Further Resources

Book-Club Organizations   

 Association of Book Group Readers and Leaders (AGBRL) is also known as the Association of Professional Book Club Facilitators, and is an information clearinghouse for readers, individuals and book groups. P.O. Box 885 Highland Park, IL 60035. Rachel Jacobsohn, Founder/Director (E-mail: rachelj@interaccess.com).

Great Books Foundation is an organization designed to help booklovers begin their own discussion groups in schools, libraries, community centers, and private homes.

Library of Congress Center for the Book has a mission to sponsor programs that highlight their area’s literary heritage and promote the importance of literacy and libraries.

National Reading Group Month supports reading groups by promoting the love of reading and literature through nationwide events, and providing tips for enhancing book discussions.

Books about Book Clubs

  • Book Club Tips for Author Chats Blogpost, January 17, 2008, 

  • The Book Group Book: a Thoughtful Guide to Forming and Enjoying a Stimulating Book Discussion Group, edited by Ellen Slezak; (foreword by Margaret Atwood). 3rd ed. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2000. 

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Reading Group, by Patrick Sauer Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2000. 

  • Ann-Marie Contarino. "Establishing a Parish Book Discussion Group," in Catholic Library World, March 2008, p. 203-206. With supplemental materials on The Book Thief, p. 207-210. 

  • Good Books Lately: The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers, by Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2004. 

  • The Kids' Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids' Book Clubs, by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp. New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2007. 

  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club, by Shireen Dodson. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. 

  • LitLovers: Recommendations, reading guides, and book club favorites are included. 

  • The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club, by Rachel W. Jacobsohn. New York: Hyperion, 1998. 

  • Reading Group Journal: Notes in the Margin, by Martha Burns, Alice Dillon. New York: Abbeville Press, 1999. 

  • Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families, by Rita Soltan. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. 

  • Teen Book Discussion Groups @ the library, by Constance B Dickerson. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004. 

  • Reading Group Choices. A website that includes an excerpt from Rachel Jacobsohn’s The Reading Group Handbook: “Ten Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Book Club”

  • Book Clubs. A kid-centric website that includes information on starting and running a book club, and how to choose reading selections.

  • Association of Booksellers for Children. A site dedicated to growing the reach of children’s books. Membership benefits include a dedicated listserv and bimonthly e-newsletter with updates about children’s bookselling.


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