Motivating your child to read for pleasure can be quite a challenge, but hang in there! Whether your child’s a certified bookworm or a budding reader, sharing a book is way more fun than reading alone. Here’s an idea - why not start your very own exclusive parent-child book club? This is a great way to stimulate your child’s appetite for reading and feed their nascent love of reading with high-quality material. The best part? You’ll get to bond with your little one too!
Read on for tips on starting a book club.
Pick a theme
Let your kid feel emotionally attached to the book club by personalising it to their liking. For a start, consider creating a theme that resonates with them. The theme can revolve around a specific genre of books they enjoy, or a series or author they like. Once this has been checked, go on and name your book club to help your little feel engaged. Opt for a catchy name and involve them in the naming process. Rope in your child’s friends to join in with suggestions if you’d like - then have the children cast a vote for their favourite name at your first book club meeting!
Choosing your books
Choosing the appropriate reading material is vital to spark your child’s love for reading.
Create a list of easy-to-read books that children in your book club can choose from. If you need some ideas, top of the chart books make good choices since it’s likely that your child has heard about these books or authors at school. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to seek the opinion of your local librarian who will have recommendations for the different reading levels. You also consolidate a book list from all book club members and have everyone vote for their next read. Remember - having fun is also a part of the reading process!
Deciding on the members
Limit the number of participants, else things might get too chaotic. On the flip side, if you have too few members, you might face trouble keeping the conversation flowing. A good number would be eight to 10 children, and you can even enlist the help of their parents to keep the kids engaged and comfortable.
Keep the conversation going
Don't direct the discussion too much and let the kids have a go at their own conversation. Never underestimate the maturity level of these children and you’ll find yourself surprised by the depth of their thoughts.
Keep some pointers in mind to prompt the kids when the need arises, to probe a bit more on their thinking process, moderate the conversation and encourage the shy children to speak up. You may also check the back of the book you're reading for a guide, or have some parents read the book and note some questions.
Establish channels of communication
Communication is essential to keep a book club going. There’ll be times when you want to communicate with the children or parents in your book club, whether to reschedule meetings, share photos taken, or to send out book recommendations. Seek the opinion of your group and agree with the best form of communication with one another. It could be via text messages, telephone, email or social media - come to a consensus with everyone and circulate a signup sheet to gather everyone’s contact details.
When children participate in a book club, they get to enjoy themselves in the process while reaping the benefits of reading. This novel way to promote reading and relationships can also bring friends and families closer together, so go ahead and incorporate these awesome book club suggestions and pick your books from GoGuru!