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Creating a Book Club for Kids

Our monthly book clubs are one of the best things that ever happened to our homeschool.

From the first attempt at the fun for the Hunger Games to our most recent book styled two ways for the Green Ember, our book clubs have become a huge hit with my kids.

Of course, this means that I receive a lot of questions about is starting a book club for kids.  And while a lot of information about my book clubs can be found on this blog and my YouTube channel, I thought I’d answer some of your most common questions.

How to create a book club for your kids! Continue Reading

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My Children’s Book Club Plans this Year

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Last year I organized two successful book clubs for my daughters:  The Arrow Book Club (5th/6th) and the Boomerang Book Club (7th/8th).  We follow the Brave Writer literature suggestions for our titles and our family uses the Brave Writer Language Arts book guides at home.

This year the girls have graduated so the Arrow Book Club will include 6th and 7th grade girls while the Boomerang Book Club will include 8th and 9th grade girls.  I will also be adding a boys book club for 3rd-6th grade boys! Continue Reading

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Book Club: Anne of Green Gables

anne_of_green_gables-702891While our January Boomerang Book Club meeting couldn’t re-locate to Prince Edward Island, I did attempt to capture the feeling of a tea party with Anne at Green Gables as much as possible.

The table was set for a full tea party to enjoy over our book discussion.   At the center of our table were pink roses, after all, Anne herself declares, “After all, the only read roses are pink ones.  They are the flowers of love and faith.”

The treats at our table included raspberry cordial, pudding (though it wasn’t plum), cookies, cucumber sandwiches, and biscuits with strawberry preserves.

My plan was to make homemade vanilla ice cream after our discussion and craft, but we had had enough sugar.

IMG_0798Part of the sugary fun included this layered pudding in a cup, complete with a sculpey clay mouse who didn’t fall in!  But we enjoyed the memory of Anne’s plum pudding mishap.

All in all, our discussion of the book went well.  It was a typical book discussion with middle school girls.  Lots of giggles.  Lots of quiet.  Lots of distraction.  But in the middle of the giggles, insightful discussion existed.

We had a very thoughtful discussion about whether or not Anne of Green Gables was a piece of feminist literature.  I was impressed with the girls’ conclusions which were supported with good reasoning.

The “Think Piece Questions” included with every Boomerang Guide provided a great platform for some good discussions.  We also discussed the “hook and return” the author used in this book, as explained Week Four of the Brave Writer Boomerang Guide.  I appreciated the insight into the connection between the opening chapter and the concluding one.

IMG_2023After our discussion, the girls created an Anne of Green Gables bookmark.  We dubbed it the “Creepy Craft” because it appeared that Anne was squished in my book.

We laughed and laughed and laughed over this one.  But in the end, each of the girls made their memorable book mark, complete with their favorite quotes.


In the end, a great time was had by all.  I feel so fortunate to have such fun with this group of gals!


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Boomerang Book Club: The Outsiders

Our Boomerang Book Club has been such a success this year!

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November’s meeting was no exception. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton was our title for the month and these 7th and 88th-gradegirls all enjoyed the book.

The uniqueness of this book is enhanced if you read a bit of background about the author, a high school aged girl.  She wrote the majority of the book the year that she received a D in Creative Writing, an interesting story in itself.

But I digress…

Our bookclub meeting for The Outsiders was full of memorable fun! Continue Reading