The Ultimate Summer Book Club for Young Readers

4 weeks | July 8 - august 2

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An Exclusive Reading Experience for Young Readers & Families

 

You want your child to develop strong reading skills.

You want less screen time and more reading time.

You want to keep the fire for reading growing, even as your child transitions to and through middle school.

You want to help your child build fluency and increase comprehension skills.

You want to know how to help your child excel academically.

You know the rewards of reading...and the risks of not reading.

So do I.

That’s why I created…

The Digital Book Club

Engaging Weekly Book Discussions   Engage with other readers with our penpal-style discussion board, designed to help students think critically about what they’re reading.

Engaging Weekly Book Discussions

Engage with other readers with our penpal-style discussion board, designed to help students think critically about what they’re reading.

Connection with Reading Peers Worldwide   Develop deeper comprehension skills through written reflections and discussion, while gaining new perspectives from other readers.

Connection with Reading Peers Worldwide

Develop deeper comprehension skills through written reflections and discussion, while gaining new perspectives from other readers.

Convenient Online Reading Experience   Read and learn in your PJ’s. No need to leave home. All that’s needed is a device and access to the book club book.

Convenient Online Reading Experience

Read and learn in your PJ’s. No need to leave home. All that’s needed is a device and access to the book club book.

Work with a Certified Reading Specialist   Receive written feedback on weekly discussion posts, along with simple reading strategies, to help deepen comprehension of complex texts.

Work with a Certified Reading Specialist

Receive written feedback on weekly discussion posts, along with simple reading strategies, to help deepen comprehension of complex texts.

 

How It Works:

Recommended ages

  • 9 - 12

Time length

  • 4 weeks

    • Week 1 | Meet your fellow book club readers through live video introductions (optional). Begin reading the book. An introductory video will be released into the classroom to help guide readers on scheduling their reading and our book club reading focus (i.e. character development, plot, theme, genre, etc.).

    • Week 2 | Continue reading the book. Online discussion questions will be posted inside of the digital platform. Readers will write their responses to the question and discuss responses with other readers. Readers will receive feedback on their weekly posts to push their thinking forward.

    • Week 3 | Continuation of reading and discussion questions. This week we’ll zero in on the book study focus (i.e. character development, plot, theme, genre, etc.). Readers will begin developing a theory about the book, based on the broader focus question for the book study. Feedback will continue to be provided on student responses.

    • Week 4 | Readers will share their final thoughts and theories about the book. They’ll share a quote that supports their theory and explain how they came to their conclusion about the book.

Book club count

  • 30 students

Description

Our book club is offered in a convenient online space to allow your child access from anywhere at any time. Upon enrolling in the book club, readers and families will receive access to the digital learning space where weekly discussions take place.

A certified Reading Specialist will post reading discussion questions to guide readers towards deeper meaning and comprehension. We know that after 3rd grade, reading is more about making meaning that decoding words. At this age, students are reading to learn. Being able to comprehend increasingly complex texts from chapter books and novels involves being able to decode story structure and writing style.

Our book club offer students a unique opportunity to apply the skills they learn in school to practice flexing their reading and literary analysis muscles in a safe and collaborative space. Not only will readers be able to stretch their thinking muscles through writing about what they read, but they’ll also be able to discuss their thinking with other readers.

Peer learning is a great way to expose students to new perspectives, while encouraging academic dialogue and pushing critical thinking. We strive to encourage readers to read for understanding about what a book is saying literally and figuratively about the world (people, places and moments in time).

Reading checkpoints will be available for students to monitor their comprehension while reading (with or without parent support). Parents will also have access to their child’s login on the platform to monitor their child’s discussion contributions, as well as the flow of the full book club discussion.

We encourage parents to immerse themselves as much or as little in the book club with their reader as they choose. Parents can read with their child, use the weekly discussion questions as at-home talking points or simply check-in inside of our online discussion board (available for print).

Join a group of young readers from around the world reading the same book each month and collaborating to share their questions & ideas to build comprehension.


Why it Works:

  1. When readers have an opportunity to talk and write about what they read, they gain a deeper of understanding and new insights.

  2. Students at this age are socially inclined. Book clubs give them an outlet to learn from and with each other, while learning to respect and appreciate each other’s perspectives.

  3. Reading comprehension is a muscle that requires a practice of habit. Book clubs offer an opportunity to practice reading, not just for “reading’s sake,” but to expand the ability to stretch one’s thinking about literature.


Are you ready for your child to have a better grasp on what they read?


Book Club Book Selections

 

Ages 9 - 11

The City of Ember
By Jeanne DuPrau

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues before the lights go out on Ember forever!

Ages 11 - 12

Harbor Me
By Jacqueline Woodson

Six kids with very different life experiences narrate Harbor Me, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson's powerful and timely novel. Through Woodson's characters, young readers will identify with the importance of sharing our stories and helping one another through times of prejudice and fear. 


What's the Book Club Cost?

Access to this incredible reading adventure, JAM-PACKED with resources and support for ANY READER (ages 9-12)

for only $47.


Customer Support & Satisfaction

It is our #1 goal to provide the highest level of support and satisfaction for both parents and young readers. Parents can expect to receive weekly communication regarding updates and reminders on how readers can take full advantage of the resources provided. The discussion forum will be monitored daily and updated weekly for student participation. We intend to maintain the satisfaction of our book club families. However, if you need to cancel your purchase for any reason, you may email us at hello@artofwordplay.com. We are able to process refund requests within 7 days of the book club start date. We are unable to process refund requests beyond the 7-day window. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or need support along the way. We are here to support you and your young reader, and we look forward to having you join our digital reading community.


Frequently Asked Questions

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RAVE REVIEWS

My son really enjoyed the book club this summer, and I am so grateful.

-Ruth, Parent

What I love most about the summer book club is that we all had these cool ideas and predictions about the book. I will miss the video chats online. The book we read was so inspiring and taught us to have courage.  

-Paije, 6th grader

My daughter had a wonderful experience. She loved the book from the summer book club. The digital platform is very easy to work with.

-Kesha, Parent

Mrs. Wilson is a phenomenal educator who cares passionately for the success of every child. She provides fun tools for students that build better readers. Mrs. Wilson has tutored my son since the 5th grade. She not only increased his desire to read, but to enjoy reading. The reader's tool box of reading strategies she provided was a success for my son. He is now a rising junior in high school.

-Jo-Ann, Parent