Boys book club fosters real readers

Big readers: Isaac Shem (left), Anthony Barca and Gautum Mohanathasan with teacher-librarian Caroline Parosi.

Big readers: Isaac Shem (left), Anthony Barca and Gautum Mohanathasan with teacher-librarian Caroline Parosi.

A book club just for boys at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South is inspiring a love of reading.

Eleven Years 5 and 6 students have been swapping the playground for the library each Wednesday lunchtime to discuss books in the Stuff Happens series targeted at boys.  The series of 12 fiction stories explores feelings and emotions in an entertaining way and focuses on everyday challenges at school, home and in sport.

The first person narration and use of humour particularly appealed to the book club boys, some of whom had previously been reluctant readers.

Over lunch, the students discussed the book they had read and shared reviews they had written to help each other decide which book to read next.  At the end they gave each book a rating out of four stars and chose their next read.

“The boys liked that the book club was exclusive to them.

– Teacher-librarian Caroline Parosi
Boys Book Club at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary Auburn South

Boys Book Club at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary Auburn South

Club member Gautum Mohanathasan, said it was really fun to come together for the first time to talk about books.

Fellow member Anthony Barca enjoyed everyone sharing what they thought about the books as it made him want to read more.

Isaac Shem found the books really entertaining and funny and the reviews helped him to decide what he wanted to read next.

Teacher-librarian Caroline Parosi said the boys liked that the book club was exclusive to them.

She said they learnt to write a review without giving away too much information, such as the ending!

“It was great to see them enjoy reading simply for reading, and being so excited, eager and enthusiastic about reading.”

 

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