Book clubs for kids are booming, Newsweek reports.
Twelve-year-old Joanna Krupp loves her monthly book-club meetings. She and her fellow bookworms tackle titles like Gloria Whelan’s National Book Award winner â€œHomeless Bird,â€ about a 13-year-old girl in India whose parents arrange a marriage to a boy who is gravely ill. To go with the stories, they eat matching snacks, such as Indian food.
Joanna’s brother, Ben, 13, likes his father-son group, too. â€œIt’s just good to talk about the books, and I really understand them better,â€ he says.
I was in the pilot version of Junior Great Books, starting in fifth grade. We got together every week — or maybe every other week — after school to discuss a classic reading led by a parent volunteer who’d gone through some training. I loved it. The reading was challenging but I got to read Ovid’s sex poems in junior high school. I remember Gogol’s “The Overcoat” too, a real heart breaker. The program now is much more focused on contemporary writers and looks a bit easier. Our Junior Great Books people were all good readers to start with.