A step by step guide to creating a successful and much-loved book club in your school, community or online.
I’ve been in adult book clubs on and off since my late teens and found them a wonderful source of literary goodness, scrumptious food and lifelong friendships.
I’ve applied the same model of book clubs to younger readers and I’ve set up countless book clubs over the years for tweens, teens, English as an additional language students, Harry Potter obsessives and groups of family friends. I’ve made all the mistakes I assure you! I want to help you create a book club which is the buzz of the school or your local community.
In Build a Book Club I’ve distilled all my learnings, research and resources
into a six week course.
ok, start thinking about possible members for your
While you ponder membership and cake recipes, let me take the legwork out of the organisational aspect of it, after all, I am a librarian and we are known for our skills in curating content!
What Can You Expect from Build a Book Club?
Build a Book Club is a step by step guide to creating a successful and much-loved book club in your school, community or online. All the best groups start (and have longevity) where there is a strong foundation and some key objectives underpinning it!
The Basics of Bookclubbing
The how and why of bookclubbing. Why start or join a book club and covering all the basics you need to consider before opening your first book club read!
Balance in All Things
A balanced literary diet – a feast of genres. Just like we talk about eating a balanced diet and balancing screen time with time outdoors, we need to find balance in what we read as a bookclub.
Acknowledging and reflecting on diversity and the power of reading books by authors with lived experience of race, disability, sexual and gender diversity.
Tech and Reading
Will we read in print, as an ebook or though audio? There is an element of apprehension amongst parents and educators about reading in the digital age but on the upside, technology means we are now more connected to the stories of others, worldwide and in our local community, than ever.
The basics are done. Now to add the Frills.
Admit it. You’re here for the food and the drinks as much as the books! How to take your book club to the next level with themed literary food, craft options (glitter is not going to kill you I promise) and planning social outings to bookstore and library events.
Resources and Read on
Like a good librarian does, I’ve curated the best content I could find and put it all in the one place. Here you’ll find links to websites for further reading, ideas for magazines you might like to subscribe to and links to some of my favourite authors…
The material in this e-course is especially useful for students in years three - eight or your child aged approximately 9 – 15 years old. Content is aimed at adults and all book recommendations should be perused for suitability for your reader.
you will receive;
- A video welcome from me, outlining the module
- Comprehensive module notes
- Suggested books and reading links
- Actionable points
- A recipe idea to stash away for future meetings
You will be welcomed into the 26,000+ strong Facebook Group, Your Kid’s Next Read – moderated by authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby and myself, where the conversations can continue.
Book Club are an Extra-curricular Activity
with a Twist
As parents we drive and drop off our children to dance, sporting pursuits and the local speech and drama studio or Girl Guides hut. Build a Book Club is about establishing an extra-curricular activity with a bit of a difference whether you are an educator, parent, librarian or bookstore owner looking to set up a social group – you get to enjoy the book, the food and the emerging friendships. Book Clubs are not a drop and go activity, they are all about connections – with others and with books. If you’re lucky? Book club might just become your favourite extra-curricular activity.
A step by step guide to creating a successful and much-loved book club in your school, community or online. All the best groups start (and have longevity) where there is a strong foundation and some key objectives underpinning it!