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Mother Talk Blog Tour - The Kids' Book Club Book

Today is Three Kid Circus Auditions' spot on the Mother Talk Blog Tour for The Kids' Book Club Book, by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp. I leaped at the chance to review this book. With summer looming large and two young, excited readers, I've wanted to put together a kids' book club for them - but I wasn't sure how to get started.

Honestly, I am an avid reader, but I'm a lousy party planner. I like to talk about parties in the abstract, but when it comes to clever discussion questions, appropriate activities and perfect foods to serve, I'm a total loss.


From the opening chapter, The Kids' Book Club Book provides a wealth of information on how to get started, fund your club, choose great books, plan ahead, and keep members coming back month after month. Information gathered from successful children's book club leaders, libraries, bookstores and teachers is just part of the magic of this book.

Gelmen and Krupp present 50 well-loved, award-winning titles to choose from, with age appropriate activities and recipes (often obtained from the author!) pulled from the pages of the book, or inspired by the theme. Everything is laid out in an easy to follow format.

From recipes for the Dump Punch and egg salad sandwiches featured in Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie to instructions on how to make soap carvings like the ones left in a knothole of a tree in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Kids' Book Club Book provides a bounty of ideas for making every kids' book club a success.

I'm thrilled to have this resource at my fingertips as I begin to put together a club for my children and their friends.

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp also wrote The Book Club Cook Book: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors. I'm eager to get my hands on a copy of that to share with my own book club.

I have been pouring over the pages of this book with my kids, and we're all excited to get started. It looks like summer is going to be a literary success around here!

For more from other Mother-Talk Bloggers, check out the reviews! Click here to order your own copy of The Kids' Book Club Book.