Amelia reads “every chance I get. In the car, in the morning, after school, in math class and many other places.” According to Maddie, “I like to read alone in my bedroom or at school at my desk.”
Lindsay Belew relates, “Typically, Emme, myself and her brother like to read right before bed. We either read on the couch with a blanket or laying in bed in our PJs.” The Jennewein bedtime rule is “you must read quietly in bed or turn out the light and go to sleep. Guess what my kids choose to do?”
Activities haven’t been tailored to books yet. According to the organizer, “We hope to begin taking field trips to Indy or Cincy when we find something that fits.”
She adds, “As the girls get older, I can even see us broaching more sensitive, but necessary topics in a safe manner together. I wanted Chloe to feel that she had a safe group of friends that she could share with, particularly since all of the girls have already dealt with some mean girls and teasing episodes at school.”
The club already has shown many benefits. There have been teachable moments. The coordinator reports, “‘The Hundred Dresses’ was a short story about bullying an outsider. I asked each girl to identify someone at school that week that perhaps felt that way and to make a point of including them. I heard back from multiple sources that the girls did just that!”
It has gotten some out of reading ruts. “Chloe has decided that she likes history and true stories after reading ‘Indian Captive: The True Story,’” her mother says.
Being a part of the group can challenge members to increase their abilities. According to Maddie, “The book club has inspired me to read thicker books.” Chloe adds, “I was already a pretty good reader, but the book club does inspire me to read more. Sometimes I have to read longer than I might normally to finish the book on time. And I also have to pay attention more to the words I read because I know we’re going to talk about it.”