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Advice needed for setting up a children's book club?

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Kendodd Mon 22-Apr-13 11:04:02

The children are all good readers in Y2, five of them. I thought they could meet once a month at the local library. Has anyone ever set one up for their children?

I have never been to a book club myself so all advice welcome (even the most basic, what do you do!).

Thanks in advance.

madamehooch Mon 22-Apr-13 14:31:23

Are you anywhere near Hampshire Kendodd?

Kendodd Mon 22-Apr-13 14:33:16

No I'm not. Why?

madamehooch Mon 22-Apr-13 14:39:06

There are cities throughout the UK which are longlist testers for a children's book award. Where I live is one of them. I have about 20 reading groups throughout schools in my area, where the children test a variety of books and grade them. Prior to this, I used to give my groups one book to read but I've found that taking part in this award works better, as there is an element of choice but the children are still encouraged to try different books. If you let me know the area in which you're based, I will check to see whether you are near one of the other testing centres and then can give you their contact details.

Kendodd Mon 22-Apr-13 15:18:06

Ooh yes, give me more info on that. Do they have a website I can look at? Our nearest city is Exeter.

madamehooch Mon 22-Apr-13 16:43:33

There is a group in Plymouth. If you google Plymouth Children's Book Group, you'll find out some more information. I'm seeing them on Saturday so can ask them then if you're close enough to come under their area.

Kendodd Tue 23-Apr-13 08:58:13

Plymouth is far to far away unfortunately, we live east of Exeter. Thanks for the information though.

AgentProvocateur Tue 23-Apr-13 09:07:58

My DC used to go to one like this many years ago, and it was funded by Orange - they provided stationery etc, and presumably paid for the librarian's time. Have a google and see if and big organisations are funding this sort of thing. I'd be surprised if they weren't. Try Starbucks - they collect books for children at Christmas, so might be a good match.

Kendodd Tue 23-Apr-13 09:32:12

Ooh, top tip, thanks.

FossilMum Tue 23-Apr-13 09:55:18

Try contacting the Federation of Children's Book Groups

Squarepebbles Tue 23-Apr-13 21:07:21

My son goes to a Waterstones one in NA op,it's great.However it's for 9 and over.You could ask if they do groups for younger kids.

Kendodd Wed 24-Apr-13 09:59:57

Thanks for the replies.

I have been in touch with the local library and they've been really helpful. They have said I can use the library to meet in and have even said if a organize a regular slot they will even let me use the library when it's closed so we'll have it to ourselves and it'll be nice and quiet. They've given me some advice about how to run it and said that they will help me source books if they are all reading the same thing.

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