Want to start a new tradition with your friends? How about a book swap party? For those always on the hunt for the next great read, a book swap is the way to go.
Here’s how it works:
- Invite a group of 1-5 friends.
- Provide book-based snacks like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hot chocolate or a bowl of Bertie Bott’s jelly beans.
- Everyone brings at least one great read to swap – it can be new, used, dog-eared, whatever, as long as all the pages are there. Feel free to bring more than one title because the ultimate goal is to match every swapper up with a fabulous book.
Get creative with how to match up friends with books. Here are a few ideas:
- Have each swapper create a short “personality quiz” (like this one) to see who’s best suited to the book.
- Try a “Yankee Swap.” Draw numbers out of a bag. Person 1 gets first pick, but Person 2 can choose from the pile OR grab Person 1′s pick – and so on.
- Make connections with other books your guests have already read and loved. Here are some pairings to get you started:
|If you liked sinking into all seven Harry Potter books, try The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper.|
|If you liked going to England with The Calder Game by Blue Balliett, try The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken.|
|If you liked the characters with amazing abilities in The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, try Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.
|If you liked the quirky twists in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, try The 39 Clues series.|
Cap off your book swap festivities with crafty fun like bookmark-making. (You supply the thick paper, stickers, and glitter glue.) Or pop in a book-based movie like The Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, pop some corn and settle in.
Are you planning a book swap? Be sure to Comment and let us know how it goes.