You know how much we love reading in the summertime. The school pressure is off and it’s time for the kids (and adults) to read for the joy of reading. Maybe this summer you’ve decided to host your own summer reading club or summer book club. We’ve shared all kinds of great printable reading club worksheets to help you host a summer reading club at home and now we are sharing some creative summer book club activities for the book club meet-ups.
A summer book club is all about summer books, but it can also be fun to take the books you are reading and use them to inspire creative activities to do with your friends. When you meet up to discuss the books you’ve read together, it’s fun to have an activity to do.
Summer Book Club Activities
Make a meal
Take inspiration from the book you have read to make snacks or a meal. Do the characters in your book eat any specific foods, or have a favorite snack? Can you recreate that food? For instance, after reading Beatrix Potter’s books we made a Peter Rabbit inspired garden salad. What about if you read James and the Giant Peach and everyone brings…peaches! You get the idea.
Remake the book’s cover art
Okay, here’s a fun one. If you could redesign the cover of your book, what would it look like? Wrap a sheet of paper around your book and make a new cover…front and back. What would you write on the back of the book? What will the new price be for the book? And, how will you capture the reader with the cover art?
Write an epilogue
An epilogue is an additional chapter that follows at the end of a book. Often times it will take the reader one step further into the story. Does your book need an epilogue? Everyone in the book club can write an epilogue and then share them and see what everyone came up with.
Write a prologue
Similar to an epilogue, a prologue is a passage that falls before the story. Kind of like a little peek into the story before the story begins, maybe containing some key background information for readers. What would the prologue of the book be if you wrote it? Write it and share it with your book club members.
Make collage art
If you are the creative type, invite everyone in the book club to bring an old magazine, glue, and scissors to the meeting. Search the magazines for images that remind you of the book, the characters, the setting, and the story. Cut out all kinds of images from the magazines and glue them to a piece of cardstock. Create a piece of collage art inspired by your book.
Make a poster with a fave quote
Did you have a favorite quotation in the book? Turn your favorite quotation into a poster you can hang on your wall. Again, you could use the old magazines to cut letters from or draw or design online your poster.
Make a movie
Are you and your friends’ moviemakers? Maybe you are. Write and film a scene from the book. You could do this super simple with your phone cameras or really get into it and make a stop-motion film. See where your creativity takes you.
Write a review
Pretend you are all book critics. How would you rate the book? How many “stars” would you give it? Write an honest review and share it with your friends. At the end of the summer, you will have a series of book reviews for each book your group read.
Fill in your reading log
We’ve made a simple reading log where you can track the books you’ve read. We have a printable reading log – for the name of the book, the name of the author, and the date you read the book. We also have a more visual reading book tracker – where you color a summer object for each book that you read. Either way, keep track of the books your group has read this summer so you can decide what to read next summer.
Watch a movie together
Has the book you read had a movie made of it? If so, then pop the popcorn and watch the movie together. Is the movie as good as the book, better or worse? What parts are better and which parts did they miss out on? If your book doesn’t have a movie, could you find a movie that is similar to watch? Maybe a fantasy book might inspire you to watch a fantasy film you wouldn’t normally watch.
What will your summer book club be reading this year?
Check out all of our summer reading club printable worksheets for more fun
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