Reading! It's what we do here at The Center! But, so many kids are reluctant to read on their own. I mean, who wants to turn off a video game or movie (I mean, isn't this based on a book anyways?!) to sit and stare at a bunch of words on page, and especially once the pictures are gone, there's nothing to look forward to. (sigh)
WVDC is excited to launch a Book Club for kids 9-12 years old, who may not be interested in reading on their own, to join a small group of kids in a social environment for book talks, activities, and snacks.
We will be featuring a range of books from award winning titles, to favorite Authors, to historical fiction, and graphic novels.
Be on the look-out for a new book every 6 weeks. Wednesday's @ 6:00pm Join when you can. Make new friends, discover new worlds.
If you want to sign up, visit the link at the top of the page and select the package for the month you would like to join.
Space is limited to 6 kids.
Send us a message if you would like to be on a waiting list or would like to see new days added.
Best For: Kids ages 8 – 12.
You’ll Like It If You Like: Quirky, globe-trotting, puzzle-filled adventure stories featuring super-smart siblings.
Major Themes: Family, problem-solving, good vs. evil, global perspective, cooperation, and self-reliance.
What It’s About: Samantha’s Uncle Paul unexpectedly disappears. Even more mysterious is that he leaves Samantha and her siblings wildly different gifts: Samantha’s sister receives $2.4 billion, her brother Nipper gets the New York Yankees, and Samantha is gifted a beat-up umbrella. To her surprise, Samantha and Nipper discover a strange-looking map on the underside of the umbrella, which they hope will lead them to Uncle Paul.
Of course, it’s not that simple. Samantha must decipher the map’s clues, starting with how to get in and out of the secret travel stations, as well as solve puzzles at each location. Even worse, she and Nipper are attacked almost immediately by ninjas at their first stop in Paris. Luckily, they successfully defend themselves using a day-old baguette. (Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds.) The map leads them to super cool travel methods, including a speedy magnetic train, a water slide, and a wind tunnel. But will the kids stay ahead of the ninjas long enough to find out what happened to Uncle Paul?
Why We Picked It: Not only is Samantha Spinner a fun-filled, action-packed global mystery, but readers also get to solve puzzles as they read along. Add in two likable siblings, stinky villains, wild escapades, and chapters about historical landmarks and treasures like the Hope Diamond and the Louvre, and you’ve got a book that’s hard to put down.
April 1, 2020
Best For: Kids ages 8 to 12.
You’ll Like It If You Like: Stories that feature loving families and independent, tech-free play. Readers often liken the closely bonded Penderwick sisters to Little Women’s March sisters but the story is also reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables as each Penderwick sister has a memorable personality.
Major Themes: Friendship, growing-up, family.
What It’s About: The Penderwick sisters, their widowed botanist father, and their dog, Hound, rent a lovely cottage on the Arundel estate for a three-week summer vacation. Each of the girls has their own distinctive personality: 12-year-old Rosalind is the responsible older sister who misses their mom and watches over her younger siblings, 11-year-old Skye is an organizer who loves learning math but whose temper gets her into trouble, 10-year-old Jane loves books and writes the creative Sabrina Starr adventures, and 4-year-old Batty is an animal-loving explorer who always wears butterfly wings.
The girls become good friends with a boy named Jeffrey who lives on the estate. Most days the sisters and Jeffrey explore and take part in technology-free activities like bow and arrows, visiting the gardener’s pet rabbits, baking cookies, playing soccer, or catching lightening bugs. When Jeffrey, Skye, and Jane accidentally crash their soccer game into Jeffrey’s mother’s fancy Garden Club party, their shared fun abruptly ends. Disapproving of the Penderwicks’ influence, Mrs. Tifton decides to send Jeffrey away to military school. This prompts Jeffrey to run away. The girls hide Jeffrey for a night but he’s found the next day and returned to his mother. Just as the Penderwicks are leaving Arundel, Jeffrey meets their car with some good news and a good-bye … for now.
Why We Picked It: It’s refreshing to read about a family who loves each other deeply and kids who entertain themselves without technology. Each book in the series is quite wonderful, which is why we’re excited about the May 15, 2018 release of the final book in the series, The Penderwicks at Last (also available in audiobook format).
May 13, 2020