Young Critics Speak Out
Leading Effective Book Discussions
Resources for Inspiration & Practical Tips
Brouse, Ann, Editor. Talk It Up! Book Discussion Programs For Young People.
New York Library Association, 1999. ($20.00 N.Y.L.A. Publications, New
York Library Association, 252 Hudson Avenue, Albany N.Y 12210-1802)
Clark, Mary & Kate McClelland. “Young Critics with a Passion for Books.” Book Links, July 1997. P. 23-26
Dickerson, Constance B. Teen Book Discussion Groups @ the Library. Neal-
Schuman, 2004 (J 027.626 Prof. Coll.)
Dodson, Shireen. The Mother Daughter Book Club - How Ten Busy Mothers and
Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love
of Reading. HarperCollins, 1997. (J 372.416 D Prof. Coll.)
Dodson, Shireen. 100 Books for Girls to Grow On. HarperCollins. 1998.
HB (372.4162 D 647 M)
Gambrell, Linda B. Lively Discussions! Fostering Engaged Reading. International
Reading Association, 1998. (J 372.41 L Prof. Coll.)
Gelman, Judy, and Vicky Levy Krupp. The Kids’ Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids” Book Clubs. Penguin, 2007. (J 028.55 G Prof. Coll.)
Gilmore, Barry. Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books, and Much More. Heinemann, 2006. HB (J 428.007 G Prof. Coll.)
Goldstone, Nancy and Lawrence. Deconstructing Penguins, Parents, Kids, and the
Bond of Reading. Ballantine, 2005. (J 025.55 G Prof. Coll.)
Hepler, Susan, and Maria Salvadore. Books Your Kids Will Talk About. National
Education Association, 2003. (J 028.55 H Prof. Coll.)
Jacobsohn, Rachel W. The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need To
Know To Start Your Own Book Club. Hyperion, 1998. HB (374.22 J 17R)
Jenkins, Christine & Sally Freeman. Novel Experiences, Literature Units For Book
Discussion Groups In The Elementary Grades. Teacher Ideas Press, 1990.
(J 372.64 J Parents Coll.)
Katz, Claudia Anne, and Sue Ann Kuby. “Literature Circles.” Book Links,
December 2001/January 2002. P. 41-43.
Knoth, Maeve Visser. “Sparking Conversation At Home: Using Children’s Books
To Stimulate Discussion.” Horn Book Magazine, May-June 1997, P. 370.
Kunzel, Bonnie. The Teen-Centered Book Club: Readers into Leaders. Libraries
Unlimited, 2006 (J 027.626 K Prof. Coll.)
Sloan, Glenna Davis. The Child as Critic, Teaching Literature in Elementary and
Middle Schools. 4th ed. Teachers College Press, 2003. (372.64S Prof. Coll.)
Soltan, Rita Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families.
Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (J 027.625 S Prof. Coll.)
Smith, Laura. J. H. The Book Bunch: Developing Book Clubs for Beginning
Readers. Upstart, 2004. HB (J 372.41 S) (lost)
Vermont Center for the Book. The Neighborhood Reading Guide: How to Start Your Own Book Discussion Group in Your Very Own Neighborhood. Revised Edition, Vermont Center for the Book, 1999. (J 028.8 N 1999 Prof. Coll.)
Ward, Caroline. “Having Their Say: How To Lead Great Book Discussions With
Children.” School Library Journal, April, 1998. P.24.
Webber, Desiree, and Snady Shropshire. The Kids’ Book Club: Lively Reading and
Activities for Grades 1-3. Libraries Unlimited, 2001. (J 028.55 W Prof. Coll.)
Selected Web Resources
“Hundreds of in-depth guides for using children’s literature in K-12 classrooms.” Browse alphabetically by title, or search to find specific titles and authors.
Connecticut State Library
A list of titles with links to discussion guides, author information, and ideas on how to use the book in a discussion program.
Great Books Foundation
Contains a children’s book reading list, allows those interested to enroll in a training course for discussion leaders, order books, etc.
Multnomah County Library-“TALK IT UP”
A rich site with loads of practical pointers for librarians.
University of Calgary, Doucette Index
This mega children’s literature site contains a useful index of guides for book discussions.
Publishers have discovered the power of providing thoughtful professional connections to their books. Visit the following for some great discussion ideas:
Includes general discussion questions and suggestions for teaching across the curriculum.
Extensive selection of guides for both teachers and librarians.
Scholastic: Discussion Guides
Discussion guides for a selection of popular and award winning titles for grades K-8.
Simon Say Kids