already busy lives.
To get started, find a few like-minded friends and their children who are interested in joining you on this adventure. Agree on the goals and ground rules for your family book club. Choose a first book that will be challenging but also fun and engaging to read.

The host adult for each meeting can draft open-ended discussion questions that will ideally stimulate a rewarding and meaningful book discussion. Also the host can create enrichment activities such as book-inspired art or science projects, snacks, field trips, movement or sports activities, and games or puzzles.

Summertime book clubs could focus on books that highlight the outdoors. Enjoy reading the books that your group has selected, and bonding with your family through discussions and related activities.

Summertime is the perfect time to start a family book club!

Melissa Stoller, co-author, The Parent-Child Book Club: Connecting With Your Kids Through Reading (Melissa Stoller & Marcy Winkler, HorizonLine Publishing, 2009, This is a comprehensive resource book with step-by-step instructions for organizing and conducting your family book club. The 20 Book Club Model Guides provide everything busy parents need to get started.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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