Last night was the first meeting of my new book club, The Last Word. The Last Word is a book club where children in grades 3-5 can discuss what they are reading and get suggestions from other kids who love to read as much they do. There is no assigned book; just an open discussion of whatever books are shaking up their world.
I started this type of book club because I found that when I had assigned books in the past, half of the 4 kids that were coming hadn’t read (or finished) the book. It made it pretty hard to have a discussion when no one knew what happened in the story! But having a book club with bright-eyed little readers was one of the things I was most excited to do when I became a librarian, so I couldn’t give up that easily. I know how much I love sharing what I’m reading with my colleagues and friends and thought, hey! Maybe kids just want to talk about the books they love with other kids! And voila, The Last Word was born.
As we gathered around a bowl of popcorn, the four 3rd grade girls that came shared the books they’re loving right now, while I threw in a couple of my picks as well. Below are the books we discussed.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
- Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular-Party-Girl by Rachel Renee Russell
- Lexi by L.S. Matthews
- The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little
- Julie’s Wolfpack by Jean Craighead George
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- Heart to Heart with Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman
- The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
- The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin