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Bookworms Book Club

Join Farmer Ivy for a kids-only book club! Each month, the youngest Arcadians, grades 3 through 6, will read a pre-selected book that focuses on nature, the environment, or agriculture, and then gather together every week to discuss what they like and learn!

Bookworms will meet virtually over Zoom on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM-4:40 PM. Bookworms book club will be a fun way for kids to take a break and connect to other kiddos with similar interests from around the region!

Chapters will be assigned to read before each weekly meetup. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to read before our first meeting! Once you register your child will have access to that month’s Zoom meetings and online media.

Register for Bookworms Book Club by clicking HERE

Fees: $10 for one month per participant. Arcadia is unable to provide books to participants, but please see sources below for purchasing or borrowing reading materials!

Maximum: 12 Bookworms per month. If slots are filled, we encourage you to sign up with us for the following month! (In order to have a fun discussion group, we need a minimum of 4 participants for each month! If we don’t have enough registrants for a certain month, then you will be notified and fully refunded. )

Are you ready to get started?! First, sign up for the Bookworms Book Club, then get the book for your month. Here are some ways to purchase or borrow books. Don’t forget: please have your book before your first meeting!

Pick up your book from your local library!

Support your local bookstore!

What are some other sustainable ways to read?

 

Books of the Month

October: (Meetings: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27)

  • Title: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • Genre: Fiction. Fans of Roald Dahl books will enjoy Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Magical realism, mystery, family, friends, overcoming hardship, animals, humor, culture.
  • Description: Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they've inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse.... And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Told in letters to Sophie's deceased abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens  is a quirky, clucky classic in the making.
  • Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22926534-unusual-chickens-for-the-exceptional-poultry-farmer

 

November: (Meetings: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24)

  • Title: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Genre: Fiction (realistic). Animals, environment, social action, humor, perseverance, contemporary, standing up for what you believe in.
  • Description: Everybody loves Mother Paula's pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls' fate cemented in pancake batter? This Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times bestseller is a beloved modern classic. Hoot features a new kid and his new bully, alligators, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes.
  • Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13083.Hoot?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=icLX9sYX33&rank=1

 

December: (Meetings 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/29 (no book club on 12/22))

  • Title: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Themes: Fiction (realistic). Migrant workers, culture, traditions, coming of age, contemporary, family, supporting others.
  • Description: Summer knows that kouun means “good luck" in Japanese, and this year her family has had none. Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan, right before harvest season leaving Summer and her little brother, Jaz, in the care of their elderly grandparents, Obaachan and Jiichan. Obaachan and Jiichan are old fashioned, very demanding, and easily disappointed. Between helping Obaachan cook for the workers and with all the other chores, and worrying about her little brother, who can't seem to make any friends, Summer has her hands full. But when a welcome distraction turns into a big mess, causing further disappointment, Summer realises she must try and make her own luck as it might be the only way to save her family.
  • Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8559036-the-thing-about-luck

 

January: Book is TBD-- check back to see what we pick!

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Ivy at ivy@arcadiafood.org! 

Chat soon, 'Worms!

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