Sharing a Love of (Summer) Reading

Reading is always at the top of my list of things to do. Right after reading is talking about the book I am reading with anyone who will listen, hoping they will read it and love it as much as I do. And even if after reading the book they don’t share my sentiments, at least we can still discuss the book. As a librarian, it was such a joy to be able to make book recommendations to our patrons (readers’ advisory, in library lingo) and have those patrons come back to let me know what they thought of the book.

Reading seems like a solitary pursuit, but if a lot of readers get together, lively discussions and friendships are soon to follow. So how do you go about cultivating this community of readers, especially among children? A good place to start is by joining, or establishing, a book club. As summer vacation approaches, consider these book club ideas to keep your children engaged and help prevent the summer slide.

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