In such extraordinary times, families, schools and library teams are looking for ways to adapt to
our ‘new normal’.
Many young people are diving deep into books at the moment –
because the world has slowed down enough to allow more time to read and because books offer an escape into a better or alternate place*.
Book clubs help to form strong literary relationships with like-minded peers, readers and with actual books.
Being a member of a book club ensures reading is a priority.
Book clubs build literary knowledge and skills.
Reading alongside young people can be the perfect way to kickstart tricky discussions.
Book clubs reads grow as your child or student grows and your relationship changes.
Book clubs help to create memories and positive reading experiences which will be long remembered.
I have been trying to work out the best way to convert these to virtual book clubs without them becoming yet another online meeting. The online meetup options have worked really well for a time, but screen fatigue and screen time in general is a real concern.
‘Bookclubbing Through Coronavirus’ is a quick start guide to launching or maintaining an online book club for children and their peers, at school or with extended family.
Over three quick modules you’ll learn all the basics to get started and be introduced to some excellent books for young people from Year Three – Year Twelve.
‘Build a Bookclub’ is Megan Daley’s full six week course about book clubs and will be on offer again soon, but for now,