Why book clubs are good for kids

Book clubs are a favorite hobby for people all over the world, giving them a chance to spend some quality time with friends and loved ones discussing their chosen book. But they don’t just have to be for adults—book clubs are highly beneficial for kids as well, and can encourage them to grow in both a classroom and social environment.

Here are just a few reasons why book clubs are so great for kids.

Inspire a love of reading

Parents and teachers often find it difficult to encourage their children to read. A well-structured and well-lead book club, though, can inspire a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. There are some types of book clubs that encourage kids to read for a certain number of minutes to achieve rewards, and there are other book club programs that more closely resemble adult book clubs, but with more kid-friendly activities and discussions.

By getting a group of kids together to share discussions of books and reading-based activities and challenges, it becomes a social event kids will look regularly look forward to.

Offer opportunities for self exploration

The more kids read, the more they learn about the world and, by extension, themselves. On a basic level, they get a better sense of what they like and are interested in. But reading also helps kids learn empathy and understanding of other people, as well as skills like critical thinking and text analysis (as they get older).

Improve kids’ accountability

Part of a book club is having activities and discussion questions that revolve around having read the book (or the part of the book being discussed that session). This is an extra opportunity outside of homework for kids to get lessons in accountability, as they’ll know they need to read their assigned chapters to be able to participate in the book club. You’ll find kids are much more likely to be accountable with their reading when they’re involved in a group activity like a book club with their friends, and that that accountability will then carry over into other areas of their lives.

These are just a few examples of some of the ways kids can greatly benefit from participating in book clubs. Fortunately, starting up a new book club at your school has never been easier, thanks to the programs we offer at Cranium Clubs.

To learn more about our book club offerings, we encourage you to contact us today.

Joshua Chernikoff