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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.******************************SUMMER BOOK CLUB CELEBRATION:
WHAT: Summer Book Club Celebration — Poetry in the Park
WHEN: Wednesday, 8/21 — 10:00a - 12:00p
WHERE: Duranceau Park — 3100 Thoburn Rd, Columbus 43221
MEETING LOCATION: At/Nearby The Shelterhouse at the Playground
BRING: Each child/mama is welcome to bring a favorite poem or a piece of poetry they've crafted themselves, blankets to sit on, and a packed lunch for your family!
DETAILS: We're going to spend a simple morning together at Duranceau Park sharing poetry that makes us giggle or think or cry. For those who can read, we'd love to have you share your favorite poem, or one you've written with the rest of our Wild + Free friends! For those who can't read quite yet or who might want a little help in sharing, feel free to ask any of our Wild + Free friends, grown-ups or kids, to help you out and read for you! After we're done sharing, we'll eat a quick lunch together and maybe go explore the nearby caves and natural play area. We’ll also announce our Book Club Selections for the 2019-2020 school year!
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