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Web resources for book discussion groups

Association of Library Service to Children- includes lists & links.

Internet public library for youth - includes lists & links.

Young Adult Library Services Association - includes lists & links.

BR_Cafe and BR_Review - a book discussion list serve for kids. Contributors to BR_Cafe and BR_Review must be kids. Instructions for joining the list are available on this site.

Bookmates - a British site dedicated to book discussion groups for youth. Includes discussion guides and book activities. British and American books are examined.

Joh Scieszka's initiative to encourage boys' reading. Includes book reviews, book trivia and word scrambles that complement book discussion group activities.

Madison Public Library's web sites for book lovers. Includes general links to book group resources.

Talk it Up! Sponsored by the Multnomah County Library (Portland, OR), this fantastic site includes descriptions of the groups that meet in Multnomah County libraries, book lists and incredibly useful book discussion guides for tons of books.

Teen Hoopla. Sponsored by YALSA, this site provides a space for teens to write about their favorite books and share reactions with other YAs.

Wisconsin Humanities Council. Includes information about grants available for public library book discussion programs.

The World of Reading - an online book discussion group for kids sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library. Kids submit book reviews, which are organized by subject and by the reviewer's country of origin.Discussion group guidelines/information for group leaders

Guidelines for book discussion groups from the CCBC

In addition to the CCBC guidelines, this Multnomah County site includes other guidelines to consider when conducting a book dis cussion group with youth.

Reading group choices - general information about forming groups and guidelines for adult and youth groups.

Guidelines for mock Newbery and Caldecott discussions from the Tempe, AZ, public library.

Publishers' guides
The following publishers provide discussion guides on their web sites:


HarperCollins guides available in Adobe format

Houghton Mifflin (includes Clarion books)

Lee and Low (includes discussion guides to multicultural picture books)

Little, Brown (includes discussion guides and activity ideas)

Random House

Scholastic (includes guides for picture books & books for younger readers)

Simon & Schuster Click on "Resources & Materials" for discussion guides

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