Girls Leadership Book Club Selections for 2018-2019

Welcome to the fourth year of Girls Leadership Girl & Grown-Up Book Club! We are so excited to be launching into another year of reading and sharing together. Each year, we’ve changed and grown our program in response to your feedback.

To jump down to the entire year’s list, click on the grade level:

Grades 2 & 3

Grades 4 & 5

Grades 6, 7 & 8 


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Books for 2018-2019

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Grades 2 & 3

October – Meeting #1

  • For our first meeting, clubs will read books that explore ideas of athleticism and sports fiction.
  • Izzy Barr, Running Star by Claudia Mills

November – Meeting #2

  • This month, clubs will read stories in which characters discover their appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
  • Jada Jones: Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons

January – Meeting #3

  • At the start of this new year, Book Club will focus on stories about strength, power, and activism.
  • Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

February – Meeting #4

  • This month we’ll read fantasy books, expressing important ideas through light-hearted and imaginative stories.
  • Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

March – Meeting #5

  • The characters in this month’s books transcend the limits placed on them by others or society.
  • Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

April – Meeting #6

  • In these books, characters live life on their own terms.
  • Ruby and the Booker Boys by Derrick Barnes

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Grades 4 & 5

October – Meeting #1

  • For our first meeting, clubs will read books that explore ideas of athleticism and sports fiction.
  • Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer

November – Meeting #2

  • This month, clubs will read stories in which characters discover their appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

January – Meeting #3

  • At the start of this new year, Book Club will focus on stories about strength, power, and activism.
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

February – Meeting #4

  • This month we’ll read fantasy books, expressing important ideas through light-hearted and imaginative stories.
  • Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

March – Meeting #5

  • The characters in this month’s books transcend the limits placed on them by others or society.
  • Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

April – Meeting #6

  • In these books, characters live life on their own terms.
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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Grades 6, 7 & 8

October – Meeting #1

  • For our first meeting, clubs will read books that explore ideas of athleticism and sports fiction.
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds

November – Meeting #2

  • This month, clubs will read stories in which characters discover their appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

January – Meeting #3

  • At the start of this new year, Book Club will focus on stories about strength, power, and activism.
  • Marley Dias Gets it Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

February – Meeting #4

  • This month we’ll read fantasy books, expressing important ideas through light-hearted and imaginative stories.
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

March – Meeting #5

  • The characters in this month’s books transcend the limits placed on them by others or society.
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

April – Meeting #6

  • In these books, characters live life on their own terms.
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

*A note about book levels and book choice:

We select books based on our experience with readers of many ages, and on the expert opinions of publishing and education specialists. We’ll also provide alternate books suggestions each month. Even so, we know that some of these books will not feel like a match for your child’s level or interests. If this happens, you could opt for one of the selections for another age group, or you could pick a title from our previous years (sign up to instantly get access to all of them). Alternatively, your club could pick another book entirely, maybe a title that caught someone’s eye on the shelf or was recommended by a friend. The websites A Mighty Girl and We Need Diverse Books are two great resources for book ideas.

If you find your club swapping out books because the ones we’ve recommended don’t sound like your cup of tea, I encourage you to be open-minded. True, books on this list might not be books you would have chosen for yourself. I know some readers who exclusively read fantasy books, and now read realistic fiction because of this list. To me, that’s a positive because it expands the reader’s exposure to different books, and might result in a happy surprise. A few years ago, many families expressed doubts about reading the novel in verse Brown Girl Dreaming. That book turned out to be one of the most popular titles of the program last year. Consider this list an opportunity for you and your girls to grow and experiment as readers.

Happy reading! We can’t wait to hear what you think.


Sign up for our Girl & Grown-up Book Club. It’s FREE! Get toolkits with meeting guides and discussion questions for all previous years delivered right to your inbox, instantly. Toolkits for this year’s books will be emailed each month.

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  1. Carla McDermott

    Hello
    We have been doing book club for about a year- and we love it. We picked the book Pie over the summer, before you launched this years books, which all look fabulous.
    Could we get the tool kit for “pie” since we are hosting a meeting first week of December. Thanks for all that you do.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Carla McDermott

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    • Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing Manager

      Hi Carla,

      I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m confused about which toolkit you need, since we haven’t had a book club selection called “Pie” yet. If you’d like a toolkit for Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream, you can find it on the toolkit page in the Grades 2 & 3 archives for 2016-2017. If you’d like open-ended discussion questions that you can use for a book we haven’t reviewed, download this document. Have a great meeting in December!

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  2. Marina Sharifie

    Thank you for your reply Dorothy. I already belong to a book club which is run by Mirela Albertsen. My family and I will be out of town for awhile and I wanted my daughter to finish the tool kit questions for “Amina’s Voice” . Please advise?

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    • Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing Manager

      Hi Marina,
      Would you like your own copy of the toolkit? Toolkits are free to download for everyone. According to our records, no one with your email has signed up for Book Club yet, so be sure to sign up here. You’ll get instant access to the toolkit page.

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  3. Emily

    We signed up to do ‘Izzy Barr, Running Star’ but then in the toolkit email I received there are totally different books listed for grades 2/3 than on this page. How do I get a toolkit for Izzy Barr?

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    • Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing Manager

      Hi Emily, see the email I sent with instructions to get the Izzy Barr toolkit.

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  4. Samantha Da Soller

    I don’t seem to find the toolkit for grade 2/3 which I thought was going to be available on 25 Sep. Could you please confirm where I can find it on the website? Many thanks.

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  5. Marina Sharifie

    Hi, I was wondering how to access the took kits for 4th graders for thee 2018-2019 year. Please advise?

    Marina

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    • Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing Manager

      Hi Marina,
      Toolkits for October’s books will be published September 25th. Each month’s toolkits will be published the month before they’re needed. Toolkits are free for anyone signed up for Book Club. According to our records, no one with your email has signed up for Book Club yet, so be sure to sign up here.

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