Book Clubs, Homeschooling, Literature, tweens and teens

Catching Fire Book Club Celebration for Kids

At the end of her sixth-grade year, Kayleigh and I realized that book discussions weren’t always a whole lot of fun with only the two of us. We kicked off her seventh-grade year by organizing a monthly book club with friends.

I selected one of my favorite books, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, as our kick-off book. The characters are fantastic and the writing is incredible.

The host mom and I were feeling inspired, so we decided to go all in and truly celebrate this book in a way the girls would not soon forget!

Catching Fire Book club with kids.

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Hunger Games Book Club: Being Effie

Part of the fun we had at our first meeting was completely coincidental.

IMG_8258Months ago I had decided to be one of my favorite Hunger Games characters, Effie Trinket, for Halloween.

I had already purchased a dress and wig so I decided to finish my costume in time for the book club.

I went on a crazy last minute tear for the final touches:

Make-up from the teenage girl down the street.  
My first pair EVER of false eyelashes.  
Paper Butterflies for the dress.  
Pink spray paint for the wig.  
Extra crazy black feather hairpiece to add to the wig.
Outrageously high heels.

Effie arrived in time for book club.

I decided to refer to the girls at book club as tributes for the evening and two of my tributes were riding to book club with me.

Hunger Games Book Club: The Decor

Many of the moms take a turn hosting book club. This month, we arrived to find a Hunger Games inspired table for discussion.

Bread from the districts.  

Cornucopia waffle cones.  

Capital hot chocolate.  

Night lock (chocolate covered berries).

And each tribute received a silver parachute from their sponsor.  The silver parachutes were an important part of the Hunger Games and this little detail was just perfect.

Catching Fire

Of course, I had a few little tricks up my sleeve to encourage the girls to share their thoughts during our book club discussion.

Unbeknownst to the girls, I brought slips of paper and a large glass bowl to collect the names of my tributes.

Each girl had to write her name on a slip of paper and put it in the bowl. Then they were able to help themselves to some snacks.

Once they each had a plate full of food, I asked them to count how many snacks were on their plate. For each snack, they had to write their name on an additional piece of paper.

Extra tribute entries were required in exchange for their “tesserae”.

Hunger Games Book Club: Discussion

I gathered my questions for the evening and numbered them from 1 to 10.

I drew the name of a tribute and asked that child to pick a number between 1 and 10 and that was the question we discussed.  If my question was met with silence, then I drew another name.

Drawing tributes names was a great strategy to keep the discussion moving. And many giggles were provided due to my quick-witted daughter who wrote a variety of names on the slips of paper. It was a little tough for Finnick or Primrose to answer any of our questions, though reading, “Primrose Everdeen” out of my tribute jar felt very authentic.

One ornery child wrote “Effie Trinket” on the slip of paper and I drew my own name.  Laughing along with them, I selected our next question.

After a lively discussion and a ton of laughter, the girls watched the movie while the moms had two hours to catch up.

I absolutely loved this evening.  We can’t wait for our next book club meeting.  

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4 Comments

  • Reply Mariah August 27, 2016 at

    Do you do all the books listed for those age ranges? How many books per year do you think you cover? What other English/writing curriculum do you pair with Arrow or boomerang?

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com August 27, 2016 at

      Mariah, I subscribe to the yearly guides. We complete 8-9 out of the 10 in a year. We do once a month. I use some of the Brave Writer writing guides (Jot it down and Partnership Writing) We also use some formal spelling and grammar here and there. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Mia White May 17, 2019 at

    Best ever, well done Effie ??????

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