If you are running a successful book club, share your ideas here:

Student Book Club
How do you get enough copies?
Do you check the books out and use them again, or give them away?
What meeting time works best?
Generic Questions to use to discuss books.


Newbery Club
Junior Library Guild Four Ways to Build a Better Book Club

Ideas from @SaraAnnStinson at CSLA18
  • Put the Teens in Charge
  • Make choosing the books an event
  • emphasize that they choose in all your promotion materials
  • Give options to choose from: New, Classics, Hot Topics
  • Use Remind 101 or Instagram to post book club times
  • https://www.getepic.com/

Summer Reading Social
A great back to school idea to kick off your book club for the year and discover potential new members. Pick a lunch time, and invite faculty and or students to bring and share their favorite book they read over the summer. They can loan or swap their copy. If they checked out the book from a public library, consider adding it to your acquisitions list, or see if you have a copy to loan out to interested people.

Summer Series Reading Club
Group books in bundles of 3-4 books based on a theme or series. Allow students to check them out over the summer. Meet in May to preview the options and get parent permission slips and contracts to return the books. Meet in September to return the books and discuss what was read. Maybe choose series in paperback you can get from Scholastic Book fairs and process minimally so you can be prepared to say goodbye to them. Could also work with older series or books you are ready to replace that you won't be devastated by their destruction or loss. Use Book Bundles by Erica Segraves and Gigi Yang, librarians at Mamie Doud Public library in Broomfield, CO

Faculty Book Club
Use your book fair credit to purchase enough books for your book club to read. Even if they don't have time to read the book, they can come and listen to the discussion so they can booktalk it to their students and add the book to their classroom library. I do an easy lunch where I bring plain salad, and everyone brings an addition such as dressing, croutons, cheese, etc. I also offer to pick up pizza if enough people contribute ($5 at Little Caesars).

One book Book Club
I started a faculty book shelf in the lounge and register each book on Bookcrossing.com. I e-mail new additions to the shelf once per month to the faculty with a short description. These are usually books I read with my adult book club outside school staff. Interested faculty are invited to read the book and pass it along to someone else. This allows for multiple people to read the book, but not at the same time. Readers can log their comments on bookcrossing.com and see who else has read the book to discuss it with. here's My Bookshelf on Bookcrossing

Themed Book Club
Twilight book club: One teacher runs a Twilight book club that meets every week. I can't believe they can talk about it every week. She has tried to get them to try other books, but they have resisted! Another school I work at has a Harry Potter Book Club. Other ideas: Romance Book Club, Banned Books Book Club, Newbery Club.

Middle School Book Clubs compiled by Judy Egan
When I started a book club last year, I told everyone that later on we’d pick books as a group, but to start off we were going to read the CYRM nominees. This was good because it gave us some structure, CYRM had some discussion ideas on their webpage, and they are “good” books so in general most the kids enjoyed all the books. It was a good way to start, I’d recommend it! - Darla

Try Book Club in a Box
It is a program run by California for the Book out of U.C.L.A They have 2 groups of books that I did with my 7th & 8th graders.
You can look them up on line for program details. They send 10 of each title, with lesson plans and program ideas, book marks and posters. It is FREE :) You do need to return the books when you are finished with them. I bought 5 more of each title for my library which allowed 15 students at a time reading the books.

Sharon Mellinger, Rancho Pico Jr. High, Stevenson Ranch, Ca

Virtual Book Club
Consider virtual book clubs with a variety of titles being discussed at any given time.

I have a 5th/6th book club and we don’t all read the same book. We meet once every two weeks at lunch time and kids share whatever it is they are reading or have read. It gives the other kids ideas for new reads - Meredith

These ideas were posted to CALIBK12 9/10

Multicultural Book Club from Santa Ana Unified School District:

Latin America & Spain:
Parrot in the Oven
Afterlife (Gary Soto)
Breaking Through (Mexico)
The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)
Don Quixote (Cervantes) *very long

Middle East:
Kite Runner
Three Cups of Tea (Pakistan)
Sunrise over Fallujah
A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Joy Luck Club
The Kitchen God’s Wife
Picture Bride
Farewell to Manzanaar
A Long Walk to Water by Linday Sue Park

Chanda’s Wars
Things Fall Apart, Ant Hills of the Savannnah, Arrow of God (Chinua Achebe)
Little Bee*graphic; need parents permission
Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela)
Frederick Douglass’ Autobiography (there are three of them)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harrier Beecher Stowe)

Book Thief (Germany)
Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky; Russia) *very long
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy; Russia) *very long
Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky; Russia) *very long
Dubliners (Joyce; Ireland)
Ulysses (Joyce; Ireland) *very long
Between Shades of Gray
Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)

Kaffir Boy
Waiting for the Rain
Out of Africa
Long Way Gone (graphic)
Going Solo
Chanda’s Wars

Chanda’s Secrets
Tree Shaker: Story of Nelson Mandella
The Baboon King
Little Soldier
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You
Bulu African Wonder Dog
Angola Promises and Lies
South Africa Troubled Land
After Apartheid: The Future of South Africa
A Long Walk to Water
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Inside Out and Back Again

Red Scarf Girl
Farewell to Manzanar
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
Dog Tag Summer
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
The Rent Collector
Never Fall Down
Fallen Angels
The Girl with the White Flag
The Boy Who Dared
Zlata’s Diary
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Code Name Verity
Between Shades of Gray
Crispin the Cross of Lead
The Diary of Anne Frank
Book Thief
Postcards from No Man’s Land
A Time of Miracles
The Cure
Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq
Salt to the Sea
The Hundred Foot Journey
The Middle East
The Things a Brother Knows
Veil of Roses
Kabul Beauty School. . .
Burned Alive. . .
I am Malala
Off to War
Children of War
Invisible Children
Sunrise Over Fallujah
Real Time
Purple Heart
Crossing the Line: A Tale of Two Teens in the Gaza Strip

from Christine Flores