27 Nov
2013
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Book Club Meets Movie Night

Book Club Movie Night

One of my favorite book club ideas for kids is to read a book together as a family and then have a movie night. The list of books made into movies is extensive. This book club idea works well for us in the summer. I have the kids help choose books to read together and then it’s easy to fit movie night in whenever we finish a book instead of fitting movie nights into crazy school year schedules. On our family movie nights we pull out a vinyl tablecloth, throw it on the floor in front of the TV and, more often than not, eat pizza while we watch the movie.

Currently, in our house, we have kids who are 11, 9, 6 and 4. Our 4-year-old daughter won’t sit through longer books that don’t have pictures, and some of the movie/book choices aren’t appropriate for her. I’ve been known to read a book to my older children and then watch the movie during our daughter’s nap time. Our 11-year-old, most of the time, chooses to read the books to himself because it’s faster while I’ll read to the other boys. Reading to my children is one of my parental highlights. I enjoy curling up with them and losing ourselves in a story. I’m a sucker for “just one more chapter.” Now that our older son is reading young adult books, I like to read the same books he is and talk to him about the content. He’s had special movie nights with his dad and I after reading books that his younger siblings shouldn’t read or watch the movie. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is a perfect example.

Watching the movie and comparing it to the book lends itself to good discussion. We always ask the kids a couple of questions when the movie is finished to start a discussion:

  1. Was the ending the same? Did you like it? Why or why not?
  2. Did the characters look like you had pictured them?
  3. Was anything omitted you wished would have been in the movie?
  4. Was the setting what you had imagined?

Honestly, the kids have never picked a movie over the book. The book has always been better for them.

Books to Consider for Book Club/Movie Night

“Horton Hears a Who!” — Dr. Seuss
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — Dr. Seuss
“Charlotte’s Web” — E.B. White
“Matilda” — Roald Dahl
“The Witches” — Roald Dahl
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — C.S. Lewis
“Bed-Knob and Broomstick” — Mary Norton
“Ella Enchanted” — Gail Carson Levine
“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” — Beverly Cleary
“The Indian in the Cupboard” — Lynne Reid Banks
“Holes” — Louis Sachar
“The Tale of Despereaux” — Kate DiCamillo

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