Earlier this month we announced plans to launch a reading group (for adults) where we’d discuss different children’s books every month – for the first event, on June 13th, we’ll be reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
The response has been really fantastic – and one of the most frequent questions we’ve received has been from parents, teachers and librarians across the country asking if there was any way to involve those people who wanted to come but couldn’t, because they were too far away.
Well, we’re thrilled to say that we’ve found a solution! We’re going to partner with The Guardian, who’ll host a simultaneous online discussion for everyone who’d like to take part. Michelle Pauli, Deputy Editor for The Guardian’s online books site, will be at the event in person to report back on what’s being discussed, and there’ll be space for everyone who’d like to contribute in the comments section of the Guardian page. You can read their introductory piece on the event here.
In our last update on the book group, we set some discussion points for the Wonder event – you can read these here, and find more details at The Guardian’s page for the event here. And if you’ve not read Wonder yet, you can order it from The Guardian’s bookshop here.
We hope that this means that absolutely everyone who wants to take part will be able to, wherever you are. If you have thoughts about the book, our questions, or the event itself, please do leave a comment on The Guardian’s page – we’re still experimenting with the shape of this group, and we’d like to accommodate as many people as possible!
And although all of places for the physical group for the first event are now gone, if you’d like to attend a future group, send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll add you to our mailing list.