Book Clubs are nothing new. Since the inception of “Oprah’s Book Club” people everywhere have participated in their own book clubs. Then the idea trickled down to classrooms and literature circles popped up, essentially a book club for students. Honestly, literature circles may have been around before Oprah! I think they just became a more accepted way of teaching since Oprah. More recently, children have begun to participate in book clubs outside of school, for pleasure! How wonderful is that!
I’ve heard of adult book clubs, teen book clubs, and book clubs for elementary readers. . . all independent readers. But what about our smallest readers? Our pre-readers deserve book clubs, too.
How to Start a Book Club for Preschoolers
- Discuss the idea with your playgroup or child’s preschool class.
- Choose a weekly time and place to meet and read. Choose a facilitator for each week. The facilitator chooses the book and the corresponding art project.
- Read aloud the picture book. Make the reading interactive. Ask questions as you read aloud.
- Discuss characters, plot points, setting, etc. Make personal connections to the book. Get kids interested in the book. Ask: “What was your favorite part? Your least favorite?”
- Provide an art activity to tie into the reading.
In the Book Club that I facilitate for preschoolers, I read aloud The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats. We connected the book to times when it snowed and some of the things we did in the snow, just like Peter. (Little did I know at the time that we would have our record breaking snow accumulation just a short two months later!) Then we made our own footprints in the snow with black paint on our fingers and put it on white paper. It was a simple art project and connected to the book.
A simple, fun way to connect preschoolers with books. . . in a social setting. Preschoolers need book clubs, too!
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