Girls' Book Club
My own children do not like to read...there- I said it! As a reading specialist, it breaks my heart, but I still make them read while bribing them. Last year, I started a girls' book club for my daughter and her friends. It was easy to find a book because I knew The Giver was going to be coming out as a movie in August, so The Giver was the obvious choice. We met three times over the summer, once in June, once in July and again on the opening night of the movie. For each meeting, the girls brought their books and I led the discussion of the assigned chapters. Several moms joined the group and were happy to have shared reading time with their daughters. I was very impressed with the girls discoveries and their thoughts about the plot and characters. I thought that our discussion would last 10-15 minutes, then we'd have a snack and the girls would play. This was not the case, the girls talked for hours about the book. I even hung large post- it notes in my dining room, where the girls added their favorite part, drew a picture or asked questions. They loved it! My daughter who was of course embarrassed about the whole thing, at first was peer pressured into reading the book, but ended up loving it. The night of movie release, we went to a local Chinese restaurant, discussed the ending of the book, and then went to see the movie. After the movie, we stood in the lobby for a long time as the girls discussed what they liked and what they were disappointed about in the movie vs. the book. I tweeted about the experience to Walden Publishing (they produced the movie) and they actually retweeted my post with the girls' picture. They girls were so excited! This summer, we are reading The Westing Game... I am hoping for a repeat of the excitement of last year.