Family Read Aloud Book Club

Jordan Glen Chapter

Club Sponsor: Gowri

JG FRABC’s first official get together and discussion

JG FRABC’s first official get together and discussion

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What is JG’s Family Read Aloud Book Club?

JG FRABC is a club where parents/adults read a book to their children at home, and when families finish reading the book, the Club meets as a group (about once every six weeks).

Why participate?

This book club promotes the love of literature and literacy while fostering family bonding, and the format is easy and fun.

What happens at the meeting when we finish reading the book?

After completing the book, families first meet in the Jordan Glen orchard where they have a light snack and draw a picture of their favorite part of the book, or a part that left an impression. Meanwhile the adults sit and discuss the book as well, and then decide on the next title to read. Then the group changes settings and moves into the Big Room where children share their drawings and engage in a discussion, led by one of the older children, about the book.

How did the program originate?

The Family Read Aloud Book Club was founded by literacy specialist, Maryann Rupcich, in Springfield, Illinois. The program uses a simple format that has been successfully used and enjoyed around the world.


2019-20 Schedule of Books & Meetings:

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:00pm

    • Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:00pm @ JG

    • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan


2018-19 Schedule of Books & Meetings:


  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30pm @ Satchel’s Pizza, 1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

    • Skellig by David Almond (for the more mature readers)

    • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (for our junior readers)

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5:00pm

    • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

  • * New Date * Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:00pm

    • The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

  • * New Date * Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:00pm

    • Picture Book: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

    • Chapter Book: The Adventures of The South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

  • Meeting Date : Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5:00pm

    • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

  • Meeting Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

  • Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

(We are open to all suggestions. Come to a book club meeting to add to our list!)

Reading List Possibilities :

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis /

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Matilda by Roald Dahl

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginnings by Lemony Sniket

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Resources and Inspirational Quotes

Reading is one of the best ways to develop deep attachments with one’s children. Scholastic suggests parents/guardians scheduling reading sessions daily and use the moments to enrich their relationships with their children and build vocabularies.
A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade.
— Jim Trelease, author of the respected Read-Aloud Handbook
Children fall in love with books because of the memories created when they snuggle up and read with someone they love.