Blogger Kary Henry

My First Book Club

After hearing how successful an early reader book club was at an area library (thanks, Katie Burke from Indian Trails Public Library District), a colleague and I decided to launch My First Book Club at our library. Already it has become a very popular program!

We offer this program once a month for students in Kindergarten to first grade. Each session is 45 minutes long. For the spring quarter, we chose Pedro’s Mystery Club by Fran Manushkin, Yasmin the Builder by Saadia Faruqi, and Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate. We kept registration fairly small, and each child gets a copy of the book to keep. The plan is fairly straightforward:

  • We look at the cover together and discuss some pre-reading questions.
  • My colleague and I alternate reading the chapters out loud to the participants as they follow along in their own books.
  • At the end of each chapter, we ask a few discussion questions.
  • We chat about our post-reading questions.
  • We serve snacks (what good book club wouldn’t?).
  • A brief craft or activity rounds out the program.

For Pedro’s Mystery Club, we made detective notebooks, using a design I created on Canva. Building with Keva Planks and magnetic tiles will tie in nicely to Yasmin the Builder. Making paper dog puppets will be a fun follow-up to Doggo and Pupper.

We can’t wait to think about which books to choose and which activities will accompany those books for our Fall quarter. What book clubs do you offer for your patrons? Do you offer something specifically for early readers? I’d love to hear other ideas and approaches in the comments below.


This blog post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group and III. Programming Skills.

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