If you don’t have the opportunity to read aloud an entire novel with your child(ren) and discuss the plot as you go, each of you can read on your own and meet for an hour at the end to discuss the book.
Together, talk through these prompts. Make it a special occasion by adding tea or another treat!
- What did you think this book would be about before you read it? Were you correct?
- Does this book or one of its characters remind you of another book or another character? Which one and why?
- What is the setting? How does it affect the story?
- What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
- What is the main message from this book? Do you agree?
- What questions would you like to ask the author?
- What would you suggest to others that would help them decide whether or not they might read it?
- If this book had a sequel, what might it be about?
- How does your faith fit in with this book? How do the author’s and character’s faiths shine through?
- What is your favorite quotation from the book?
Mrs. Marie K. MacPherson, vice president of Into Your Hands LLC, lives in Casper, Wyoming, with her husband Ryan and their children, whom she homeschools. She is a certified Classical Lutheran Educator (Consortium for Classical Lutheran Educators), author of Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood (Old Testament vol., 2018; New Testament vol., 2023), and editor of Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More (2016).