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
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."