Student Book Clubs

Bookmarks' Student Book Clubs  
Bookmarks is excited to launch two new student book clubs this year for elementary and middle school readers! For more information, please email rachel@bookmarksnc.orgChildren watching book club discussion on stage

We had an incredible book club kickoff event with Battle of the Books author Joyce Hostetter on Sunday, January 28! Over 100 people joined us for this fun event, and we hope to see many of you at our upcoming elementary and middle school book clubs.

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Upcoming Reads

  • April 29

2:00 p.m. - Elementary: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
2:00 p.m. - Elementary: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman


More about book clubs!

What makes a book discussion a GREAT one?

  • Everyone who participates - including adults - has read the book.
  • Everyone listens to others.
  • No one dominates - everyone gets a chance to talk/respond.
  • Participants make eye contact with one another when speaking and listening.

What makes a good question?

  • It's just a sentence or two long.
  • It usually requires more than a YES/NO answer.
  • It's related to the book, even if the topic is not specifically mentioned.

What makes a good answer?

  • It's based on a reader's experience, or 
  • It's supported by passages in the book. The information may be clearly stated or inferred by reading between the lines.

How can you disagree with someone without being disagreeable?

  • Put yourself in someone else's shoes.
  • Watch your tone of voice.
  • Don't label ideas as stupid, dumb, etc.
  • Rather than make a quick judgement, ask a question that helps you understand someone's thinking. (I understood you to say...why do you think...)
  • Gently refer to passages from the text when you raise your question.

How to Prepare for a GREAT Book Discussion!

Set aside time to read the WHOLE book. Ask yourself:

  • What BIG IDEAS is the story about? (Examples: Friendship? Family? Survival? Identity? War? Or ... ?) 
    GREAT book discussions usually focus more on BIG IDEAS than on plot details. They draw together clues, explain "Why?" and examine results or consequences.
  • What characters, scenes, dialogue, and ideas stick in your mind when you put the book down? Why?
  • Does the author include information before or after the story that helps you understand it? (Prologue, Epilogue, Afterword, etc.)
  • Do maps, photos, or illustrations help tell the story? If not, what would have helped?

As you read, mark passages that you might want to read aloud, question, or discuss. Use scrap paper, sticky notes or a notebook (large or small; homemade or store-bought) to record your thoughts. Consider noting: 

  • passages that interest or confuse you
  • paragraphs or dialogue that help you learn about or understand characters
  • passages that explain when and where a story takes place -- and why that's important
  • passages that concern BIG IDEAS and indicate what the author and/or you think about them.

Bring your book and notes with you to the discussion.

Try to bring one questions and/or idea you'd like to share.


Wishtree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Book Scavenger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250079800
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Published: Square Fish - April 12th, 2016

A New York Times bestseller