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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Tips for Reluctant Readers

Tip #35: Lights, Camera, Action!

Kitty Felde

Actress Jo Mei

Actress Jo Mei

It happens so often: when we ask kids their favorite books, they name the ones that have been made into movies. And then they happily debate which version is better.

YouTube is as much a part of their culture as the library. So why not use the power of film to glamorize reading and books?

Tracy King, who teaches 4th grade at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles, suggests adding a bit of Hollywood to the traditional book report. Tracy's idea: promise your young readers that once they've finished the book, you'll help them film a "book commercial" to send to family and friends. We'll even post them on our Book Club for Kids website!

With a smartphone and free video editing software, it's really not that difficult to turn your kitchen table into a film studio. In fact, Edutopia (funded by a fellow who knows something about film: George Lucas) has an entire page of resources to help you and your budding star get started.

If you do film a book review, please share it with us at Book Club for Kids! We'll be delighted to include it on our website, particularly if your reader tackles one of the books on our Books We Love page.

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