Junior Book Clubs – Information for adults

If your kids would like to start a Junior Book Club we have some ideas that might be helpful for you too :

  • although Junior Book Club (JBC)  is for kids sometimes a group will need an adult’s help especially with getting to and from gatherings
  • Make sure that the kids in your club are at a similar reading level. Having radically younger members with kids who are older is likely to cause friction and maybe hurt feelings. If there are multiple ages of kids, consider an older book and a younger book each time, so that the kids can focus on the book they find most satisfying
  • we encourage kids to be a Leader of their own Junior Book Club but sometimes a group may need an adult to be Leader – maybe this could be you!
  • if your child shows an interest in being the Leader of a Junior Book Club print this FREE Junior Book Club Leader’s Guide or collect one from any of our libraries
  • even if your child does not want to be in a group but likes to read you are welcome to use our Book Lists
  • our lists are ‘for girls‘, ‘for boys‘ and ‘for all‘ but a good book is open to anyone and your children should feel free to choose books that interest them from any list
  • help your child to print the Book Lists. These are colour coded by age and have a variety of themes to challenge a child’s imagination. Ask questions about the books. Maybe read the book too!
  • help to print the RRL Junior Book Club Book Marks and Invitations (both optional – also available in the JBC Leader’s Guide)
  • this is a great activity to get to know your group
  • recommend Junior Book Club to Scouts and Girl Guides
  • join the kids up to your local library which gives them access to all our branch libraries and online resources
  • take them to the library or visit our website regularly and help your kids search our catalogue to find their books
  • keep an eye on their loans as fines can accrue when books are overdue
  • make sure they have lots of leisure time to read
  • help them to reserve a book which might be on loan or at another library ($1 fee)
  • be aware of the many ways kids can ‘read’ a book
  1. show them how to download an ebook or eaudio book
  2. show them Storybox so they can listen to a famous personality read the book
  • show the kids how to look up the author’s biography
  • tempt the kids to look for more books by the author they really enjoyed or on the theme they related to
  • provide your kids with a book shelf to build their collections and keep their Book Club stuff
  • provide your kids with an exercise book to jot down notes. No spelling required!
  • offer some book money and take them shopping or let them buy from the Scholastic catalogues provided to school
  • Craft time can be a great time for discussion and looking at their crafts at home reminds children of how much fun book club is and how much they want to go to the next meeting. We have put together a variety of activities you might like to try. These are based on the main list from each reading age
  • If you want to make the meeting more interactive and engaging for high energy kids, consider adding a game! Having a game in the experience will make the lessons of the book stay with the student for longer. Games like Roll and Retell combine discussion with an action.

And most importantly!

  • never turn Junior Book Club into a chore! If they didn’t like the book, they might not read it and that’s OK. Book Club can help them to verbalise how a book affected them. Encourage them to talk about what it was they didn’t like about the book so they can bring it up at their next meeting. Many is the time an adult said they didn’t like a specific book when they were a child only to revisit the book as an adult before they understood it.