Thursday, September 15, 2005

This Seems Like a Good Idea...

...but I shudder to think what would have happened if I'd suggested it when my kids were young.

The September issue of Better Homes and Gardens has an article on a parent-child book club for families. Families as in more than one at a time. Families as in more than one parent. Nancy Christie, the author of the article, suggests that four or five family groups (no more than eight to ten people) read the same book and get together at a location inspired by the book to discuss it.

Now, I love to discuss books. And I would love to discuss books with my kids. The problem with this whole plan would turn up if I made the suggestion to anyone--family members, friends, neighbors. This just wouldn't have happened.

However, if a teacher created a family book club, it would be a whole different story. Or maybe a librarian. No, a teacher would have better luck. People will do things for teachers they won't do for other people.

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