We started Family Dinner Book Club in 2014. That is 72 family dinners around books. Now that we are entering year 7 it’s time to celebrate.
The 2021 theme for Family Dinner Book club is…
Celebrate With Family Dinner Book Club
Each month in 2021, we will celebrate the season or a special occasion through books. Here is the month by month plan.
A Year of Celebrating with Books
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January: New Year’s Day
Our focus book is Freedom Soup by Tami Charles. Discover how a Haitian family welcomes in the new year. The book even includes a recipe.
See the New Year’s Family Dinner Book Club HERE
February: Groundhog Day
There is a groundhog in the garden in A Garden for Groundhog by Lorna Balian.
See the Groundhog Family Dinner Book Club Here
March: International Women’s Day
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison gives a glimpse of 40 different amazing women who have impacted our lives.
See the International Women’s Day Family Dinner Book Club Here
April: Earth Day
Alba & The Ocean Clean Up by Lara Hawthorne reminds us to keep plastic out of our waterways.
See the Earth Day Book Club Here
May: National Pet Month
Remembering Vera by Patricia Polacco introduces us to a very special dog who became a hero.
Books About Pets and Family Dinner Club Details
June: Summer Solstice
Usher in more sun and warmth with Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun by Deb Vanasse.
July: National Ice Cream Month
Ice Cream is enjoyed around the world. Celebrate the creamy cool treat with Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh.
August: Back to School
Head back to school with an appreciation of your name and those of your classmates in Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow.
5 Ways to Celebrate Back to School Activities
September: Grandparents’ Day
Grandparents are special people and we will celebrate them with the story My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee.
October.: Fall Harvest
Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie DePaola will help us celebrate a new season.
Fall Harvest Conversation Starters
November: Thanks and Giving Celebration
We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell reminds us to be thankful.
Printable Gratitude Activities
December: Winter Solstice
Daylight grows shorter and we celebrate that in The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper.
All About Family Dinner Book Club
Participating in Family Dinner Book Club is easy.
Each month you can expect us to send you:
- book discussion questions
- a themed dinner menu
- a hands-on activity
Sign up for our special Family Dinner Book Club email to get the links to each part of your dinner.—->Sign Up Here to Get Your Monthly Email
Then, you grab a copy of the book, read it with your family, plan a night for your dinner, and have fun.
We even have a Family Dinner Book Club page where you share a picture of your dinner with others or share on Instagram and use the hashtag #FamilyDinnerBookClub.
School and Library Connections
If you are an educator, you can even let your families know about Family Dinner Book Club. In fact, many schools and libraries host Family Dinner Book Club events.
I created a letter that you can send home with families introducing the Family Dinner Book Club and inviting families to join in 2021. Click HERE to download, print, and pass out the letter to families.
Do you need a holiday gift for a family? Grab a few or all of the books on this list, and you have the perfect holiday gift!
Let’s celebrate. Don’t forget to print out the book list HERE.
Jaimie F. says
Hi there! I love your site and ideas. I’m sharing with my preschool students and their families! I wish I had found this site when my own children could have benefitted from them. Do you have any suggestions for family book club geared toward tweens and/or teens? Thanks in advance!
Jodie Rodriguez says
I’m not aware of a resource for older students.
The list looks Wonderful. At what afe would you start this Program. I am thinking it would nake a good grandma activity. 🙂
Jodie Rodriguez says
Oh yes, it would be an excellent grandma activity. It is easily adapted to all ages. But, it is geared toward ages 4-8.
Mary Gleghorn says
Hi Jodie! This is a terrific idea! I am a retired Special educator and administtrator! Such a great idea on so many levels.
Tried to print out the list of books for the family Book Club and the link takes me to the parent letter only.
What am I doing incorrectly?
Jodie Rodriguez says
Hi Mary! Thank you so much. The booklist can be found within the family letter. Hope that helps.