Over the summer, a group of librarians in Clarke County began brainstorming a quarterly book club at our schools using some of the Georgia Book Award nominees. Our hope was to have in-person book clubs at our schools but also to connect our elementary schools virtually through Flipgrid and Google Hangouts/Skype. We selected 4 of the 20 books on the book award list based on a variety of themes and interests.
We also invited other elementary schools to join us and we now have at least 10 of the CCSD elementary schools reading and connecting about the same books.
At school, I have a group of 10 fourth graders who meet during lunch to read the first quarter selection: The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. During lunch, I read aloud while they eat and follow along. We pause along the way to chat and also make an agreement about what page we will all read to before the next meeting. I also made a Flipgrid where we can chat about collections of chapters during the times we aren’t meeting as well as hear thoughts from other schools reading the book too.
Because there’s so much interest in the book, I wanted to extend the opportunity to read the book to our families. Through a Donors Choose project, I secured additional copies of each quarter’s book. I’m sending home a form to invite families to sign up to read The Seventh Most Important Thing. By signing up, they agree to read the book, add to our Flipgrid, and attend an in-person book club on October 19th after school where families can sit together and chat about the book as well as read aloud favorite parts.
I can’t wait to see the discussions we have around this book and future book club selections. I can’t wait to see how families come together around the same book. This is a new piece of building our reading community, and we’re expecting the miraculous as we go.
If you are a Barrow family who wants to participate, download the form above or look in your Monday folder.
If you are someone also reading The Seventh Most Important Thing, please feel free to add to our conversation on Flipgrid. https://flipgrid.com/sevenththing