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Giraffe image copyright 2005 by Lois EhlertChildren's Book Club Kits

Children Book Club Kits contain paperback copies of the chosen title, a discussion guide which includes information about the author and discussion questions, a “how to use this Kit” sheet and some kits include a DVD movie version of the book.

These kits may be checked out for six weeks and may not be renewed. The kits need to be returned in person to the checkout desk. There is a charge for missing pieces. Please do not return kits through the book drop. Only one kit may be checked out on a single card at one time.

See the titles available below. To reserve a kit using the online catalog, click on the cover of the book.

Beverly Cleary

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly ClearyRamona Quimby, Age 8
From the first day of third grade, when Ramona Quimby meets her eventual nemesis Yard Ape, life moves on at its usual wild pace--usual for the boisterous Ramona, that is. Soon she is accidentally squashing a raw egg into her hair at the school cafeteria, being forced to play Uncle Rat with her annoying young neighbor, and, worst of all, throwing up in her classroom. The responsibilities of an 8-year-old are sometimes daunting, especially in a family that is trying to squeak by while the father goes back to school. But Ramona is full of too much vim and vigor to ever be down for long.
All About Beverly Cleary | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.   

All About C.S. Lewis | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul CurtisBud, Not Buddy
A 10-year-old orphan with nothing but an old suitcase, a blanket and some flyers to his name, Bud, not Buddy Caldwell is determined to find his long- lost father, no matter where it might lead him. Bud has been moving from home to home all his life due to the sudden death of his mother, and he is determined to find his real home, a place where he knows he belongs. Bud's mother left him with flyers of a talented Jazz band, leaving Bud with the impression that his dad, who is featured on the front, is still performing and will be in Grand Rapids for a show. With hopes of reconciling with his father, some flyers that his mother left him for guidance, and his precious suitcase, Bud embarks on an unforgettable journey that will lead him where he never imagined.

All About Christopher Paul Curtis | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

E.B. White

Charlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteCharlotte's Web
An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing of time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracles often found in the simplest of things.

All About E.B. White | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted
The 1998 Newbery Honor Book, Ella Enchanted, is the funny and charming story of a girl who receives a most unfortunate “gift” of complete obedience. At her birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, though, for how can she truly be herself when at any moment she must obey any order given to her, whether it is to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom. But spunky Ella does not tamely accept her fate: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” Battling hungry ogres, wicked stepsisters, and foolish fairies along the way, fifteen-year-old Ella embarks on a quest to break the curse - once and for all.

All About Gail Carson Levine | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Judy Blume

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy BlumeAre You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
Margaret Simon is eleven, going on twelve, moving to a new house and school and experiencing all the changes that adolescence brings.  Not only does Margaret have questions about boys and bras, she has some pretty serious questions about religion and other stuff she just can’t talk to her friends about.  So Margaret finds someone else to talk to.

All About Judy Blume | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
At the start of Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Honor novel, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni has just moved to Naomi, Florida. Her mom has left the family, and her preacher father has been hiding in his old "turtle shell." All India Opal wants is a friend. That's when she finds Winn-Dixie, a stray dog she rescues at the local grocery store. Having Winn-Dixie for a dog is great. India Opal starts to meet people in town, her father starts poking out of his shell, and India Opal even begins to understand why her mother may have left. All of this happens because of Winn-Dixie.

All About Kate DiCamillo | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois LowryThe Giver
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. 

All About Lois Lowry | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis SacharHoles
Stanley Yelnats, a hard-working, law-abiding, unlucky kid, is falsely arrested for stealing a pair of sneakers and is sentenced to a summer at Camp Green Lake. The "Camp" turns out to be a juvenile detention center in the middle of the desert where a cruel warden forces the boys to dig holes all day in search of treasure. Over the course of the summer, Stanley makes new friends, defeats new enemies, and discovers an ancient curse on his family. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, this book deals with issues ranging from fate to friendship.

All About Louis Sachar | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald DahlMatilda
Matilda is an extraordinary girl, a child of wondrous intelligence - unfortunately she has neglectful and deeply stupid parents. Harry and Zinnia Wormwood are too wrapped up in their own little lives to care, or even to notice, that their daughter is a budding genius. Matilda is in love with books and learning. When the Wormwoods finally grant Matilda’s wish to attend school, they bundle her off to Crunchem Hall, a bleak brick prison where students cower before the whip-hand and fist of a hulking monster-Principal, Agatha Trunchbull.  Amid Crunchem's darkness, Matilda finds a single light in warm-hearted Miss Honey, the first grade teacher who recognizes the girl’s remarkable skills. Miss Honey also sees a very special talent that allows the spirited girl to turn the tables on the wicked grown-ups in her world. Matilda is a modern fairytale.

All About Roald Dahl | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide

Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting
Doomed to-or blessed with-eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles onto their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing than it might seem. The Tuck family is also confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that in addition to Winnie Foster, a malicious stranger now shares their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older.

All About Natalie Babbitt | Book Discussion Questions | Printable Guide


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