Last Stop on Market Street Family Dinner Book Club

It’s time for a brand-new Family Dinner Book Club .  This month we are featuring the Newbery Award Winner, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena.

We have lots of ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, talk about the book and complete a family service project. We have thought of everything you need!  So, get a copy of the book and join in on the fun.

Read the 2016 Newbery Award winning book, Last stop on Market Street and then hold a Family Dinner Book Club. Get your themed menu, table crafts, conversation starters and family service project to compliment the book.

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Just to review a bit if you are new to the fun… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family.  On the 1st of each month, we provide all the details for your special club dinner.  Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a special menu to compliment the book.  Laura from Sunny Day Family shares easy table crafts.  And, I will share conversation starters and a service project for your family.

We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.  Plus, you will want to follow along there for more bonus ideas to use with the books each month.

Now, on to all of the details!

Last Stop on Market Street

The Book

Last Stop on Market Street was published in 2015 and just recently won the Newbery Award AND a Caldecott Honor Award. It’s a great choice for Family Dinner Book Club.  A young boy and his grandmother travel across town on the bus each Sunday.  Along the way, the boy questions things that he sees and ponders things.  Each question is met with a thoughtful response by his grandmother. She helps him to see the beauty around him.

Listen below as the author talks about the book.


Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner book club rolling.  Just click on this link (Last Stop on Market Street Conversation Starters) for a one page PDF file that you can print and then cut apart.  Use the cards on your chosen dinner night.  You, of course, don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading.  These are just meant to be a guide.  Happy talking!

  • CJ and his Nana have a Sunday routine.  What is that routine?  Do you have a routine on a certain day?
  • Nana teaches CJ many life lessons.  Is there an older person who has taught you an important lesson?
  • CJ and Nana volunteer at a soup kitchen each Sunday.  Tell about a time when you have helped someone in need.
  • Nana helps CJ see that there is beauty everywhere we look.  Let’s look around after dinner and see what beauty we can find around us.
  • The blind man on the bus tells CJ to close his eyes and see with his ears.  Let’s close our eyes and listen.  What do we “see?”
  • What is something that we could do to help others in the near future?

Family Dinner Book Club

Family Service Project

CJ and his grandmother take the bus each Sunday to a soup kitchen to serve others.  This month our family service project idea is to volunteer at a soup kitchen in your community.

Table Decorations and Menu

Now, head over to Daisy at Home to get the Last Stop on Market Street menu.  Then, check out the table crafts at Sunny Day Family.

We hope you are inspired to create a fun and meaningful Family Dinner Book Club with your own family. Remember that we want to see pictures of your dinner.  Please share them our special Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.

You can see all the books being featured for Family Dinner Book Club in 2016.

And, join us again in March for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will feature The James Herriot’s Treasury for Children!

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. I love this concept! Very cool.

  2. What a fun concept! I can’t wait to check out the blogs of your co-hosts. Isn’t it fun to share about our favorite reads around the dinner table! We would love for you to link up this post with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup

  3. I love the idea of a family dinner book club! My kids and I started reading together from the time they were born, and we still read together all these years later! (My kids are 20, 18, and 13 now.) I still love to read about how other families enjoy books and reading together. Thanks so much for linking up with us on the Hip Homeschool Hop!

  4. I love this so much! I’ve pinned it for when I finally get my hands on this book. I love living in Malaysia, but there are definitely moments…

    Thanks for being a shining moment in my Booknificent Thursday! 🙂


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