I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids that involve more of their time than mine and if the activity is enjoyable for me, as well, than that’s a definite win. The library is one of those activities, well, I enjoy it a little less when I’m chasing a noisy toddler, but I do like the thought of a new book every few weeks.
I also, like the thought of introducing my kids to books they may not necessarily pick up on their own, that stretch them a little, teach them about another point of view or idea that would be helpful for them. This year we are encouraging this by instituting a “Mom and Me” book club. The idea is that everyone will pick out a book in a certain category, read it, and at the end of the week, we’ll talk about what we learned. By making it fun and routine, I’m hoping it will be something we both look forward to.
P.S. there is a link at the bottom of the post you can click on to download a copy of all these category suggestions and the book club questions.
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Week 1-A book your mom/kid recommends
My girls have been telling me I have to read these 2 books:
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan follows the lives of a Mexican-American farm worker family during the 1930’s: this one comes highly recommended by my 10 year old.
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix tells the story of 3 girls who are fighting for better rights during the early 1900’s in America and a famous fire that broke out where 2 of the girls worked. This one comes highly recommended by my 12 year old.
The books I recommend for my kids will either come from a suggested reading book list from week 3 or week 5 or one from our shelf.
Week 2-A book set in a different country than your own
Erica, from What Do We Do All Day has tons of good books lists. Here is her Book list recommendation for historical fiction which we will be checking out when we’re ready to pick a book for this week. This is also a great list to check out for week 2 and week 4.
Week 3-A classic book
Classic books for kids tend to be pretty good, but kids don’t often pick them because they don’t know about them-their release having been 40-100 years ago. You can help that by pointing out what the classics are. Here’s a great list of 100+ suggested classic books to help you do that. It comes from Tara at Feels Like Home.
Week 4-A book about an important time in history
I will definitely be perusing the list above, but will be encouraging others as well. Including two of my favorites Johnny Tremain and Snow Treasure. Johnny Tremain is about the American revolution and Snow Treasure is about kids who help out their country (Norway) during World War II.
Week 5-A book from a suggested reading list for your grade level or parenting book
Chantel from Intentional Homeschooling has a bunch of great reading lists for various ages. Check it out Here. Our library also has some suggested reading, check with your library or school, they might have one, too.
I will probably be reading
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kid by Laura Markham, it’s supposed to be a book about how to have meaningful interactions with your kids instead of yelling, seems like a good idea to read it about the middle of summer.
Week 6-A Biography
We will probably be picking heavily from the “Who Was” series, like the one below, otherwise, you could point them in the direction of biographies at the library and see what they come up with. Actually, you might want to walk over with them, otherwise they might come back with Justin Bieber’s biography. I’m hoping to read The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
After reading our suggested books we will be discussing them at the end of the week, probably on Friday. Here are the questions we’ll be talking about over a nice bowl of ice cream.
- On a scale of 1-10, what would you rate this book, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest. Explain why you gave it this rating.
- What was the most surprising thing you learned from this book?
- If you could sum it up in 1 sentence, what do you think would be the lesson you learned from this book?
- What was your favorite part?
- What was your least favorite part?
- Did the book change your opinions about anything?
- Did you have a favorite line or quote?
We may only have time to go through this list once, but if we do have extra time, we’ll pick one of these weeks and do it again or we might add a new category like a book of poetry, or a book about an artistic person or inventor. You could also pick a book that would be beneficial for everyone to read with a theme that all could relate to like Wonder or a book that is now a movie like The BFG,
Here’s the link to the book club categories and discussion questions.
What are some books or book categories you would like to read with your kids?
Write it down in a journal, talk it over with a friend or leave a comment below or on Facebook.