Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs!
- Tackle the fun reading challenges
- Set up a book club with your friends
- Host award ceremonies and parties
- Make up games and quizzes based on your favourite books
Plus space for book reviews, reading lists and so much more.
Hi, and thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog to share my hope for The Book Dragon Club.
As an author and a mum, I frequently hear cries for help from parents of reluctant readers, or children that have got stuck reading one genre or one author. When I worked for a children’s charity, I remember a young girl in one of my reading groups who was an amazing reader but would resist reading anything other than one particular picture book. She wasn’t even reading it, she was reciting it from memory.
It is tricky, I agree. One of my pet hates is the school reading record. I know it’s a tool to encourage children to read daily, but I believe it can send the wrong message, particularly to children who may be struggling with their reading as it risks turning it into a competition (how many lines/ pages of your reading record have you done), and encourages speed over understanding. Reading is not about speed, it’s about opening the world.
I always do the Goodreads reading challenge, but it frustrates me that it is purely number focused. I much prefer the quirkier challenges set in my book clubs, like “read a book with a pun in the title.”
As a result, there is no reading record in The Book Dragon Club. Instead, there are lots of fun reading challenges and activities, some that can be done on your own, others that you need to do with friends or family (over lockdown I was thrilled to hear of kids doing their clubs over Zoom). Together, the activities aim to inspire children to think beyond the simple “tick-in-a-box” on a reading record.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, we’re book DRAGONS, because who wants to be a WORM?!
Thank you, Lexi Rees and Rachel’s Random Resources
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.
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