I was very pleased to be able to talk about one of my favourite topics, student book clubs, in a webinar tonight. Eduwebinars hosts some of the best educacational webinars around and if you don’t already follow them on social media, I highly recommend that you do. Founder and national director, Karen Bonanno puts together quite an amazing array of webinars each year – which you can see here.
With the popularity of groups like Oprah’s Book Club and (my favourite TV show) The First Tuesday Book Club, it is abundantly clear that reading is still a popular and mainstream pastime. Many, many adults love talking books and engaging socially with others who enjoy the same.
Book Clubs help adults to…
- Connect with others through a shared love of literature
- Discuss the big ideas and messages in literature
- Personally connect with a story or character.
As teachers or teacher librarians, we can take the idea of an adult book club into a school context and transfer this depth of thought, discussion and engagement with book to our students.
Over the years, and at several different schools, I have run various book clubs including:
- Mother Daughter book club
- Father Son book club
- Class Books Club – in ‘Literature Circle’ style
- Lunchtime book clubs
- English Extension book club
- Friendship based book club
- International student book club
For working out general questions I often refer to these links:
And I store other inspirational sites on my Pinterest page here.
Some of the most popular books we have shared are below. Many of these titles I have reviewed in full on the blog and for a look at all my posts on my current book, Girl Zone Book Club, see here.
The Golden Day | U Dubosarsky | Sydney 1967, mystery, Charles Blackman
Hana’s Suitcase |K Levine | war, holocaust, survival, hope, history, Japan
The Red Necklace | S Gardner | French Revolution, Paris, historical fiction
The River Charm | B Murrell | charm bracelet, historical Australian fiction
Homecoming series | C Voigt | self-reliance, children, single parents, survival
Don’t Call Me Ishmael | M Bauer | Moby Dick, debating, schools, friends
In the Sea There are Crocodiles |F Geda | Afghanistan, Italy, asylum, hope
One Perfect Pirouette | S Clark | family, ballet, realistic fiction, sport
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys | J French | war, historical fiction, women in war
The Longest War | N Antle | Vietnam War, mothers, mental health, families
Pharaoh: The Boy Who Conquered the Nile | J French |Egypt, history, Pharaoh
The Truth About Verity Sparks | S Green | Victorian London, orphans, mystery
Nanberry: Black Brother White | J French | Australian history, Indigenous history
On Orchard Road | E Edgar | new siblings, moving, changes, family
Ginger Snaps | C Cassidy | bullying, friends, schools, realistic fiction
The White Giraffe | L St John | South Africa, game reserves, schools, families
To the Boy in Berlin | E Honey | migration, refugees, prejudice, family
My Name is Mina | D Almond | family, grief, schools, realistic fiction
Angel Creek | S Rippin |blend of realistic fiction and fantasy, family, angels
Surface Tension | M McKinlay |mystery, suspense, friendship, family
Though My Eyes series, | various authors | realistic contemporary fiction, war, young people
My Australian Story series | various authors | Australian historical fiction, personal stories
Roses are Blue | S Murphy | verse novel, poetry, family, resilience, trauma, disability
Stuff Happens series | various authors | ‘boy’ focus, realistic fiction, family, schoolyard, contemporary
Withering-by-Sea |J Rossell | historical, family, adventure, intrigue, mystery
On Track | K Apel | verse novel, poetry, family, sports, schoolyard, siblings, additional needs
The Ratcatchers Daughter | P Rushby | historical fiction, family, society, women, occupations, Australian
A Single Stone | M McKinlay | dystopian, children, women, power, control, society, strength
The Mapmaker Chronicles | A.L. Tait | fantasy, adventure, quest, world, mapping, race, friendship
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy | K Foxlee | fantasy, re-told fairytale, power, quest, adventure
The Protected | C Zorn | YA (mature themes), grief, family, siblings, family, school, emotion
One True Thing | N Hayes | YA (mature themes), politics, family, music, friends, love, bullying, secrets
Two Wolves | T Bancks | mature themes, family, destiny, adventure, siblings, trust
Loyal Creatures | M Glietzman | mature themes, was, Australia, Middle East, horses, historical, loyalty
Soon | M Glietzman | mature themes, part of series, was, holocaust, loss, grief, friendship, loyalty, trust
Are you Seeing Me | D Groth | YA, family, grief, siblings, twins, additional needs, travel, realistic fiction.
I am Juliet and I Am Ophelia | J French | mature themes, love, women, history retold, Shakespeare
Intruder | C Bongers | mature themes, family, grief, loss, neighbourhood, friendship, trust
The Tribe series | A Kwaymullina | YA, trilogy, fantasy, power, adventure, friendship, tribes
The Ravens Wing | F Watts | YA, historical fiction, Ancient Rome, family, women, power, control, secrets
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