Whether you want to get your friends together and lead a book club or prefer to use our lists of reading suggestions, this is the place for you.
You can run your Book Club any way you like, but if you would like a little help we have come up with some ideas for you. The information on this website is the same information found in the printable guide you can open HERE or pick one up for free from your library.
If you pick up a guide from the library, have a chat with library staff about the best Book List for your group and they will print it for you.
As a leader
Here is your to-do list :
- read the information we have about about Junior Book Clubs
- Gather a group of friends together. We suggest a group of 6 or less is best. These Junior Book Club Invitations can be printed and used to invite your friends to join you
- if you like the idea of organised book discussion print the RRL Junior Book Club Book Marks (or get free ones from your library)
- you can pop in to one of our libraries at any time to have a chat about the RRL Junior Book Club, send us an email or call.
How to choose your books
Our Book Lists are colour coded. Choose a list that best suits your group. Lists can change from time to time as new books come out. We do not guarantee that all books will be available in our libraries but you can choose a different book if you like.
Each member of your group is responsible for finding their own book. There are several ways they can get the book :
- borrow it from the library
- download an ebook or eaudio book from the library’s website
- listen to it on Storybox
- buy it from a book store or online
Choose one list and use this all year. Your Book Club might like to
- all read the same title and move down the list each month
- each choose a different title and try a new one each month
Each year you can choose another list in your colour or move on to another a colour!
We have great lists for groups of boys, for groups of girls and lists that are great for groups with both boys and girls. We also have suggestions for themes.
If you would like to recommend a book for our list, or to put on our website, send us a message.
When your Book Club meets
At your first meeting talk about how to run your Book Club
- where you will meet, what time you will meet and how long a meeting will go for (we recommend 30-60 minutes)
- which book you will read (use our Book Lists)
- do you want food and drink (we suggest everyone brings a drink for themselves and something small to share)
- hand out the RRL Junior Book Club Book Marks (optional)
- this is a great activity to get to know your friends’ reading preferences
Each time you get together the Leader gets everyone comfortable and ready to start. The leader needs to make sure that enough time is given to each member and noone is left out of the conversation. If your group is using the Bookmarks the Leader follows this order :
- Word Hunter
- Book swap
- Role swap
Create an online bookclub!
Hey guys, get the adults to help you get online with your Bookclub. There are some great facetime tools like ZOOM and SKYPE. Even using your parents’ facebook and youtube can keep you sharing some great books between your group.
Print these double-sided or collect a FREE RRL Junior Book Club Guide from your local library
Use BOOKMARKS to give each person a role for your Book Club meeting. Make sure you hand them out before the meeting so everyone has time to follow the instructions for your next meeting.
There are 8 roles.
This is the order that would work well at a Book Club discussion :
1. Leader – this person controls the meeting and makes sure each person gets a turn. If not all the BOOKMARKS are used the Leader can leave them out or take on these roles as well or can give other members an extra role.
2. Question – this person comes up with just one question to ask the group eg What is your book about? or Where is your story set? or What year is your story from?
3. Illustrator- A lot of money is put into creating book covers to attract your attention. This person can ask everyone to vote on their favourite cover from the books read for the meeting or talk about the cover of their own book
4. Characters – this person might ask Who was the nastiest character in your book? or Did you like your main character? Useful worksheet to print.
5. Word Hunter – this person finds an unusual word in their own book, provides several definitions and asks everyone to guess which one is right
6. Author – this person talks about their author and asks everyone how they think their own author was influenced to write their book.
7. Book swap – this person asks everyone which book they are going to read next from the list
8. BOOKMARKS – this person collects all the bookmarks, shuffles them and hands them out again for the next meeting.
Reading guides, crafts and more (optional)
Using the first book list for each age group we have gathered some ideas you might like to add to your next meeting.
Do you have a question?
We are very happy to answer your questions. You can call us on 02 6926 9755 or use the contact form.