Last year we focused on kids making a difference, the year before that was all about character strengths and the year before that we traveled the world through books. This year, we are going to focus on books throughout the decades that have also been turned into movies.
About Our Theme This Year
Each month we will read a book from a different decade and watch the movie variation of the book too. This creates a wonderful conversation starter to compare and contrast the book with the movie. A few of the picks are old Family Dinner Book Club favorites that will be revisiting, but most are new to the FDBC line-up. Also, most are chapter books with the exception of a few.
We want you and the families that you work with to join us.
What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth will share a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family will share an activity.
- And, I will share a book list that compliments the themes plus conversation starters and a family service project idea.
Books for 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!
School and Library Connections
I created a letter that you can send home with families introducing the Family Dinner Book Club and inviting families to join in 2020. Click HERE to download, print, and pass out the letter to families.
Family Dinner Book Club Line-Up
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They say the book is always better than the movie and I’ll think you’ll find that to be the case in this list too. But, I love to watch the movie version of a book after reading the book first. It’s great to talk about how moviemakers interpret the books.
The Wizard of Ozby Frank L. Baum kicks off our Family Dinner Book Club. Follow the yellow brick road as Dorothy ventures from Kansas to munchkin land. After enjoying the book, settle in for the movie.
See the activities here: Wizard of Oz Game
See the menu here: Yellow Brick Road Menu
We’ve all read E.B. White’s, Charlotte’s Web but have you read Stuart Little by E.B. White? Meet the little guy in the story and then again in the movie. Which will the kids like better- book or movie?
It was hard to pick a Beverly Cleary story because they are all so good. But, to go with one that was turned into a movie, we chose Beezus and Ramona. The movie version is called Ramona and Beezus and let’s just say that it is loosely based on the book.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is the story of Hiccup who has to pass the test of catching and training a dragon. Can he succeed? There are several books in the series if you enjoy the first one. You’ll also want to watch How to Train Your Dragon movie.
Choose to read the chapter book Wonder by R.J. Palacio or the picture book version, We’re All Wonders. The books are a beautiful message of being kind. After reading, compare and contrast with the Wonder movie.
Printable Book List of Books Through the Decades
Grab a printable book schedule and the conversations starters to use each month to hang on the fridge or tuck in your lesson plan book.
All of the fun begins on January 1, 2020. We will have your themed menu, easy activity, conversation starters, and family service project ready on the first. Join our Family Dinner Book Club email notifications to learn when new book clubs are released each month.—>SIGN UP FOR FREE HERE.
Plus, you can follow along and get more ideas at our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook Page where families share pictures of their dinners and we share bonus resources.