The Parent-Child Book Club: Connecting With Your Kids Through Reading, is a comprehensive resource presenting easy-to-follow ideas for organizing and conducting a parent-child book club for children ages 4-9. Through reading and discussing books, and engaging in related enrichment activities, families will promote long-lasting and meaningful connections.
Additionally, children will have the opportunity to further develop reading and analytical skills, to foster a love of reading, and to explore thought-provoking thematic activities. Throughout the book, the authors offer concrete suggestions about how to choose stimulating books and craft thoughtful discussion questions, develop art and science projects, serve theme-related food, create puzzles and word games, organize physical activities and field trips, and plan other enrichment activities.
The authors also provide expert guidance about developing goals and guidelines for the book club, establishing book club routines, and leading the book club meetings. Significantly, the book contains 20 fully-tested “Book Club Model Guides” that set forth everything the reader needs to run successful meetings. Busy parents can simply use these Model Guides to efficiently conduct the meetings. Also included are valuable sections regarding quick tips for success, book club do’s and don’ts, and real life issues solved. Time-saving lists of common art supplies that relate to many projects, and lists of projects that complement many book themes, are also offered. Especially useful are annotated lists of age-appropriate children’s books, adult reference books, and helpful websites.
Finally, the authors present a research-based analysis of why making connections with children matters. They provide a myriad of concrete suggestions for facilitating connections through the book club, and for broadening these moments to create meaningful bonds in family life. By following the parent-child book club model, parents will embark on an adventure that sparks a lifetime of family connections.
About the Authors
Melissa Stoller is a freelance writer. She has written more than 30 articles on family-related topics. Before beginning her writing career, Melissa taught early childhood education as well as law school legal writing. She also served as a law school career counselor and practiced law for several years. Melissa is an Advisory Board Member of the Children’s Aid Society, Rhinelander Children’s Center. She earned a B.A. from Wells College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters, ages 12, 9, and 3.
Marcy Winkler is a research librarian for a major investment bank, and was the Director of Graduate Recruiting at Barnard College. Marcy earned a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from New York University Law School, and a Master of Library Science from Queens College. Marcy lives in New York City with her husband and three children, ages 13, 10 and 6.