Book Clubs

#SWVBC - SomeWhat Virtual Book Club by Joyce Valenza

It’s been a great year for our Somewhat Virtual Book Club.  Actually, it seems easy to forget that it’s also been the first year for the SomeWhat Virtual Book Club.

In the fall I shared that we experimented by joining several schools around the country for monthly book discussions.  Our kids were happy to make new geeky friends and were inspired by the increased variety of perspectives represented.

The Twitter hashtag #SWVBC and our Facebook page became planning spaces for organizing and for deciding on readings.

But wait, it gets better. Way better.

This spring, we attracted authors to our discussions.  Big big authors.  And it was kinda thrilling.

I approached Libba Bray via tweet prior to our discussion of Beauty Queens and she agreed to join us.

Then, Shannon invited Lauren Myracle to join our discussion of Shine.

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Google Books

Mary Schwander, LMS from New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA uses Google Books to share reviews and book lists. Use Google Groups for an online book club. Students could also create a Google Alert to keep up-to-date with their favorite author.

Even More Googley ideas from Lisa Perez:
  • Google bookmarks to share favorite websites
  • You-Tube for book trailers
  • Google Moderator to talk about books
  • Google calendar to plan book club meetings
  • Google forms to gather information about favorite books
  • Google maps to track locations in a book
  • Google alerts to follow mentions about favorite authors
  • Gtalk for book discussions between schools
  • Google voice to podcast book reviews
  • Google presentations to make book trailers
  • Google sites to share information about a book, author, or genre
  • Google Lit trips
  • Blogger to provide book reviews
Be sure to check out Lisa's training website from Chicago Public Schools for TONS of ideas:

Book Buddy Blogs
Set up a blog with another book club to discuss the novels they are reading or recommend new titles.  Use free blog software like Blogger, EduBlogs, or Class Blogmeister.

Mother Daughter Book Club

Erin Bjorn-Fitzpatrick reported huge success with her Mother Daughter Book Club this year.  The group met every month to discuss books and share food and build a community.

Virtual Book Clubs

Combine your face-to-face book club with an online presence.  Set up a group on GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari for your book club and share the titles you are reading online. 

Jen Roberts,English Department Chair and Digital Lead Teacher, Point Loma High, San Diego shares about her success with on this blog post:

Kathy Kaldenberg, Librarian, Solon High School uses LibraryThing with her book club:

Book Club Project Prezis

Janet Moeller-Abercrombie: Grade 5 teacher, Hong Kong International School shares:

My 5th graders recently participated in Historical Fiction Book Clubs.

Their projects were graded on the extent to which students could:

  • Demonstrate reflection on characters, settings, and small details by referring to post-its in the book club meetings (observed during book club meetings).
  • Read nonfiction to enhance understanding of the historical fiction text.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of historical fiction text.
  • Provide evidence of original thoughts and how those thoughts changed or were reinforced throughout the story. This tended to be the formulation of a “big idea” that could be supported with evidence from the text.

While students could use any project format to demonstrate learning, a few groups used Prezi.

Facebook Book Club
If your library already has a Facebook presence, consider using the Book Club feature to highlight books your club is reading.