Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So You'd Like to Start a Book Club

How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event, by Mayra Calvani, speaks directly to kids who love to read and who want to share their favorite books with friends. Ms. Calvani divides the book into two parts to make the information easy for young readers to follow. The book also contains a table of contents for quick reference.

Part one explains the steps in starting a book club. First, decide what kind of books you want to read. One way is to choose a favorite author and read his or her books. Another way is to pick the type of book you enjoy best: fantasy, mystery, historical, or other. Then think about the size of the club. Should you have only a few close friends in the club, or would a larger group be more interesting? The book covers many other ideas, such as where to hold the meetings and how long should they last, to consider when forming a club. The author offers tips on how to run the meetings and questions to consider as you discuss a book.

Another neat thing about How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event is the lined pages the author provides for jotting down ideas, like a name for the club and deciding who to invite to join.

Part two explains the different book categories and genres, with examples of each. It also introduces popular children’s authors with links to their sites. What a great way to find the perfect books to read for a meeting.

As a former teacher, I can see this book being a hit with elementary and middle school children and also older teens in high school. It might even encourage reluctant readers to pick up a good book their friends are reading, where, to their surprise, they’ll discover that reading is fun. I wish someone had written a book like this when I was a child. Maybe my attitude about books would have been different. Kids might even form a book club at school, with teachers’ approval of course, and set aside a special time to read. This is a book school librarians should want on their shelves. The cover art by Kurt Ozinga is exactly right to appeal to young readers.

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Paladin Timeless (August 15, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1606192299

ISBN-13: 978-1606192290

You can purchase this book at Amazon or at the publisher Twilight Times Books.


  1. What a fantastic idea! I'd love to see them bring out another about starting a book blog for kids too :-)

  2. That's a great idea, Charmaine. Maybe Mayra, the author, will read your suggestion, or I could tell her. This book is very informative for kids who might be interested.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This book sounds great. I hope it helps bring more kids to enjoy the wonderful world of reading. I think more schools should offer something like a book club as an after school activity.

  4. Thanks, Susanne. I agree that after school book clubs would encourage kids to read because they'd be with their friends talking about their favorite characters. Their grades might improve. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

  5. thanks for this. Great idea and looks very helpful!

  6. Hi Terry. It is a neat idea. I think young readers would enjoy having their own book club, like adults do.

    And I love the cover of your book. Aidana does beautiful work.