If your question isn’t answered, add it in the comments!
Q: When are Book Clubs supposed to meet?
A: Meetings will be in October, November, January, February, March, and April. You can start your club with any month’s book, using the email you’ll get after signing up.
Q: Are Book Club Meetings in person or online?
A: We’d envisioned clubs meeting in person, so the girls can grow their leadership skills. If you’re part of a group of girls and parents who already meet online, and it is working for you: please tell us more in the comments!
Q: How do we use the Meeting Guides/ Discussion Questions?
A: Each Meeting Guide’s schedule is just a suggestion, to help you make sure that your book club has enough time for everything you want to do.
At each meeting, one parent-daughter pair should be designated to keep everyone on task by facilitating and being aware of the time. If the pairs in your club take turns hosting, it would make sense for the host pair to act as the facilitators. If your club meets in the same place every time, the job of facilitator should rotate.
During the first meeting, the parent facilitator might have to be quite active. However, as the meetings go on, hopefully you will find that the daughters step up to the task.
Whoever is acting as facilitator should print and read the Meeting Guide and Discussion Questions before the meeting, and make sure that your group has any necessary materials. The Discussion Questions are suggestions, not requirements. Use or adapt them in any way that is helpful to your group.
Q: Is Parent & Daughter Book Club Free?
A: Yes! But: not everything related to Book Club will be posted online. We’re emailing the materials to everyone. Each parent or parent-figure should sign up to get the Discussion Questions and Meeting Guidelines emailed to you.
Q: What if my daughter isn’t Grade 2 to 5?
A: Sign up for the Parent & Daughter Book Club and we’ll send you the materials to adapt until we expand the book club to other age groups.
Q: This book is not at my daughter’s reading level. What should I do?
A: Reading the book to your girls is our #1 suggestion for adapting the books for kids who are not ready to read a book independently. Reading out loud to children works their comprehension and idea-building muscles JUST as much as reading independently. The only piece of the reading process that you are taking care of for them is the decoding (reading the words on the page). Listening to a book has the added benefit of allowing the child to see a grown-up model strong reading behavior, and it’s also great bonding time.
Just because a book is categorized at a certain level doesn’t mean your girl won’t be able to read it. For example, many 3rd grade students will be able to read a 5th grade book independently, and some will not be able to read books at a 2nd grade level. Kids progress in their reading in unique trajectories, and their process often doesn’t align with standard grade-level benchmarks.
If reading this book aloud isn’t right for you, we recommend that you choose an alternate book at the appropriate level. You could ask your child’s teacher or librarian for help selecting a book. Even with another book selection, your club can still follow almost all the activities in the Discussion Guide, though the specific text questions would not apply.
We will be announcing six books throughout the year and some of those books will be at slightly higher and lower reading levels. Keep checking in, and hopefully one of the future book selections meets your needs better.
Q: One book a month isn’t enough! Got more suggestions?
A: Check out our post with Even More books. Previous Parent & Daughter Book Club authors Grace Lin, Mitali Perkins, and Alma Flor Ada have written books for a range of ages. Also, check out Mr. Schu’s favorite books on the horizon.
This is a pilot program: please give us feedback in the comments about the selections – which ones worked for you, which didn’t, and what books did you substitute?
*Not signed up to get Parent & Daughter Book Club materials yet?