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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

All posts from July, 2013

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 31, 2013

Today was a super book club day – we were lucky enough to meet with two authors! In the morning, we played a few games like a charades-type game as well as a game called Essence where one person had to guess the character the rest of the group was thinking of by asking questions. [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 30, 2013

Today began with a visit from Margi Preus!  Margi’s book, Heart of a Samurai, was based on the true story of John Manjiro, a Japanese boy who came to America. When Margi first heard Manjiro’s story, she thought it would make a wonderful picture book.  However, she soon realized that his life was far too [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 29, 2013

 Today began the second week of camp!  We welcomed new campers and welcomed back campers from last week and years previous. We started today on the stage with some games to get us moving, including Saving Places and Icebreaker Bingo.  We finished up with our favorite game, Story Ball, where we write a story one [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 26, 2013

Can you believe that it’s the end of the week already?? We started our last day like we started the first: with some story ball! We created some interesting ideas and sentences by each adding a word as the ball was bounced across our circle. After that, Matt gave us some pictures of historical figures [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 25, 2013

We all started the day atop the Thalia stage ready to play a fun game. Like a combination of telephone and charades, the object of the game was to pass along an initial word (for example shoe) by acting it out for the person next to you. Once that person got it – or at [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 24, 2013

Today began with a visit from author and illustrator George O’Connor!  George talked to us about the process of creating his graphic novel series, Olympians, including the most recent installment, Poseidon: Earth Shaker.  He showed us how he begins by “thumbnailing,” or drawing the book out in tiny pictures.  He said that this was the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 23, 2013

Day 2 began with our very first field trip – off we went to the offices of Scholastic books in Soho for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of publishing in action. We wound our way through the beautiful eleven-story offices of Scholastic, complete with murals of Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and more decorating the hallways and a [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 22, 2013

Great first day of camp!  It was terrific to see so many faces from past years and to meet lots of new campers.  Our wonderful teaching artist, Matt Cody, plunged us into getting to know one another immediately with a Silly Movement Name Game, Icebreaker Bingo and Story Ball, which generated the unforgettable line, “Last [...]

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