Thom’s Rules of Order: Ten Tips for Good Book Discussion

butler center mock newbery discussionHere’s a recent piece I did for the Horn Book about open, inquisitive book discussion. In many ways I’m anti-rule; prescription tends to rub me the wrong way. Still, book discussion benefits from a common framework, and even someone as enamored of the mixture of florals and plaids as I am can probably follow these rules. What are your tricks for staying on topic (and off of nerves)?

pictured: Members of the GSLIS Mock Newbery course discussing books in the Butler Center.