Action Book Clubs across the country are combining reading with community service—and having fun along the way! In this series, we’re highlighting some of our favorite reading groups. To find out how you can start an Action Book Club of your own visit the program’s web page.

Action Book Club Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Good Read: A Whale in Paris by Claire Polders and Daniel Presley
Good Deed:
Making bookmarks for veterans

When this sixth-grade Action Book Club read A Whale in Paris, which takes place during World War II, they decided they wanted to make something special for veterans.

“They created lovely bookmarks and cards which I dropped off at a local Seniors Centre (with the site’s permission),” says club organizer Kerry Schwenneker. “I was told that after quarantining the creations, they were given out to seniors. Due to COVID-19 they were extra happy to be remembered and honoured. Win-win for students and seniors!” 

Before the pandemic, the students also ran a book sale (pictured above), with money raised going to their sister school in Nicaragua to help purchase school supplies.

Although this club has gone virtual since April, Kerry says they “would love to plan something for the up-coming school year as well!”

Thank you for sharing your story, Kerry and crew! Do have an Action Book Club story to share? Submit it here!

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