It can be challenging, convincing boys to spend time with books. A few friends and I started a Mother-Son Bookclub about a year ago as a way to challenge our boys to read more, teach them to articulate their thoughts, and encourage them to discuss books in a fun atmosphere outside the classroom. We hope this Bookclub inspires our boys to become lifelong readers and continues to be a positive way for us to connect with our sons as they get older.
The first rule of Mother-Son bookclub…
We came up with a few loose rules, to get started.
1. Mothers and sons read the books.
2. Each boy takes a turn selecting the book. (We drew number order at the first meeting.)
3. Meet monthly, rotating houses from 5:30-7:30 PM. Each meeting includes dinner, activity, book discussion.
4. Host parent buys the pizza, host child (with help from parent) plans the project / activity / discussion.
5. Host boy selects the next book.
The boys were heading into 4th grade when we started the club. Here’s a list below of our Mother-Son bookclub reads and the activity that we did to accompany each book .
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Activity: Make a Shrinky Dink dragon.
- The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
Activity: Play marbles and other simple games.
- Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
Activity: Make a book club book journal.
- War Horse by Michael Murporgo
Activity: Watch Youtube video of WW1 treatment of horses. Play the game Stratego.
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Activity: Make your own granola.
- The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Activity: Math and word games.
- By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Activity: Sift for gold. (Gold rocks hidden sand.)
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Activity: Scavenger Hunt. Watch “The 20,000 Pyramid” on Youtube and play our own version of the game.
- Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
Activity: Cartoon drawing. Hunt for your own amulet.
- Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Activity: Make up dollar words. Count grass. Role playing – bullying, conflict situations.
- Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
- The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket
Are your children in a bookclub? Let us know what you’re reading, what works, what doesn’t. We would love to hear from you.