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Readers Recommend
Book Club Tip
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Spring, 2008

Welcome to the second edition of Book Beat, a newsletter for kids' and teen book clubs. 
Springtime means book clubs are brainstorming summer titles and looking ahead to next year's reading list.  We're pleased to bring you current book recommendations from groups around the country.  You'll also find activity ideas and tips from creative youth book clubs.  

Enjoy the spring and summer months.  And please take a moment to share news from your book club with us.

Warm wishes,

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Kids' Book Club Book 
and The Book Club Cookbook
Readers Recommend
Recommended books Suggestions from Youth Book Clubs

Bookworms Book Club (grades 4 & 5) at William Jeanes Memorial Library in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania recommends:

When Heaven Fell by Carolyn Marsden (Candlewick, 2007), Fiction, 192 pages


"When Heaven Fell is a great book to talk about cultural differences, in this case between the United States and Vietnam.  You can broaden it into the United States and Third World countries.  The book helps children appreciate the advantages we have here, and gives you an opportunity to explore the Vietnamese culture.  You can initiate a great discussion about expectations - how they are formed, and how we handle situations when what we expect doesn't happen.  It's a really thought-provoking book!"


Check out the activities and crafts the Bookworms paired with When Heaven Fell.

More Book Recommendations
Book Club Tip
Pick a Themestudent group discussion


A monthly reading theme can generate excitement around topics, holidays and other special events, and provide an opportunity for your club to plan field trips and related activities. Let these book club "theme" ideas inspire you!


Margaret Mace School Book Club, North Wildwood, New Jersey



Students in grades 4-8, members of the faculty and staff, parents, relatives, and community members


Selecting Themes

With input from members on topics of interests, facilitator Deborah Martinelli creates a list of titles accompanied by descriptions.  After discussion, members vote on the theme and accompanying book the group will pursue.


Selecting themes gives groups flexibility in choosing titles, especially helpful when the ages of group members vary widely.  Martinelli explains, "If the interests of the older and younger readers differ greatly, we split the group, each selects its own texts, and the adults participate in the group of their choice."


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Invite an Author
Invite an AuthorSpeak to an Author by Phone
Our directory of authors ready to chat with your kids' and teen book clubs on the phone continues to grow. Current young adult authors include Alison Bell, Margaret Sartor, Donna Woolfolk Cross, Kimberly Willis Holt, Kristin Kladstrup, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. Please browse our complete list of available authors and their books. You can also search authors by categories of their work, including young adult and intermediate readers.  Once you've decided which author(s) you'd like to invite, contact the author(s) directly through our website and arrange a date to speak with them. We hope you'll give it a try!