Children’s Book Groups

Book Groups for Kids

Our book groups offer a space for kids to get together, make friends, and discuss reading. Kids will have a chance to explore various genres to find out what excites them most and dive deeper into the stories and topics they love. Find the book group that fits your age and interest, then sign up on the Events Calendar for the next meeting.

Book group meetings will be held at the Milano Center. Times and dates might change later in the year as our space changes.

Just the Facts (K/1st grades)

This is a nonfiction topic-based book group. Kids will enjoy some new found facts and share some of their own as well. The topic will be announced beforehand, but no reading is required.

All kindergarten and 1st grade children are welcome.

September topic – Pyramids
October topic – Trees and Foliage
November topic – Rocks and Minerals
December topic – Kitchen Science
January topic – Kitchen Science
February topic – Kitchen Science
March topic – Soap
April topic – Rock Candy
May topic – Dandelions *May’s meeting will be on the 3rd Thursday*

Book Worms (2nd/3rd grades)

This discussion-based book group will explore various genres and types of books. Kids will have a chance to discover new books and fun characters on exciting adventures.

All 2nd and 3rd grade children are welcome.

September book – no prereading
October book – Paige Proves It by Amy Marie Stadelmann
November book options – The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler, Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise, The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders by Amy Marie Stadelmann, or Lark Holds the Key by Natasha Deen
December book – Weird But True series
January book – Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
February book – book tasting (no prereading)
March book – Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
April book – Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberger
May book – Mrs. Frogbottom’s Field Trips: I Want My Mummy! by Nancy Krulik *May’s meeting will be on the 4th Thursday*

Stitches and Stories (4th/5th grades)

This is a crafty book group. Kids will learn and practice crafting skills and hobbies, starting with cross stitch, while discussing a shared book.

All 4th and 5th grade children are welcome.

September book – The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
October book – Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac (optional: Freestyle by Gale Galligan)
November book – The Hero Next Door by various authors (short stories) *November’s meeting will be on the 5th Thursday*
December book – The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari
January book – Super Puzzletastic Mysteries: Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America
February book – Max and the MidKnights by Lincoln Pierce
March book – The Secret Garden on 81st Street by Ivy Noelle Weir
April book – Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
May book – The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor *May’s meeting will be on the 5th Thursday*

For Book Worms and Stitches and Stories, kids will all check out the same book, which is announced the month before the program meeting. They should read the book before the monthly meeting, either independently or with someone. Copies of each book will be available at the Children’s Desk. E-copies and audiobook copies of some books may also be found on Libby.

Programs will take place at the Milano Center. Space is limited and registration is required for all participants. Please register separately for each child attending. Please check in at the front door of the Milano Center. Caregivers must remain in the vicinity.