Book Club Crashing Day 19 of 31

Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life March challenge.  I will be joining other bloggers and writing every day in March.  Please visit their site to read other slices and leave some comment love.

What do you do when you read a new book and really like it, but don't have anyone to talk to about it?  

What do you do if you know that a group of fifth graders are reading the book and are meeting in book clubs to talk about the book?

You invite yourself to join the club.

Normally, I am aware of social norms.  I don't invite myself to events.  I politely wait to be invited.  But last night,  I took home Rivals by Tim Green to quickly review it. I didn't expect to like it so much.  It's about a boy who plays baseball and from what I can tell, there's going to be a mystery to be solved.  I'm not someone who particularly likes sports and I definitely know very little about baseball.  So, I was surprised at how quickly I was drawn into the fast-paced chapters.  Tim Green knows his audience!

This morning, when I took the book back to Mrs. Boyers, I asked if book clubs were meeting today.  I then proceeded to invite  myself to join in.  They agreed to come get me when it was time and I was thrilled when they popped downstairs to get me.

There's something about hanging out with a group of boys, reading a book about baseball and then talking about it.  I learned a lot.  For instance, I didn't realize how rare the 75 mph pitch that the main character can throw would be for a 12 year-old.  

We had a nice chat and they have invited me back after spring break to talk more about the book.  Rivals is coming home with me over break so that I can finish reading it.  I want to be ready for the next time we meet.  


  1. Fun! I m desperate for a book club, so if I had a chance to join grade 6 boys for a book talk, I'd take it! :)

  2. I love see boys get into a book! Tim Green is a popular author with my students too. What a fun day!

  3. What a sweet moment! I got excited today as I had an opportunity to talk about reading and books with both parents and teachers during conferences! Maybe I should start a book club!

  4. That sounds great! We had a book club for fifth grade girls at my school and it was one of the highlights of my career. The conversations were focused but very natural and spontaneous, as book club should be. Your experience sounded so serendipitous as the book wasn't exactly in your comfort zone!

  5. I think that's one of the neat things about your particular teaching position. You aren't confined to one grade or one classroom. You get to bounce around and experience a little of everything. I really enjoy the conversations I have with former students who are now in 4th/5th grade or have even moved to the middle school, especially since I spend my days with 1st graders.


Post a Comment

Please add to the conversation.

Popular Posts