This global children’s book club is an effort to cultivate understanding, respect, and love for the world and its people. I deeply hope it plants seeds of diverse global education in your families!
I’m a book club lover. I’m currently in 3 book clubs, and have been a part of at least 1 at all times for more than a decade. I love the discussion, the insights, and the push to read. I love the commitment and encouragement. And the idea of a children’s book club delights me to no end.
I’ve been heartbroken by some recent events in the United States. We need more kindness and compassion, more understanding and curiosity and empathy. We need more diversity.
A friend challenged us to use our voices and to act within our sphere of influence. She reminded me we can all do something.
Introducing: Global Children’s Book Club
So with that in mind, here’s what I’m planning to do in my space. This summer, I’ll be hosting a virtual children’s book club with books that take place in or are influenced by countries from around the world. Both here and on Instagram, I’ll be helping our family and anyone else who would like to join learn more about a wide variety of peoples and countries and communities.
We’ll do a small thing to help us all become more comfortable with and appreciative of difference. It’s a little something we can all do to plant seeds of connection, acceptance, and love. We hope you can join us!
More info below on how it works, but here are the book lists!
How Do I Sign Up?
The most common question I’ve gotten is – how do I sign up? I have you covered! Stay in the know with all the most important info by popping in your name right here. Read on below for more information on how it will work!
How the Book Club for Kids Will Work: Picture Books + Chapter Books
The book club will have two main main components – picture books & chapter books.
Picture Book Alphabet Countdown
For the picture books, we’ll have one per day for 26 days. Each picture book will correspond to a letter of the alphabet and country of the day. To go along with that, we’ll have some fun activities and recipes on the blog, and an incredible passport book printable from Becca at Hadley Designs. We’ll also have a quick (10ish minute) discussion on my Instagram, which I’ll make fun whether or not you’re able to read the book yourself.
Best of all, we’ll have some of the authors doing read alouds of their books over on my Instagram, so be sure to follow along over there!
Here is the full list of 26 diverse picture books, as well as the book list for the special Juneteenth day!
For the chapter books, we’ll have one per month for each month of (US) summer – June, July, and August. I’ll provide some discussion questions and prompts here, and lead a brief weekly discussion of a section of the book over on Instagram.
Or if you want everything in one place, here’s a printable book list!
When will it take place?
You can find the full book club schedule here!
Kids Book Club Ages
I’m including both picture books and chapter books in the book club to allow a variety of ages and families to participate.
The picture books are really for all ages! While picture books may seem like they’re geared to younger readers, I encourage families with kids of all ages to participate. There’s so much goodness in many picture books! They often have rich vocabulary and insightful themes that are wonderful even for older children.
The chapter books will be primarily geared to the 6-10 crowd. Still, ANYONE, older or younger, is more than welcome to participate.
Insightful and Approachable Content
Though these books’ prime age ranges vary, I’ve worked hard to find books that are globally inspired with important themes, but aren’t super intense or scary for young learners. My goal is that each of the books is interesting enough to engage inquisitive young learners of all ages. I also hope none feels overwhelmingly intense for families with young children.
There will also be options to gain access to a weekly small group discussion with other parents, a private facebook group to share ideas/activities/learnings, and small group discussions with authors. Stay tuned!
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