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How to Start a Family Book Club


Whether you work in or outside of the home, making time for your family and finding productive and fun ways to spend that time is vital to your growth as a close and loving household. A family book club is a great idea for achieving this. Here's how you and your family can get started reading and reaping the benefits of your very own book club right away!

Set a Schedule

Every family is different, so it is important that you keep that in mind when setting a schedule for your family's book club. Have a sit down discussion with the members of your household to share your idea and determine what times and dates would work best for all of you. Factors to consider in planning the frequency and fundamentals of your family book club might include:

  • Your work schedule
  • Your spouse's work schedule
  • Your children's schooling hours and extracurricular activities
  • The focus of your book club (is it just to get in some family time? Are you interested in building your children's reading skills or awakening the reader in them?)
  • Plan on drawing up discussion questions for each book (or related activities for younger children) and sharing either a meal or snack during your club time

Once you've discussed and decided on a day and time of the week to hold your book club, mark it on a calender or post it on the fridge for everyone to see and look forward to!

Set Goals

You should have a shared goal in mind when you start your book club. While you can be sure you'll have a great time gathering together on the couch or around the kitchen table, make it a point to read a particular number of books in a summer or year. Also, determine from the start what kinds of books you'll read. If the club will be centered around spending time together and fun, the choices may be more open. If you want to improve reading skills in a particular child, you may want to introduce educational books.

Go Book Hunting

Choosing the books you'll be reading as a family is half the fun! Pick a time - perhaps a weekend - when you can all take a trip to your local library or bookstore and allow each family member to pick a book. You don't have to purchase or pick the books all at once. Have the youngest or oldest child choose the book you'll begin your club with and book hunt each time your family finishes one book so the next child can have their turn to choose.

The time it takes to go through each member's book choice depends on the ages and reading levels of those within your family, as books will get more in depth with advanced ages and levels of reading. If your children are very young and close in age, pick a few books at a time, as their book choices will not be time consuming.

Enjoy getting to know one another based on your book choices and discussions shared. Not sure where to start in your book hunt? Ask your local library for a list of books that are relevant to your family's ages, reading levels and interests.

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