Family Dinner Book Club this month is featuring a beloved author, Beverly Cleary. It’s extra special that we are highlighting a Cleary this year because she just turned 100 years-old. We’ve already had a family dinner book club with Runaway Ralph, so this time ,we are going to get to know Beezus and Ramona.
We have lots of ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, have great conversations 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.
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New to Family Dinner Book Club? Here is a little background… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family. On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner. Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a themed 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!
Beezus and Ramona
Beezus and Ramona has delighted generations of children. Having a little sister can be a challenge and that is just what 4-year-old Ramona is to her older sister Beezus.
Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner book club rolling. Just click on this link (Beezus and Ramona Conversation Starters) for a one-page 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. Enjoy your dinner conversation!
- Ramona had a favorite book that she loved to have read to her over and over again. What is your favorite book that you love to read or have read to you?
- Beezus had a birthday party in the story. How was her birthday like your last birthday? How was it different?
- Ramona has a very vivid imagination. What does this mean? Are you like Ramona in this area?
- Beezus gets very frustrated at times with Ramona. Have there been times when you have been frustrated with a brother or a sister? How did you handle your frustration?
- Can you love someone and still get upset with that person? Why?
- What do you think life was like for your parents when they were young?
Family Service Project
Family relationships is one of the main themes in the story. This month, place each family member’s name in a jar. Each person then pulls a name from the jar and keeps the name a secret. During the month, each person should try to do three nice things for the person he or she chose.
During dinner one night, each person gets to guess who their secret good deed person was for the past few weeks.
Table Decorations and Menu
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 June for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will feature A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins.