Magazine article Work & Family Life

Book Clubs Encourage Summer Reading

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Book Clubs Encourage Summer Reading

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Q My 8-year-old is in a summer book club and she loves it. The children pick out their own books and tell what they like (or don't like) about them. We visit libraries and bookstores and have "swap dates" to which everyone brings a book and explains why it's worth trading for.

-J.D., Chicago

A Book clubs are a great way to keep kids reading throughout the summer-and, as you have discovered, children enjoy talking about their favorite characters, what made them laugh, what scared them and what they didn't like.

Reading can be a jumping-off point for other kinds of fun as well. Parents Magazine suggests, for example:

Be creative. Children can act out a story, do a craft project based on a how-to book, or make personalized bookmarks using card stock and digital photography. Or they might design a "Busy Reading" sign for their bedroom door.

Reach out. Kids can contact book publishers or visit their websites to find out how to write their favorite authors. You might be surprised by how many authors will actually write back.

Write reviews. Kids can post online book reviews at or

These websites also offer young readers opportunities to connect with other readers their age:

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