Homeschool Book Club

The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club is a book club for homeschooled kids. 

There is interest in starting a new group for younger children, but a leader is needed. 

This year (2016-2017)  we have a group of middle school students that meet occasionally at the DLC.
 Book club members are requested to make a donation of $2-$5 per club visit for meetings held at the DLC.
Book club members who are DLC supporting members attend for free.   Contact:
santacruzhomeschoolbookclubatgmaildotcom for more information.

Bibliophiles:  Our Favorite 2014-15  Activities

Our first meeting of the year is traditionally held at Henry Cowell State Park.  Since we'd run out of books to read about the Redwoods, we selected a book with an environmental theme, Hoot.    Since pancakes are important to the plot, the kids brought the ingredients for their favorite pancake recipes or created some of those from the book (Key Lime and Licorice). We cooked on a camp stove and sampled then sat by the river to discuss the book.  In February we read  Escape From Mr.  Lemoncello's Library.  Every child in the club liked this book!  We met at the Downtown Library to play our own version of the game in the book.  Many of the kids were inspired to make their own games which we had fun playing over lunch.  In March we had a very special visitor, Newberry Award winning author Paul Fleischman, who talked to us about his book, Seedfolks.   We ended our year doing a reader's theater version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.  

Bibliophiles projects:
Here are some of the projects we've done:
Bibliophiles reading lists: * indicates 12 thumbs up - great reading for kids and parents


 Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines  Paul Fleischman
 Book Scavenger * Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
 A Wrinkle in Time *  Madeleine L'Engle
 Brown Girl Dreaming * Jacqueline Woodson
 Calamity Jack and Rapunzel's Revenge * Shannon Hale
 One Crazy Summer *
 Rita Williams-Garcia
 A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court Mark Twain
 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
 Leondardo's Shadow Christopher Grey


Hoot * Carl Hiaasan
The Phantom Tollbooth * Norton Juster
 The Witch of Blackbird Pond  Elizabeth George Speare
 Wonderstruck * Brian Selznick
 Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library* Chris Grabenstein
 Seedfolks Paul Fleischman
 The Trumpet of The Swan E.B. White
Shakespeare's Secret and Much Ado About Nothing
 Elise Broach, William Shakespeare

The Once and Future King T.H.White
Airborn Kenneth Oppel
Homecoming* Cynthia Voigt
Hatchet* Gary Paulsen
Interstellar Pig William Sleator
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park
The Wee Free Men* Terry Pratchett
Redwall Brian Jacques
Out of my Mind* Sharon M. Draper

The full oevre Diana Wynne Jones
My Side of the Mountain* Jean Craighead George
Larklight Philip Reeve
The Conch Bearer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate* Jacqueline Kelly
Watership Down* Richard Adams
The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau
The Case of the Deadly Desperados Carolyn Lawrence
 Wonder*  R.J. Palacio
 By the Great Horn Spoon  Sid Fleischman

Operation Redwood S. Terrell French
The Invention of Hugo Cabret* Brian Selznick
Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart
Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place/The Mysterious Howling Maryrose Wood
Holes Louis Sachar
The Seeing Stone Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kildee House** Rutherford G. Montgomery
Thimble Summer Elizabeth Enright
Harry Potter series* J.K.Rowling

The Dragonling Jackie French Koller
The Pushcart War* Jean Merrill
The Phantom Tollbooth* Norton Juster
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
The Castle in the Attic Elizabeth Winthrop
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell
Gone-Away Lake* Elizabeth Enright

 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH  Robert C. O'Brien
 Lionboy  Zizou Corder
 Kildee House*  Rutherford G. Montgomery
 Caddie Woodlawn*  Carol Ryrie Brink
 The Stories Julian Tells  Ann Cameron
 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle  Avi
 Farmer Boy  Laura Ingalls Wilder
 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler**  E.L.Konigsburg
 The Great Brain  John Dennis Fitzgerald
 Where the Sidewalk Ends  Shel Silverstein

Bookworms Reading List 2015-2016

Operation Redwood         
 Tales of Olga da Polga  
 Betsy Tacy 
 The Indian in the Cupboard 

Bookworms Reading List 2014-2015
 Redwoods     Jason Chin
 The Secret Garden     Frances Hodgson Burnett
 Frindle     Andrew Clements
 All-of-a-Kind Family Sydney Taylor
 Weslandia Paul Fleischman
 Trumpet of the Swan E. B. White
 How to Train Your Dragon Cressida Cowell

Bookworms Reading List 2013-2014

Kildee House  Rutherford G. Montgomery
 James And The Giant Peach  Roald Dahl
 From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  E.L.Konigsburg
 Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo
 Caddie Woodlawn Carol Ryrie Brink
 Vincent Shadow Toy Inventor Tim Kehoe
 The Wright Three Blue Balliett
 Redwall Brian Jacques

Bookworms Authors 2012-2013

 September Loretta Halter   A Voice For The Redwoods
 October Janet Stevens 
Susan Stevens Crummel
 November      Rosemary Wells
 December      Jan Brett
 January   Robert Munsch
 February  Kevin Henkes
 March      Patricia Polacco
 April      Mo Willems
 May      Leo Lionni
 June      Susan Meddaugh
 August  Charles Schulz

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