How About a Book Group?

This January, everyone’s favorite kid lit blogger, Fuse #8, and her homeschooler book group performed the picture book Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman as part of a meeting of NYPL children’s librarians where they unveiled their latest 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Check out the photos and Betsy’s summary here.

Of course, when I saw this, I had questions, and Betsy was kind enough to supply answers. She started her group when she was working at another NYC branch in 2005. The group has been meeting weekly ever since. (If you’ve ever run a book group, you have some notion of what kind of dedication that takes on the part of the leader and participants. I am duly impressed.) When Betsy made the move to Donnell, she reports that half the homeschoolers moved with her, and she currently has about eight regular attendees. Recent reads include Donuthead by Sue Stauffacher and The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. I used to run a book group for kids, and talking about this is making me want to start one again….

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