12 ways to Start a Child Care Book Club
Unique concept – Having a book club for your child care can be something that sets you apart. Not many child cares have their own book club. I don’t know that any of my colleagues who offer such a thing. BTW its also a cool thing to say you have to new clients.
Foster an early love of reading – Start um’ young I always say. I really believe reading to children from a young age will give them a life long appreciation for books. Incorporating a book club into your child care offerings demonstrates your program’s commitment to the cognitive development of the children you serve.
Fund raiser – As I said, the sale can be a monthly, seasonal or annual fund raiser for your child care. You can use the proceeds as seed money for new equipment, supplies or even a special purchase for your child care. Sometimes I use the money to simply by more books.
Theme topic/seasonal – If you use curriculum themes, you could choose a book that’s right on topic to generate further interest in that theme.
Best books for kids or favorite – If you don’t use particular themes, you can always choose from a list of The Best Books for Children, a favorite of yours or a book that you enjoy reading to the children.
Circle time reading – By incorporating your book club book into your circle time, the children will quickly become familiar with the book and will likely participate in the story telling.
School/home connection – One of the main reasons I created the book club was to develop a school/home connection. Sometimes parents feel a little left out of their child’s day to day life. Having them read the book is a great way for them to connect with their child while having them interact with your child care program as well.
Bring it to life – It is so much fun to add a puppet or stuffed animal as a prop at story time. The kids get excited and will interact more when they see a character from the book come to life. Hey, you could also sell the puppet or extend the story with a cool puppet making project!
Give as gifts – I love to give books as gifts! I even have them on my list of favorite Christmas gifts. Any unsold books could always be re-purposed into birthday or holiday gifts.
Buy one/give one – During the holidays, I offer a discount on the purchase of a 2nd book to encourage sales. I suggest that the second book could be a gift for another child or even as a donation for a local toy drive.
Pricing – The trick is to find a super low priced, high-quality book to sell. If you find a low priced book, you can offer the book at a discount less than the original retail price of the book, which usually encourages more purchases.
Have you ever had or thought of having a fund raiser for your child care? How did it work for you? Leave me a comment.