Thanks to reader Verinda, this week’s Focus on Families is on creating a “Book Club”. She posted this,
I love books and my childcare children love them too. I Have a book club where every month it is mandatory for my clients to buy the book of the month from the scholastic book list I send home every month. This month it is MARVIN GETS MAD. I also take the children to the library on Thursday, when the librarian read stories and play games with them for about thirty minutes.
Book clubs are a really popular hobby for lots and lots of people out there. I remember when Oprah Winfrey started her book club and, according to the press, people all over America started reading again. That is pretty incredible.
The idea of a shared experience through books is pretty powerful. If everyone is reading the same thing, then there is a foundation for discussion. This can happen in the classroom, when a book is read aloud to the children simultaneously. If families are all reading the same books at home, there is a common thread that continues to stitch the community together.
Do you think your families would be OK with asking them to buy books?