Book clubs offer children a way to share books, experiences, and feelings together. Many children report feeling closer to one another after sharing books together. In addition, book clubs may provide children with a way to explore and discuss difficult topics in a safe way.
In addition to helping children talk about important issues, book clubs provide an enjoyable and easy way for children to develop many literacy skills. Simply by reading books in preparation for book club meetings, children will develop fluency; the ability to read smoothly and with expression. In addition, children will learn new vocabulary words and be exposed to new ideas and concepts. Through the discussion that takes place at book club meetings, readers will develop a deeper understanding of books, consider others' perspectives on the same book, and practice analyzing the books read.
Finally, book clubs help children develop important language skills. Book discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions, and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words.