We are soon-to-be fifth-grade students at Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School in Arlington Heights — and sometimes our siblings and parents attend as well. We aim to meet monthly, but it often turns out to be every other month or so. We take turns hosting, which involves choosing the book, leading the discussion, coming up with some related activities and serving a story-themed snack. The kids love laughing together, and the parents love the friendships that have formed between our families. We're glad to share the joy of reading and discussing books with our kids.
How we got started
The kids met in first grade in a reading group with the school's reading specialist. We continued the group during the summers. In the third grade, when the reading group was no longer offered at school, we decided to make it a year-round activity.
Books we love
"When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead, "Rules" by Cynthia Lord,"Nim's Island"by Wendy Orr, "The Magician's Elephant" by Kate DiCamillo, "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin, "Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick, "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart, "Ida B" by Katherine Hannigan and "The Anybodies" by N.E. Bode.
"Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper and "The Chronicles of Harris Burdick" by Chris Van Allsburg
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