Summer-Long Book Discussion for Kids

This summer kids ages 8-12 are participating in a unique and ongoing virtual book discussion with other kids in the area. The group is reading Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, a touching novel about a boy and his fox. The book club is conducted online using a video discussion platform called Flipgrid.

It’s not too late for your kids to read the book and join the discussion! The program runs from June 1-July 23 and kids advance through the book and reading prompts at their own pace. Registration is required by calling 423-434-4458.

The video platform we’re using, Flipgrid, was designed for classroom use, so it’s very secure and user-friendly. Because kids answer discussion questions by making videos, your computer has to have a webcam to use Flipgrid.

JCPL School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson moderates the online group; she monitors everyone’s progress and approves every video and response before it can be viewed by the rest of the group.

In Flipgrid, kids will find book discussion prompts and corresponding extension activities. The discussion questions are divided into categories: before, during, and after reading the book. Kids answer the questions in videos that the other kids watch and can respond to with their own videos. Stickers and frames can be added to videos, so kids can get extra creative!

If you need a copy of the book, borrow a hard copy or find ebook and audiobook copies on hoopla and R.E.A.D.S.

This virtual discussion group is part of your Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! Click here to learn more about Summer Reading and join the challenge. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for daily updates on Library collections, services, and events.


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