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Resources

Once you’ve signed up for the Action Book Club, start here to find everything you need to kick off your first meeting.

  • 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.
  • Recommended reading list: Don’t miss our list of book suggestions for the current theme, Read in Color.

Looking for more book ideas? Check out the recommended reading for our previous Action Book Club themes:

Reading All Around – On the joy of reading and the power of literacy.

We Are Family – On families of all kinds and how they shape us.

Moving Forward – On growth, resilience, and well-being for all.

Come Together – On unity, equity, and understanding in a divided world.

Everyday Heroes – On acts of bravery, character, and kindness that transform our world in ways big and small.

Many Voices – On diversity, our differences, and the similarities that connect us all.

Good Neighbors – On the power of community, kindness, and taking action where you live.

 

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.

  • What is your favorite book written by an author with a different background than yours? 
  • Did you read diverse books when you were a child? Why or why not?
  • In the book you read, what did you have in common with the main character? What were your differences?
  • How did the book you read celebrate or stifle diversity and individuality?
  • Do you feel you live in an equitable community? Why or why not?
  • What are some ways you can support equity in your community? Are there populations that need additional allyship and support?

Activities

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 our mission to provide equitable book access, as well as actions that more generally spread kindness and build community. Tip: Don’t be afraid to start small!

Book-Related Activities:

  • Donate diverse books that feature children and families of color to schools, public libraries, or Little Free Libraries in your area.
  • Sign our “Read in Color Pledge” to show your commitment to reading and sharing diverse books.
  • Donate to our Read in Color fund to help bring diverse books and Little Free Libraries to underserved communities.
  • Volunteer as a reading tutor at a local school or ESL learning center.
  • Organize a book drive to help fill school libraries with new, diverse books.
  • Build a Little Free Library book exchange to place in your front yard.
  • Host a Little Free Library at your local laundromat, community park, or schoolyard (with permission).
  • 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, funds, 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.
  • Explore social justice training opportunities in your area.
  • Attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your area by planting native flowers or by making “seed bombs” with beneficial blooms.
  • 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.
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