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Book clubs are sprouting up all over, and so are book club guides-but t all book club guides are equal. Many focus on a specific type of book club, or they take a generic approach of one size fits all; and most do t take into account the special needs of librarians and educators working with young readers. This guide has it all, and it will help you ensure that your book club meetings are both fun and educational. Focusing on children in grades 3-8 (and their families), the book offers 100 ready-made book club instructions for popular children's and YA titles-from newer releases, such as Theresa Nelson's Ruby Electric and Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer to perennial favorites and award-winning classics, such as Johanna Hurwitz's Much Ado about Aldo and Gary Soto's Baseball in April and Other Stories. Along with thought-provoking discussion questions, you'll find all the background information you need to conduct lively book discussions with a variety of readers-plot summary, themes and characters description, genre, reading level, author and award information, related reads, and more. The guide describes four types of family-oriented book clubs-family, mother/daughter, father/son, and readers' rap-as well as a book club for kids only. The author provides practical instructions for making each type of book club successful. For each title, she provides a plot summary, characterization sketches, questions to use for provocative discussion, and follow-up bibliographies on similar reads. Notes on genres, themes, and reading levels are also provided. The selected titles reflect some of the best, most current, and most popular children's literature. In addition, a broad scope of genres and multicultural titles are included. Perfect for public library programs and after school book clubs, this is a one-stop resource, with practical, ready-made plans that can easily be adapted to multiple environments. Grades 3-8.
Rita Soltan an independent Library Youth Services Consultant, is a former children's librarian of New York and Michigan, where she also supervised youth services departments for 15 years. An active member of ALA/ALSC, Soltan currently chairs the Education Committee of this group. She is Past Chair of the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association and she has written for the MLA Forum, the electronic journal for the Michigan Library Association. Soltan also reviews children's books for Kirkus Review and School Library Journal.