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"The author provides librarians with a guide to book discussion groups for children and adults, with plans for 100 books geared to grades 3-8. Ideas for forming groups and choosing titles, discussion questions, and icebreakers are included….The novice group leader will find this book helpful, and the experienced facilitator will find many new ideas."
"[A] great resource: the promotion of book discussions held by family and friends that do not require the teacher-librarian to be the center of attention. Teacher-librarians can be the power behind the throne in this instance. The author provides a range of reading selections, and then, in a chapter for each title, she provides a plot summary, a character summary, a list of other books on similar topics, and a list of resources for author study, and a nice list of discussion questions….The books covered range from children's books through teens' books, so there is something to interest all readers. Highly recommended."
"This unique volume discusses four types of reading groups; mother/daughter, father/son, family, and the traditional children's reading circles. Advice on how to form a discussion group, provide the books, lead the discussion, and facilitate a welcoming atmosphere is presented in the first chapter. The nature and specific challenges of each group are described; consideration is given to age, gender, reading levels, and multicultural factors that would determine the genres and subject matter….A useful volume for parents beginning a book group and for teachers working with literature circles."
School Library Journal
"This book, with its indexes and lists, is a wonderful tool for librarians and library users as well. Teachers looking for title alternatives may turn to this book for guidance on themes. Parents and children's group leaders could use this book as a guideline for introducing themes for discussion. All in all, this book is a wonderful addition to school, public and personal libraries."
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