So, when I find a Twitter chat that is in a form of a YA book club offered by two awesome ladies named Jennifer, you just know I'm going to be all about it!
The #2jennsbookclub is a virtual book club for people who love young adult literature. It is the the great idea of both Jennifer LaGarde @jenniferlagarde and Jennifer Northrup @candidlibrarian and is now in its sixth season!
The #2jennsbookclub is simple, really. Everyone can join and to participate all you have to do is read some pretty awesome YA books and then talk about those great reads on Twitter using the hashtag #2jennsbookclub. It's that simple! Oh, but wait, there's so much more! Let me tell you why I love the #2jennsbookclub and why you should too.
1. Great YA Reads
I mean, need I say more? We're reading the latest, greatest YA books! First, we get to recommend the great books to read for the upcoming season. Then we get to read the fabulous books picked for the season. Anytime I'm wondering what should be my next read, I look to the #2jennsbookclub list, both the recommendations AND the chosen books to read for the season. I mean, if they were worthy of recommendation or to be picked for the book club then they are definitely books I want to read.
2. My PLN of educator grows
After every #2jennsbookclub chat on Twitter I always come away with some new friends to add to my network of educators. I have virtually met and added librarians, ELA teachers, and simply readers and lovers of YA from across the U.S. to my personal learning network and that alone is pretty awesome!
3. The thought-provoking questions (My favorite reason of all!)
Just join one #2jennsbookclub Twitter chat and you'll know what I'm talking about when it comes to the questions. Of course, we all talk about and share how much we loved the book and what characters and scenes really stood out and stuck with us. However, what I really love about the questions is how they are always connected to teaching or librarian-ing (Yes, that is an official word). The thoughts and ideas that came to mind while reading the books, the two Jenns always seem to find a way to connect it all back to how I can apply it all to my time and interaction with my students. And that, to me, is invaluable and means so much more than anything else. It's reflective reading!
The last book read and discussed was The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater and below is one of the questions posed in the book club Twitter chat.
Of course I thought of my students as I read the book but the questions posed after my reading made me really think about how to apply what I read to what I hope to do daily for my students and how to do it better.
The second part of that question is something I truly believe that we should tell students and remind them of it with every book we read and share. One of the most important reasons we read fiction is to build compassion and empathy. Reading books about people living lives or going through experiences completely different than what we know in our daily life gives us a glimpse into someone else's struggle or triumph and we can always learn a little something from that.
Although I tried with this blog post, I cannot express enough how much I love the #2jennsbookclub. I look forward to every season by recommending books to be picked for the season. If it's a book I've already read I think about it much more critically knowing I'm going to be asked an interesting and thought provoking question to connect to my students or my librarian life.
I highly recommend you join the #2jennsbookclub. You can see the books being read for the current season and the dates they will be discussed here: https://www.2jennsbookclub.com/events
Maybe you've read and loved a great YA book. Recommend those books for the next season! Or read all the recommendations given. Then, join the Twitter chat and discuss. At the very least, you will have read some great books and that is always a WIN!