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What are some great book clubs online that teenagers can join? Are there any programs that I can join that involve reading to children virtually?

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi there! There are a few opportunities I can share with you that I think are great opportunities to read to children! International Rescue Committee, Cricket Together, and Bookspring are all great. They are collecting read-aloud videos for kids K-6th grade and/or have pen pal programs where you can "discuss" a book together. It's especially helpful if you speak other languages!



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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Mariah,

I think it's so awesome that you are interested in books. For me, I'd recommend goodreads.com if you're not a part of it already. For me, I've found it a source of inspiration to connect with friends which help me find books to read and enjoy. There's also a community portion of goodreads, which would fulfill the book club aspect that you're searching for.

I'm not familiar with any websites that read to children (except for the few I found via google search after I saw your question). But have you thought about starting your own youtube channel? Your question reminded me of this video that I saw a few months ago, which was one of the best things I saw on youtube, that I promptly shared w/my kids as they love Dr Seuss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqIbEHNqbPs .

Anyways, I wish you the best of luck! If you need a good reads friend to start things off, feel free to add me: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/49348142-dexter :D

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Marina’s Answer

I recommend checking with your local library about any formal or informal book clubs for your age group. Or, if you have easy access to technology, you could start your own club and pitch the idea of a virtual event where you read to younger kids to your local librarian. I think it is very comforting to be read aloud to, so Dexter's suggestion of reading aloud on YouTube or other social platform is great too.

When I was in high school, I volunteered with SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) where we read to first and second graders, so I know what joy it is to sit and read with a child. Reading with my nieces through FaceTime isn't the same as being there in person, but I still enjoy it. :)

Happy reading!
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