Junior Book Club

Junior Book Club

Book club for kids!

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. Click here for printable resources including invitations, bookmarks etc.

Use the Contact Us form at the top of the page to reach out to your local library if you have questions about running a junior book club.

Book lists are available for:  5-7 years, 7-9 years, 9-11 years, 11-13 years.

For virtual: have parents or adults facilitate online book clubs with social media accounts such as Skype, Zoom or even Facetime.

Each member of your group is responsible for finding their own book:

Here are some suggestions on using the book lists:

  • everybody reads the same title and move down the list each month
  • each member reads a different title each month. Draw the titles out of a hat.

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

The leader needs to make sure that enough time is given to each member and noone is left out of the conversation. The leader can use these bookmarks to help with this.

Using the first book list for each age group we have gathered some ideas you might like to add to your next meeting.

Talk about the benefits of junior book club

  1. Book clubs promote a love of literature in a positive, nurturing environment. 
  2. Book clubs encourage critical thinking and deeper engagement with stories. 
  3. Book clubs provide accountability for students in reading and reading comprehension.

If your kids would like to start a junior book club we have some ideas that might be helpful:

  • Sometimes a group will need an adult’s help especially with getting to and from gatherings
  • We suggest a group of 6 or less is best
  • Make sure that the kids in your club are at a similar reading level.
  • We encourage kids to be a leader of their own junior book club but sometimes a group may need an adult to be the leader – maybe this could be you!
  • Join the kids up to your local library  or join online this will give them access to all our branch libraries and online resources
  • 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. Show them how to download an eBook or eAudiobook. Show them Storybox Library so they can watch and listen to an online storytime
  • Tempt the kids to look for more books by the author they really enjoyed or on the theme they related to
  • 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.

Amazing author, Dee White, talks about book clubs.