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Each quarter, our families work through a piece of well-loved literature — we cap off our time with a Book Club Celebration that features themed activities and crafts, food, and many of our families dress up as their favorite characters! So far, we’ve worked through The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Boxcar Children, The Little House Series, The Secret Garden, and a Poetry in the Park event!
Our leadership team selects the titles for our family book club with great care and several factors in mind. We work hard to appeal to a variety of age ranges and interests, and we tend to focus on classic children’s literature or books with high value for families.
On occasion, you may come across a book we have selected that isn’t the best fit for your family — perhaps it doesn’t appeal to your older/younger children, or it may contain themes that do not fit with your family values or that your children aren’t ready to discuss.
For example, both The Little House series and The Secret Garden contain dialogue that reflects racism from key characters. For some families, this provides a great opportunity to discuss the culture and time period of the books we’re working through and contrast that with their family values and even current events of today. Other families may simply wish to omit those sections of our read-alouds completely. And of course, we understand if your family needs to opt out of a certain title entirely for any reason.
We simply want to make sure that the families participating in our book club are not caught unaware. We highly encourage parents to take the time to pre-read or research all of the books we put on the calendar to make sure they are a good fit for their family.
As an additional heads up, we will not be discussing controversial topics (i.e., racism, magic, etc.) at Book Club Celebration events. Wild + Free is not the appropriate venue for that type of dialogue and we thank our families in advance for coaching their children ahead of time regarding appropriate questions/discussion for our group.******************************AUTUMN BOOK CLUB CELEBRATION
WHAT: Autumn Book Club Celebration — The Hobbit
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/6 — 10:00a - 12:00p
WHERE: Location to be announced!
DETAILS: It’s finally time to gather and celebrate the wonderful story we’ve been reading this autumn, The Hobbit! We don’t want to spoil all the surprises we have planned for this morning, but you can expect delicious treats, free play centered on events and locations in the book, and a sweet themed handicraft to take home as a memento of our time together! Of course, we’ll cap off our morning with a family discussion of this tale! As we release the younger kids to play, we’ll have an extended discussion with our teens (ages 13 and up) to dive a bit deeper into what we’ve read this season!
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+ READER’S GUIDEREGISTER: Because of the intimate nature of this event, we are limiting our headcount to 20 families. The first twenty families to complete the payment process for the $5 family fee will reserve their space for this event. Those who complete the payment process for the family fee will be sent the address/directions to our meeting location and a small list of what to bring to the event. If all spots are filled, we will start a waiting list.
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******************************Autumn Session: The HobbitWinter Session: Picture Book PotluckSpring: The Green EmberSummer: Poetry in the Park