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The Last Word Book Club

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.

Kid Picks:

  • 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

My Picks:

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Cupcake Club: The Cat in the Hat

Here at the library, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday a little late this year.  I decided to have a Cat in the Hat themed Cupcake Club this month and it was a hit! 

First we donned Dr. Seuss hats and read The Cat in the Hat.

Then we played a Dr. Seuss matching game with characters from his different books.  After the game I tried to shoo them out, but those smart little cookies knew it was time to make their cupcakes.  And what better way to end the day then creating that famed red and white hat out of marshmallows and icing on top of a cupcake?

(Thanks to the Michelle over at Sugar Swings for her adorable idea!  Ours weren’t quite as fancy, but they were delicious all the same.)

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Cupcake Club: Valentine’s Day Style

Last month I started a new program at my library called the Cupcake Club geared towards the kindergarten sect.  Each month we read some stories and decorate a cupcake.   Sounds simple, right?  It is…and it’s lots of fun.  It’s amazing the turnout you get when you throw some food into the mix.  Just make sure you check for food allergies!

So, this month we celebrated Valentine’s Day.  First, we read some stories:

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie Friedman

Porcupining:  A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler

Then we made an adorable Valentine’s bumblebee out of hearts.  This idea was inspired by Michael Hall’s book My Heart is Like a Zoo in which all of the animals are made of hearts.

And finally, we made our cupcakes!

Overall, a fun and delicious day was had by all.

Other books that could be used for this program are Mousie Love by Dori Chaconas, Won’t You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder, and Zero Kisses for Me by Manuela Monari.

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