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Conversation Starters

When your Action Book Club gathers to talk about the book you’ve chosen, use these questions—or your own—to get the conversation flowing.


  • Talk about a favorite book of yours. Why is it significant to you?
  • Did reading play an important role in your life as a child? Why or why not?
  • In the book you read, how did literacy affect the main character?
  • Why is literacy important? How does reading and writing affect your everyday life?
  • In your community, are literacy resources abundant or lacking? How does that affect those who live in your community?
  • What are some ways you can support literacy in your community? Are there populations that need additional care and support?


Is your Action Book Club group ready to choose a project to benefit your community? Be inspired by one of the activities from the list below or dream up another fitting project to make your neighborhood a better place.

Our list includes actions that directly relate to the theme “Reading All Around,” as well as actions that more generally spread kindness and build community. Tip: Don’t be afraid to start small!

Literacy-Related Activities:

  • Donate diverse books that feature children and families of color to schools, public libraries, or Little Free Libraries in your area.
  • Volunteer as a reading tutor at local schools.
  • “Book bomb” Little Free Libraries in your community with your favorite books.
  • Organize a book drive to help fill school libraries with new books.
  • Build a Little Free Library book exchange to place in your front yard.
  • Volunteer to read to shelter animals.
  • Host a Little Free Library at your local laundromat or in a community park or schoolyard (with permission).
  • Volunteer as a reading and writing tutor at an ESL learning center.
  • Do you already have a Little Free Library? Host an event at your Library, like a book swap, story time for kids, poetry reading, or community get together.

Additional Activities:

  • Donate food, money, or volunteer hours to a local food bank serving families in your area.
  • Make or buy small gifts for children in local family shelters or hospitals.
  • Organize a Meal Train for a new parent or someone struggling with illness.
  • Organize a clothing swap for kids in your area to trade their outgrown clothes.
  • Sign up to help Project Linus, which has delivered more than six million handmade blankets to kids and families in need.
  • Volunteer to do yard work, house painting, snow shoveling, and other chores for elderly members of your community or families who need an extra hand.
  • Organize a community clean-up day, when your group can pick up trash, remove graffiti, and beautify your neighborhood.
  • Paint a “kindness rock” and leave it for someone in your neighborhood to find.
  • Write thank-you notes to neighbors and businesses in your community who are making a positive impact on where you live.
  • Plant a community garden. At harvest time, invite everyone in the neighborhood to a garden party where they can meet new people, get to know each other, and take home free produce.
  • Collect new socks and donate them to a homeless shelter.
  • Provide gently used shoes to people who need them via Soles 4 Souls
  • Collect items like toiletries and stationery for care packages going to U.S. troops through Operation Shoebox.
  • Visit the Habitat for Humanity website to find out if there is a chapter in your area. Your group may be able to help build a new house for a family going through a difficult time.
  • Organize a “fun run” to raise money for your favorite cause.
  • Collect jeans for local teens experiencing homelessness.
  • Explore social justice training opportunities in your area.
  • Make “care packages” for people who are homeless and deliver them around your area. The packages could include items like bottled water, granola bars, and kind notes.
  • Attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your area by planting native flowers or by making “seed bombs” with beneficial blooms.


Do you need additional Action Book Club materials for your group?

Stickers: Print as many official, 2-inch-round stickers as you need using this sticker template. They can be made into buttons, too!

Bookmarks: Print bookmarks using this template. These bookmarks can be used in the books your club is reading, as part of your Action Book Club activity, or to encourage others to join the Action Book Club. 

Do you want to learn more about giving back? Check out these online resources.

60 Ways to Better Your Community

Start with a Book: Families and Communities

Five ways kids can serve communities

Create the Good: Ideas for Helping Your Community

Doing Good Together

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Without Walls

We Need Diverse Books


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