Two days ago (21st of December), my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday. Instead of doing the usual partee, we thought that it would be more meaningful to share this lovely occasion with her friends from Gathering Readers, the book club that we have initiated three weeks back.
We started the session with me asking the kids about their assignment (“looking at the familiar with strange eyes”) and the books that they have read during the week.
Älvi was not able to bring her book journal with her but she did bring the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And she is wearing her Gathering Readers shirt! 🙂
A gold mask is perfect for this lovely girl.
7 year old Jia Qi listening to the other kids’ stories.
Kids were a wee bit distracted by the party favors (to say the least hehe)
My ten year old enjoying herself.
Andy looks gorgeous in his hat – very kingly.
I also asked the kids to bring their favorite holiday-themed book and to share this with the rest. Sophie brought a book that her father, Ben, just brought from the United States. I failed to take note of the book’s title but it looks gorgeous.
Here is Sophie sharing her book.
Älvi grabbed this Geronimo Stilton Christmas book from the shelf – turns out she has read this before – and she shared with us some of the things that she enjoyed about the book.
Älvi flipping through the pages for some of her favorite passages.
Jia Qi was not able to choose a suitable holiday-themed book so she just shared with us some of the notes that she has taken from the book that she read during the week.
Our newest member in GatheringReaders: Licong
We also had our own version of Secret Santa. I had the kids bring a book for gift-giving (wrapped nicely of course). Then I had them draw lots – instead of putting random numbers in the pieces of paper, I wrote down characters from books we have discussed (e.g. Hugo Cabret, Ebenezer Scrooge, Big Nate, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Leslie Burke [from Bridge to Terabithia], etc) – this shall be their ‘codename.’ Then I asked them to put back the sheets of paper and draw another name – this time, they would need to give their book-present to this person with the said ‘codename.’
7 year old Madilyn and 10 year old Myka
Licong holding the book he received.
Best part of all: opening of presents!
Myka proudly sharing the book she received.
I love the look in the kids’ faces. Priceless.
We also had pizza, chips, chocolate chip cookies (which I baked), and cake for sharing. The other kids also brought in a few snacks for sharing. Yum!
Happy Birthday Myka!
Let’s eat! Kyle came in late.
I think this might just be called a ‘face-off’
Kyle with his book present.
We also watched the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Classic facial expression. This is me holding up the book in my hand.
I also read Maya Angelou’s poem Amazing Peace which has been made into a picture book.
This is Jason amusing himself. And yup, he’s wearing his Gathering Readers shirt. Good on you, Jason!
And finally, group photos!
A glorious Christmas to everyone! This book club is truly a gift to us all. Enjoy the holidays, kids!