Posts Tagged ‘Book Club’

A couple of weeks ago I published a post titled: KidsNews: a great resource! on NovaNews, my other blog.  While detailing much that could be found on this website, I intentionally saved the best for this blog!!

Scroll down to the bottom of the KidsNews website to find a link titled Book Club.   Before you click on the link though, be sure you’ve got a stretch of time up your sleeve to read, explore and imagine how the various links on this page could be used with students. With competitions, announcements of competition winners (including links to their winning stories), interviews with authors, articles about up coming publications, there’s so much to be explored and enjoyed.

The Kids News website brings news stories to classrooms in a fun, accessible and engaging way, and we are delighted to add our books to the mix to help teachers and parents get kids reading.”

Informative and appealing.  With a well structured classroom activity, it’s hard to imagine students not being drawn into this website!

How great it would be though if the people behind the scenes of KidsNews could be persuaded to extend this website to teen readers.   Innovative and appealing online Book Clubs such as this would be a great magnet for tech savvy teens!

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Better Reading BookClubBetter Reading is launching a new online Book Club – a world first!

To be held on the last Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm, the very first session is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of April – yes – next week!

Pitched to adults, this live, interactive book club is a place to listen to the moderator, Cheryl Akle and her invited guests and to participate in passionate conversation about books.  As noted on the Better Reading website:

Cheryl, along with our guests, will be doing the talking, but we’d love to see your comments throughout on our Facebook page and we’ll try to address as many as we can during our discussion. It’s really simple, you just visit our Facebook at 8pm on the last Wednesday of each month and you can make comments as you would on any other Facebook post.

We’d love to hear what you think of our chosen book – let us know even if you don’t think it’s such a great book and maybe you’d like to suggest a book for future selection? We’re all for everyone having their say and we intend to include many different kinds of books. All you need is to read the book and bring your thoughts.

Join the first Book Club Live Wednesday 27th @ 8.00pm.  It’s bound to be a lively conversation as thoughts and comments focus on Australian author Liane Moriarty’s novel Big Little Lies!

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Driving home from work the other day, I  happened to tune into Rafael Epstein’s drive show just in time to hear him say put ‘books with Raf’ into your search engine and see what we’re reading.

Intrigued, because no more was said about the topic as I drove home, I did just as he said later that night and was blown away to discover that Raf has started an online book club which links into his radio talk show.

It’s novel (excuse the pun!) and a great way to engage readers and certainly a radio audience.   My first look-see showed me the books read in 2013, though I quickly discovered that this book club has been running for some years.  While not too many of the books fall into the traditional young adult range of books which I tend to focus on here, a great range of books have been included in the program.   With audio links to previous broadcasts, the website really is fun to poke around.   With an invitation to tweet while you read and the opportunity to submit book reviews, the website also has an enticing list of genres which include a great range of books previously focused upon.

So if you’re looking for a good book this month check out current reads at Read with Raf 2014.

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