Monday, June 27, 2005


Yes, it's already time to brainstorm new topic ideas! Is there something you read and would love to discuss with the group or something that you've been wanting to read, but you've been too busy with our monthly selections? Well, now's your chance! Please come full of new topic ideas and be ready to talk them up or post your ideas here as a reply to this post.

My first idea is a poetry month. We could select a few of the newer poetry books that you might not be familiar with and everyone could browse the poetry section at the library and come with their favorite poem to share or we could have a short poetry writing workshop and poetry slam.

What are your ideas?

Monday, June 06, 2005

July - Informational Books

We're trying something new for the month of July. We're taking a look at informational picture books. Please read as many recommended books as you can to be discussed as a group (All are very short). Then choose a topic you would like to learn about and select informational books on the topic to share with us at book club. If you would like to find excellent books look at the Sibert Medal books for the past few years or The Beehive Awards. Here are some helpful websites to informational books:


  • If the World Were a Village by Shelagh Armstrong
    This unusual picture book shrinks the world's population down to a village of 100 to help children better understand who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing and more.
  • Hidden Worlds: Looking through a Scientist’s Microscope by Stephen Kramer
    Hidden Worlds takes you behind the scenes of a scientists work and explains how he captures his remarkable images of microscopic life and objects.
  • Sadako by Eleanor Coerr
    Winner of the Beehive Award 1995
    The story of 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki's brave struggle against leukemia
  • Food Rules! The stuff you munch, it’s Crunch, it’s Punch, and why you sometimes lose your Lunch by Bill Haduch
    Runner up of the Beehive Award 2003
    comprehensive book on food and nutrition – created for kids
  • I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
    2004 Sibert Honor Book
    Renowned science author Vicki Cobb makes scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand.

Laura did a great job selecting books, and I'm looking forward to seeing what topics each of you choose! Happy reading!