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June 5, 2012 / Christian M.

How NOT to Plan a Kid’s Book Discussion

  1. Agree to fill in for librarian on vacation and lead the children’s book discussion.
  2. Totally forget about book discussion until the day before it happens.
  3. Frantically look through picture books to find a title with a discussion-worthy plot and enough copies for everyone.
  4. Decide to use Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Ratham. But there are only three copies here.
  5. Locate a nearby branch with extra copies on the shelf.
  6. Late that night Google search for discussion questions and activity ideas.
  7. Go to nearby branch the next morning before coming to work and check out four copies of the book.
  8. Hold book discussion that evening…and only two children show up.
  9. Think to yourself that you could have skipped that extra trip to find more books.
  10. Have a good time anyway.


Side note: This book discussion group is for 7-11 year olds. The librarian has a set format, where she chooses a different book each week and brings enough copies for each person. She reads the story aloud and the children follow along in their book. Afterwards they discuss the book and then do an activity. When I subbed for her before, she had already chosen the book and the activity, and I just executed the plan. This time she asked if I wanted to plan the program myself, and I said yes…and then I forgot.


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