Beat Boredom with Books! 4 Summer Book Club Ideas (page 3)

Beat Boredom with Books! 4 Summer Book Club Ideas

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Updated on Jun 12, 2009

What to read:  While teens will choose their own books, The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold, Little, Brown), The Life of Pi (Yann Martel, Harcourt), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, Harper Perennial Modern Classics), The Kite Runner (Kahled Hosseini, Riverhead Books), The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd, Viking are among the top titles for teens mentioned in Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp’s The Kids’ Book Club Book

For more themed fun:  If your teens can’t meet in an actual coffee shop, make the setting as close as you can by offering coffee, iced tea, and pastries. Teens can also take their ideas to the digital age by starting a book blog and writing reviews, posting online commentary, etc.   

Epilogue: Summer Book Group Benefits   

“For the child that enjoys reading,” librarian Wendy Resnik says, “the book club provides reinforcement and validation (i.e., they are not total geeks just because they like to read).” To that, colleague Patrick King adds that “reading and sharing in groups can help children prepare for the next school year.” So banish the remote and break out the books this summer—building social and scholastic skills never looked so good!

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