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Chapter & Verse is a national book club for members of Children's Literature Network and other children's literature enthusiasts in their communities who wish to discuss children's and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry.

These clubs can take place at independent bookstores or public libraries, or a meeting space of your choice.

Read summaries of our recently discussed books.

CURRENT CHAPTERS:

COLORADO
Hearthfire Books
1254 Bergen Parkway
Evergreen, Colorado
303-670-4549
Meets 7:00-8:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS
Stevens Mem. Library
345 Main Street
N. Andover, MA 01845
978-688-9505

MINNESOTA
Douglas Co Library
720 Fillmore
Alexandria MN 56308
320-762-3014
Meets 6:30-8:00 pm

Bookstore at Fitger's
600 E Superior St
Duluth, Minnesota
218-727-9077
Meets 6:30-8:00 pm

Great River Library
1300 W St Germain
St Cloud MN 56301
320-650-2500
Meets 6:30-8:00 pm

Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
651-224-8320
Meets 6:30-8:00 pm

Bookcase of Wayzata
607 E Lake Street
Wayzata, Minnesota
952-471-8341
Meets 7:00-8:30 pm

OHIO
Paragraphs Bookstore
229 South Main St
Mt Vernon, OH 43050
740-392-9290

VERMONT
Flying Pig Bookstore
5247 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, Vermont
802-985-3999
Meets 6:30-8:00 pm

WISCONSIN
Redbery Books
43455 Kavanaugh Rd
715-798-5014
Cable, Wisconsin
meets 3rd Wed of mo
Meets 4:30-6:00 pm

Let CLN know that you are beginning your own chapter so we can supply you with information before your meetings.

Then, take a photo or a video during your book club, send us a caption, and let us know what your chapter thought about the books: we'll post them on these pages about Chapter & Verse.

 
Chapter & Verse

Chapter & Verse currently has seven editions, each co-sponsored by the hosting location and Children's Literature Network. Locations and meeting times can be found in the list in the left column. Discounts are available to book club members at each store. If a contact name is listed, please send that person an e-mail so enough chairs are reserved.

Join us! This is one of the best book clubs in which you'll ever take part. Friendly, welcoming ... and we all love to read books written for children and teens. There's always room in the circle for another book club member.

Click here for full details about each store.

16 January 2014: Chapter & Verse,
a book club for adults discussing children's lit

This year, the ALA Midwinter Meeting is at the end of the January. We'll have time to hold our Mock Award Discussions before the Awards are announced. In February, we'll hold our post-Award discussion.

We read three books for each discussion but feel free to bring a list of other books you feel are likely to receive an award or honor. The books are listed below.

16 January 2014
Newbery Printz Caldecott
Al Capone Does My Homework   Winger   Doug Unplugged
  Flora & Ulysses   Out of the Easy   On a Beam of Light
  Year of Billy Miller   Eleanor & Park   Bluebird
20 February 2014: Chapter & Verse,
a book club for adults discussing children's lit

Which books won the ALA/ALSC Awards in January?

This is our month to discuss the books that received Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, King, and Belpre awards and honors. You'll find the award results on the CLN home page when they're announced on January 27th.

You can review those lists and bring your thoughts to our discussion on this book club night. Why might these particular winners have been chosen? Which books were missed?

20 March 2014
  Garden of My Imaan
  Big Red Lollipop
20 March 2014: Chapter & Verse,
a book club for adults discussing children's lit

The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia; Big Red Lollipop by Ruhksana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

We'll discuss a novel about choices for a fifth-grade Muslim girl who has all the typical worries about popularity and boys and grades, as well as family traditions and expectations. For our picture book, we'll read Big Red Lollipop, a picture book about cultural differences and similarities.

Bring your own recommendations for good books about Muslim children's lives in America.

17 April 2014
What the Heart Knows
  Gone Fishing
17 April 2014: Chapter & Verse,
a book club for adults discussing children's lit

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski; Gone Fishing: a novel by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

It's natural poetry month, so we've chosen a book of related poems by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski and a verse novel by Tamera Will Wissinger.

Bring your own recommendations for your favorite book of poetry to share with children in elementary school, middle school, or high school.

AT EACH LOCATION

Bookcase of Wayzata, Wayzata, MN
607 East Lake Street, Wayzata, MN, 952-471-8341
Vicki Palmquist leads this book club from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. During our last half-hour, please bring the children's or teen book you are currently reading. If you'd like to join us, please reserve a chair by . At 8:30, feel free to look around the store, taking advantage of the 25% discount on your entire purchase offered to book club participants between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on the evening of the book club.

The Bookstore at Fitger's, Duluth, MN
600 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN, 218-727-9077
Author Linda Glaser leads this book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please call The Bookstore at Fitger's to have them save you a chair. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to other book club members.

Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN
720 Fillmore, Alexandria, MN 56308 320-762-3014
Viking Library System's Gail Nordstrom is the facilitator for this book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to other book club members.

The Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, VT
5247 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482, 802-985-3999
Proprietor and author Elizabeth Bluemle leads this book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to other book club members. The Flying Pig offers a 20% discount on book club books to book club members.

Great River Library, Saint Cloud, MN
1300 2 St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56301 320-650-2500
St. Cloud State professor Marcia Thompson is the facilitator for this book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to other book club members.

Hearthfire Books, Evergreen, CO
1254 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO 80439, 303-670-4549
Author Cari Meister and proprietor Kappy Kling lead the Colorado Chapter & Verse from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you'd recommend to fellow book club members. HearthFire Books offers a 10% discount on book club books to book club members.

Paragraphs Bookstore, Mount Vernon, OH
229 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, 740.392.9290
Store Manager Lois Hanson, facilitates this book club on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please contact the store to let them know you'll be attending Chapter & Verse. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club. 15% off Book Club selections.

The Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN
891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 651-224-8320
Heidi Hammond and Natasha Thorager lead this book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you'd like to join us, please reserve a chair by contacting The Red Balloon. Book club books are available to book club members at a 20% discount. Each month, book club members are eligible to win one copy of each book club book to be discussed the following month. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club.

Redbery Books, Cable, WI
42785 Hwy 63, PO Box 460, Cable, WI, 715-798-5014
Proprietor Bev Bauer, a former media specialist, leads this book club on the third Wednesday of each month, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Please contact the store to let them know you'll be attending Chapter & Verse. For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club. 10% off your purchase on the day of the Book Club.

Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover, MA
345 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845, 978-688-9505
Co-moderators Anne Broyles, children's book author, and Marina Salenikas, children's librarian, welcome you to join them on the third Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please let Anne Broyles know to expect you (so they can plan the right gathering space). If you have questions, Anne will be happy to answer them.

 
         

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