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Book Club Ideas

  • Read Harder Challenge 2016: A suggested list themes that bookclub can read. Everyone reads a book, graphic novel, poetry of their choice based on the the them. You may wish to give them a few suggestions and then let them select themes. This document is what Oklahoma Public Librarians are reading for 2016. OK CYA Read Harder Challenge
  • Book club kits - upper elementary, middle school and teens - search "book discussion kits"- can expand the program to include make-and-take crafts, presentations, self-made movies or commercials or posters - partner with your local school - Teach Net
  • One Book Program for Teens
  • Big Read for Upper Elementary, Tweens, or Teens - NEA Big Read
  • Literary Contests - Kansas City Library Harry Potter Championship
  • Reading Bingo
  • [Your Library] Book Cannon - most treasured books of all time as decided by upper elementary, middle school and teens. They read and vote to build the canon. The canon represents the best children's books for [your library's] young people.
  • [Your Library] Bejeweled Books - author visit, books purchased for giveaway, reading and deciding which book to treasure of the visiting author - - each year an author's work is selected and honored. The selection committee can comprise of local children's organizations, business partners and parents, Tulsa City County Library System Books to Treasure
  • Mock National Book Award - Sequoyah, Caldecott, Newbery, Quick Picks, Printz, Morris - you purchase the books and the children read and vote. If you can, invite your winning author to visit.
  • Writing program/camp - for upper elementary, middle school and high school - invite author's to visit, purchase supplies. Oklahoma has a wealth of talented children's author's and illustrators.
  • Diversity collection- We Need Diverse Books- build your collection and promote - ALA Booklist
  • Graphic Novel collection - build your collection; promote; start a GN/Manga reading club - ALSC Graphic Novels 2013
  • ALSC's Book Lists for collection building

Book Lists

  • "11-year-old Jersey Girl Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks Donation Fund Drive" by Brandon Baker, Philly Voice, January 19, 2016. You can find a list of some of the donated books here: 1,000 Black Girl Books by Stacked Books by Kelly Jensen. A full resource guide is here, Grassroots Community Foundation.
  • This is a list of titles purchased for the three OK Juvenile Centers. Titles range from picture book to adult books with teen appeal. Each title is multiple by three so that all three centers received the same titles and it multiplies the title costs. Some titles are repeated in Playaway format and in Spanish when available. OK Juvenile Centers Collection Development.
  • This is a list of resources I used to find and select titles for the Juvenile Centers. There are more resources available everywhere. Juveniles entering the centers reading levels have a wide range and it was a goal to ensure everyone had something to read and that it reflected themselves. For my final list I referred to either Amazon, if I was just tooling around on the web or Brodart (our book jobber) to read reviews from established book review journals (Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Horn Book, BCCB, etc.) This by no means is an exhaustive list of what's available and I encourage you to find your favorites. Collection Building Resource List.



7 Novels to Read If You Love Batman from Book Riot


Teen Passive Programs