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How do I have a children's book discussion?

The Pioneer Library System makes holding a book discussion as easy as checking out a kit! All you have to do is gather the friends and open the book. We do the all the rest for you!

PLS maintains multiple Discussion Kits for children that include at least 8 copies of the book, discussion questions, bookmarks, information about the author/actors, and fun activities to get children involved in the story and theme.  We even have discussion kits with movies!

So, if you or your children are interested in reading an great book with friends, Pioneer Library System has a kit that will bring the story alive.

To reserve a kit please place a hold in the catalog.

Book and Movie Discussion Kits

Each kit contains: Multiples Copies of the Books, One Copy of the Movie, Bookmarks, Discussion Questions on the Book, Author Information, Author’s Others Works, Information on the Movie, Actor/Actresses Information, Theme-Related Games/Activities.

book jacket for Because of Winn Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.


book jacket for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

Charlie and five others draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy factory that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world.


book jacket for Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.


book jacket for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.


book jacket for The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant: a story in five nights
by Ted Hughes

A giant robot from outer space lands on Earth and frightens a small town in Maine. The robot befriends a young boy and wins its humanity by saving the townspeople from their own fears and prejudices. The fearsome iron giant becomes a hero when he challenges a huge space monster.


book jacket for Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
by P.L. Travers

An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.


book jacket for Polar Express
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.


book jacket for Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help Dorothy return home to Kansas.


Book Discussion Kits

Each kit contains: Multiples Copies of the Book, Discussion Questions, Bookmarks, Author/Subject Information, Author’s Other Works, and Theme Related Games/Activities. Kits check out for 6 weeks.

book jacket for Black Ships Before Troy
Black Ships Before Troy
by Rosemary Sutcliff

Retells the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and the flight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.


book jacket for
Buffalo Thunder
by Patricia Wittman

When young Karl Isaac heads west with his family in a prairie schooner, he experiences many things but longs to see buffalo.


book jacket for The Buffalo Train Ride
The Buffalo Train Ride
by Desiree Webber

Describes how the vast buffalo herds were devastated on the Great Plains and later reintroduced to save this endangered animal from extinction.


book jacket for Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White

The life of Wilbur, the pig, is saved by a girl who talks to animals and a spider who weaves strange messages.


book jacket for Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.


book jacket for
A Dog's Life
by Ann Martin

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.


book jacket for Edward Lear
Edward Lear
by Edward Lear

Collection of fun and nonsense poems, songs, and limericks written especially for children by poet Edward Lear.


book jacket for The Eleventh Hour
Eleventh Hour
by Graeme Base

An elephant's eleventh birthday party is marked by eleven games preceding the banquet to be eaten at the eleventh hour; but when the time to eat arrives, the birthday feast has disappeared. The reader is invited to guess the thief.


book jacket for The English Roses
The English Roses
by Madonna

Four best friends are jealous of a neighbor girl and refuse to have anything to do with her, until they each have a dream in which a fairy godmother shows them what the girl's life is really like.


book jacket for Fat Men From Space
Fat Men from Space
by Daniel Pinkwater

Through his radio tooth, William learns of an invasion by spacemen who are taking all of earth's supply of junk food.


book jacket for The First Tortilla
The First Tortilla
by Rudolpho Anaya

Guided by a blue hummingbird, Jade brings an offering to the Mountain Spirit who lives near her village in Mexico, and asks if he will send rain to end the drought that threatens the people. Includes information about the legend on which this story is based and facts about corn.


book jacket for The FlimFlam Man
The FlimFlam Man
by Darlene Bailey Beard

In the summer of 1950, a con man comes to Wetumka, Oklahoma, talking about his fabulous circus, and although he swindles the townspeople, two young girls grow from the experience.


book jacket for The Fungus That Ate My School
The Fungus That Ate My School
by Arthur Dorros

While the students are home for spring vacation, the fungus they are growing in their classroom grows and grows and takes over the entire school.


book jacket for Gift of the Magi
Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry

A young man and a young woman sell their most prized possessions to buy each other Christmas gifts, in this famous tale of unselfish love.


book jacket for The Gold Cadillac
The Gold Cadillac
by Mildred D. Taylor

Two black girls living in the North are proud of their family's beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visit to the South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time.


book jacket for The Great Kapok Tree
The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry

The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.


book jacket for Usborne's Greek Myths for Young Children Greek Myths for Young Children by Heather Amery

The gift of fire - Pandora's box - Persephone and the seasons - The story of Arachne - The many tasks of Heracles - Echo and Narcissus - Daedalus and Icarus - Bellerophon and the flying horse - Jason and the golden fleece - King Midas.


book jacket for Hachiko
by Pamela S. Turner

Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years.


book jacket for Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack & the Beanstalk
by Steven Kellogg

A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where he uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and make his and his mother's fortune.



book jacket for Jingle Dancer
Jingle Dancer
by Cynthia L. Smith

Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl in Oklahoma, wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress? An unusual, warm family story, beautifully evoked in Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu's watercolor art.


book jacket for Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
by Steven Kellogg

Presents the life of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude.


book jacket for King Arthur
King Arthur
by Rosalind Kerven

This is a retelling of the boy fated to be the "Once and Future King," covering his glorious reign and his tragic, yet triumphant, passing. Illustrated notes throughout the text explain the historical background of the story.


book jacket for Kingfisher Book of Fairy Tales
Kingfisher Book of Fairy Tales
by Vivian French

Jack and the beanstalk -- Hansel and Gretel -- The Fisherman and his wife -- Beauty and the beast -- The Elves and the shoemaker -- Rumpelstiltskin -- Cinderella.


book jacket for The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.


book jacket for Listen to the Wind
Listen to the Wind
by Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson was saved by villagers in a Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2 and he returned and built a school and in doing so changed many lives.


book jacket for The Malted Falcon
The Malted Falcon
by Bruce Hale

Chet Gecko and his partner Natalie try to find a missing valentine and the winning ticket to a fantastic dessert.


book jacket for Most Loved in All the World
Most Loved in All the World
by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice.


book jacket Oklahoma
by Linda Saylor-Marchant

Looks at the history, geography, government, places, and people of Oklahoma, as well as general facts about the state.



book jacket for On the Day You were Born
On the Day You Were Born
by Debra Frasier

The earth celebrates the birth of a newborn baby.


book jacket for The Other Side
The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson

Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.


book jacket for The Rag Coat
The Rag Coat
by Lauren A. Mills

Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.


book jacket for Rattlesnake Dance
Rattlesnake Dance
by Jennifer Dewey

Facts and folk beliefs about rattlesnakes accompany an autobiographical account of three up-close encounters with rattlesnakes.


book jacket for Red Dirt Jessie
Red Dirt Jessie
by Anna Myers

Jessie, a young girl living in the Oklahoma dust bowl during the Depression, tries to tame a wild dog and help her father recover from a nervous breakdown.


book jacket for Some Frog
Some Frog
by Eve Bunting

Billy is disappointed when his father doesn't show up to help him catch a frog for the frog-jumping competition at school, but the one he and his mother catch wins the championship and Billy begins to accept his father's absence.


book jacket for Stone Fox
Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner

Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.


book jacket for The Story of Dr. Doolittle
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting

The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness.


book jacket for The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate diCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.


book jacket for This Land is Your Land
This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folksinger Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.


book jacket for The Tortoise and the Hare
Tortoise and the Hare
by Janet Stevens

Recounts the race between the boastful hare and the persevering tortoise.



 book jacket for What Really Happened to Humpty?
What Really Happened to Humpty?
by Jeanie Ransom

Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.



Will Rogers
by Frank Keating

"A man only learns by two things," Will Rogers said. "One is reading, and the other is association with smarter people." Will Rogers loved people, and adventure, from the time he was a young boy. As a man, he traveled to the four corners of the globe--and  never met a man he didn't like. Filled with Will Rogers's own timeless quotes, this picture book tells the story of a great maverick who lived the American dream.


book jacket for A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.

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