Please read through everything carefully before committing to joining.
I would like to make sure everyone knows what they are signing up for exactly and aren’t taking a meeting spot they won’t use that someone else could have. Some info on this page may be the same as The Big Kids Social Book Club page, but not all of it is. Please read EVERYTHING carefully. After you have read through everything, the sign up form is below. If you have questions after reading try checking out the frequently asked questions page, though most question can be answered simply by reading the information below. If this club isn’t what you’re looking for you may want to check out The Big Kids Social Book Club for ages 6-11!
There are multiple meeting time options, but the only day is Fridays. I’m keeping each meeting at 10-15 children or less so every child has a fair shot to interact/speak. The times are listed below. If after reading the details you are still interested in joining, please fill out the below form, selecting any times that work for you. Spots will be given first come first serve, so, please choose all times that work best for you. Selecting multiple times will give you a better chance at getting a spot since the club is filling up fairly quick. Once you have signed up you will receive an email with the book we’ll be reading for the first meeting on March 30th 2022, along with any other pertinent details, and the meeting time that I could fit you into.
The meetings are two-parters. We’ll be reading together for the first half, and spending the second half socializing, and occasionally doing simple arts and crafts when time allows.
Your children do NOT have to participate in the craft potion of the meeting to join. If they want to just watch myself and others do the craft, cool! If they simply want to come for the story time portion, that is absolutely fine too! They can pop in with a snack, in their favorite comfy spot and just listen!
Like The Big Kids Social Book Club, we will be reading and discussing books, meetings will be held via Zoom, and last up to 60 min each week. However, unlike the other club, you will not be required to read the book before the meetings. Instead, I will bring the book to be read aloud. The books will be shorter, not chapter books like The Big Kids Social Book Club. Occasionally I will be able to share the book on the screen for everyone to see, but that it’s always an option with every book. I will let you know before each meeting which books I can pop up on the screen to share and which will be the hard copy. If it’s a hard copy book chosen that week and you have it, bring it to follow along if you’d like, but you do NOT have to! I will ask if anyone would like a turn to read each meeting, so if it is a hard copy book week and you’d like to read as well you’ll have to bring your own copy. If I can pop it up on the screen everyone will be able to read if they’d like to with or without their own copy. So, if your child can read and would like a turn, or if you’d like to, just pop up your hand when I ask. If nobody wants a turn, no biggie! I got it! 😉😉
It’s a book club so of course we’ll discuss the book a bit, but it’s also a club for socialization. Once the book is read, I’ll help guide the children in a short discussion about it, and into some other topics (some book related, some not) to further socialization skills.
For the second half of both clubs I try my best to get the kids engaged in talking to one another so they can work on socialization skills with peers and maybe make some new friends. We may play a socialization game each week, not always the same game. The games are just to help children start talking, if it trails off to other things (it normally does) that’s great! I’ll move the discussion along, doing my best to follow the children’s lead, it’s their club after all.
But, before playing the socialization game (that’s a last resort option to get them talking), I ask if anyone has a topic they’d like to discuss. It can be literally anything they’d like, as long as it’s appropriate of course. If they do we’ll see how far the discussion can go on that topic, if not we play one of the socialization games to get things going. I include the free discussion time because I know not everyone enjoys reading and often that’s one of the reasons parents sign up for this, to encourage reading more. The idea is, hopefully, if the children know reading the book means it will eventually lead to them getting to talk about things they actually do care about, it will encourage them to read. Maybe not everything all the time, but at least the book club books, which is a good start. The meetings may not be super fun for children if it’s just all book talk and books aren’t really their thing, but reading is important right? Some kids need a little incentive. I have found the anticipation of getting to socializing with others their age each week about things they enjoy to be a great motivator to read for those that dislike to!
Depending on the book read and how long the discussion goes, we’ll spend the second half doing a craft themed to go along with the book that was read. Some of the crafts will be paper crafts that I will send you (for FREE) so you can download and print them at home to bring to the meeting so we can all do them together in a fun, and possibly unique way! Often for those paper crafts you won’t need anything more than coloring utensils, and possibly glue and/or tape.
You will receive an email with the book choice and craft materials needed (if any) before each weekly meeting. I wish I could provide everyone with all of the craft supplies we’ll be using each time, but sadly I can not. But, I will do my absolute best to keep everything very cheap and easy to do. I do ask that parents be near by to aid your children with the crafts if needed, as well as helping to make sure everyone has a fair shot to speak and is being respectful of others during the meeting; not talking over other children, making rude comments, etc. The world may not be fair, but our book club can be!
Once you sign up below, you will get a reply with the time/date of the club meeting I could place you in and what book we’ll be reading, along with any other info needed. 3-4 days before each meeting you will receive your craft items list, and any other info needed for that week. Please read EVERYTHING in your emails and downloads, even if you are in both book clubs and it appears the info is the same. It may be similar, but the info for each club will NOT be the exact same! If you have any questions about anything PLEASE just e-mail me literally anytime, as much as you want!
You will receive the link to the meeting the day of, about 30-60 min before it begins each week! I generate a new meeting link every week to make sure nobody gets the info that should not have it! I do everything possible to make sure these meetings stay safe for our children because that’s the most important thing here!
Again, I will let you know in the emails what I plan to read each time so you can bring a copy of the book if you’d like to, but you are not required to! I do have it worked out now so that (most of the time) I can display the book being read on the shared screen for all to see!! Also, you do NOT have to participate every week. If you don’t care for the book chosen at any time, sit that one out and swing back by when you see the next one you’re interested in.
Please read the book club rules in your welcome email, or you can get a downloadable copy now below! We won’t use every item on the list every time, but if you’d like to keep the supplies on hand just in case, I have also included a supply list for the crafts we’ll be doing in the rules download!
Previously read: The Giving Tree, Dino Jokes, My Dinosaur Won’t Go To Bed, Dino short stories. Check out some of the crafts we have been doing in our book clubs HERE!!
Note: This club is for ages 4-7, but the age range is just a suggestion. Older and/or younger children are welcome to join if you think they would enjoy it and be able to participate properly. Slightly older children may greatly enjoy a lot of what we read. Remember, you can pick and choose the books to participate in. Siblings/friends/guest are welcome to sit in on the club meetings. I will do my best to include any children that sit in on the meetings as much as possible, provided they can and want to be included. They are welcome to do the craft with us, and take turns reading if they can/want to, or just hangout. As long as everyone remains respectful of others, and nobody interrupts the children talking, I’m good. I am working on adding more specifically for older children, but for now I only have this club and The Big Kids Social Book Club active. Please bear with me! In order to keep everything FREE, I run the HHD site, the book clubs, and other HHD things completely on my own!
This coming Friday….
The theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar!!
The club meetings are every Friday at 12pm-1pm, 5pm-6pm, and 7:00pm-8:00pm! Select all times that work best for you below and I will send you the one I could fit you into. Sign up now!
After signing up, if you haven’t received your welcome email after 24 hours or your not getting weekly info/reminder emails, check your spam. Unfortunately, not often, but on occasion they do go to spam, and if you don’t mark the email address as safe they’ll continue to. If you have checked your inbox and spam and still received nothing, please feel free to contact me about it. I do my best to get to every email, but as I said, I run everything on my own so sometimes I do miss things sadly.
Book Club Crafts
The photos below are the crafts we have done in our book club meetings. Each craft is themed to the book read that week! These are all very simple and cheap to do! Join one of our book clubs HERE to get the FREE downloads used to do these fun crafts! Not all of the crafts we do come from downloads though! Don’t miss out on all of the creative fun and more! Sign up now!! Big thank you to the club members that send photos of the crafts we do when finished!
Important! Signing up for book club does NOT get you added to the main HHD mailing list to receive free packs weekly. You are NOT required to sign up for the HHD site mailing list to join book club, however if you’d like to so you can receive those freebies as well, you can do so at the bottom of this (or any HHD) page! You can check out the other FREEBIES on the HHD site using the links below!
The Big Kids Social Book Club summery; click the link to find out more and sign up: In this club we read the books BEFORE the weekly meetings, then discuss them and play book trivia. We also spend time working on social skills by playing games, doing crafts together (for those that want to participate in that), and free discussion time. The age range is just a suggestion. Older and/or younger children are welcome if you think they would enjoy it and be able to participate properly.
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