Reading should never be a chore. Okay sometimes it can be. Who ever wants to read the instruction manual, right? Or the small print OR that old novel that you ‘have’ to read for school (which is actually probably pretty amazing if you were reading it by choice and not having to write essays about it!) I have always loved reading and one of my strongest childhood memories is of visiting our local library with my family. It was quite a long time ago now – I’m talking dinosaurs, a time before smart phones, tablets and constant access to TV any time day or night. So I do realise that reading has some pretty stiff competition these days. But – and this is a big BUT – reading for pleasure is something that we should all be making time for. It’s vital for both our emotional and intellectual wellbeing. It enables us to view life from a different perspective, become more knowledgeable, have more empathy and understanding. In a nutshell it brings out the best in us.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles W. Eliot
One of my aims here on Tales Before Bedtime is to share the book love and my own reading journey. It’s with this in mind that I decided (alongside my regular book reviews) that I would create two online book clubs. One is for adults and the other – this one – for younger readers. Now this could include anything from picture books to YA novels.
So, may I welcome you to Read With Me Young Readers… and this book club is a little bit different.
I will be suggesting three books to choose from each month. The books selected each month will offer a variety of age ranges to choose from. This way I hope there will be something appropriate for all young readers (and adults too).
How can you get involved?
The Read With Me Young Readers book club is open to any visitors to the Tales Before Bedtime website allowing them to participate in the discussions and enjoy relevant additional content about the authors and publishers. All I ask is that any contributions are well mannered and kind. This is a loving book site that nurtures readers and writers.
does it cost to Join?
The short answer is NO.
The long answer: I did consider charging a subscription fee but ultimately I would like this book club accessible by anyone so I have decided against charging.
However… I am trying to run my Tales Before Bedtime website ad free and so to help with my costs I am giving you kind hearted people the option to help me out with this. Think of it as buying me a cup of my favourite Earl Grey tea each month. 🙂
By making a small contribution of a monthly* amount such as £2 (or an amount chosen by you) you will enable me to carry on sharing the book love without having random ads appearing on the site (which we can all agree can be pretty irritating). You’ll also be supporting and encouraging my own writing of which I’d love to be able to publish on here too.
*You can cancel this monthly contribution at any time without question.
Here are some frequently asked questions which I hope will answer any queries you may have but please do contact me if there is anything I haven’t covered.
Q: When will I know which books have been selected to read?
A: On the 1st of each month I will release the details of the titles we will be reading for that month.
Q: How many books am I required to read?
A: You and/or your young readers can choose to read as many of the suggested books as you like or none at all. You are under no obligation at all.
Q: When do I need to read my chosen books by?
A: There is no pressure to read the book by any given date but I will begin discussions during the relevant month to kick things off. You can then contribute (if you’d like to) at any time after that and there isn’t a cutoff date for comments. I may also include reading group questions to inspire our discussions (but again you can completely ignore these).
Q: Do I have to contribute to the discussion?
A: You can contribute as much or as little as you like. Again you are under no obligation at all and can simply use the club as a place to get some reading inspiration for yourself or your young readers.
Q: Are there any rules to contributing to the discussions?
A: Keep it friendly and put a big fat ‘SPOILERS!!’ alert at the top of your comment if there is anything that might give any part of the story away. Do try not to spoil other peoples enjoyment of discovering the story for themselves by warning before they read too far into your comment. Also be kind – if you didn’t enjoy the book be constructive in your comments. Always remember that one reader’s rubbish is another’s treasure AND the author is a real person. I will remove any comments that I feel are inappropriate for the site.
Q: What ‘additional content’ will be available?
A: This will differ from month to month and book to book. I will always strive to add information that I think may be of interest and add a greater relationship between you and the book. Sometimes it may be an author interview, reading or something as simple as a link to other sites or reviews of interest. I will also run giveaways and competitions from time to time.
Q: Can I suggest books to be added to the reading list?
A: Absolutely. Just send them through to me on an email and I’ll consider them. I can’t guarantee your suggestion will be selected but will try and include as many as I can.
Q: Do I have to participate every month?
A: Absolutely not. You can dip in and out as the fancy takes you.
Q: Is this book club suitable for adults?
A: Absolutely. I adore reading an eclectic range of books and find myself blown away by the variety and brilliance of children’s and YA books that are available today. If you do prefer books for older readers though then why not check out my other Read With Me… book club which is for adults.
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
― C.S. Lewis
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
I do hope you and your young readers will join me on this reading journey. Just imagine all of the wonderful places we’ll go to… There is magic waiting on every page.
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