Activity Books, Book Review

The Book Dragon Club by Lexi Rees

The Book Dragon Club is a fun and engaging guide to running your own children’s book club bursting with challenges, lists, space for drawing and all the membership cards, bookmarks and details you need for a fantastic club! It may be used by parents, teachers, or even children themselves to organise a series of exciting, creative activities for young book lovers. Suitable for the entire primary school age range, there is something for everyone.

At school, The Book Dragon Club has so many uses. It could inspire whole class reading lessons, smaller group sessions or tasks for individual children. It could be used alongside a class book with children or groups taking on different tasks, prompting rich discussion. It could also be used as the foundation of a children’s book club run by an adult or the children themselves. There is enough guidance in the book to allow children to organise their membership cards, choose activities and have fantastic discussions about the books they love to read.  It is sure to inspire some amazing reading displays with children’s responses to the prompts, showcasing everyone’s favourite books.

At home, The Book Dragon Club is a great extension to reading and a super alternative to screen time. Keen readers will love keeping a record of the different types of books they’ve read and reflecting on their favourites over the years. Reluctant readers will enjoy the unique approaches to book challenges and may just find that spark that draws them into a greater range of books.

During lockdown, we have been using the activities at home. My own children are 10, 10 & 12. They all love reading and really enjoyed the wide variety of bookish activities on offer. They said that The Book Dragon Club has helped them to think about books in new ways, from different angles. It has helped keep their reading going at home with fun challenges and different things to try each week.

Favourite pages:

  • Book Battles (Book vs Movie) – They enjoyed thinking about books that have been made into movies and making comparisons.
  • The Adventurer Challenge – It was interesting trying to read books set in different places (snowy, desert, water, your own country etc). It was fun to read around the world.
  • Book Recommendations – Often their friends (or mum) will recommend great books to read. They like having somewhere to record those recommendations.
  • Planning a Book Party – A party is always fun and what could be better than a party with your favourite book characters?!

My children think The Book Dragon Club is great for a range of ages and abilities. They noticed that there wasn’t a lot of detail on each page making the tasks really open-ended. Everyone can work at their own level and enjoy the tasks in their own way. Younger children might need more support from an adult but it would be fun to do together.  

They really liked the idea of creating their own book club with their friends. It would be fun to do at lunchtime at school, after school or through a group like Brownies. They have saved all the membership cards and club details to use with their friends when they are finally back together again.

We really recommend this journal style book for parents and teachers who want to inspire the little readers in their life and encourage broader reading experiences. It gently pushes children away from any repetitive, safe reading and helps them to discover the whole world of books that is waiting for them.

About the author:

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

You can visit her website here.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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