*Beautiful Words sent me 3 bookmarks in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Oh my goodness, I am in love with these Book Banter bookmarks from Beautiful Words! They are unique in that they have book-related discussion starters on both sides that provide excellent conversation starters, perfect for a book club. I like that the prompts are specific to the book type, but still general enough to cover any book.
There are 4 different types available:
- Book Banter Bookmarks (Literary Fiction)
- Beach Banter Bookmarks (Romance & Lighter Fiction)
- Kids’ Book Banter Bookmarks (Chapter & Picture Books)
- Professional Book Banter Bookmarks (Business & Personal Success)
Being a children’s librarian, I was really excited to check out the Kids’ Book Banter. I received the one with the adorable monsters on the border. I found the prompts very age appropriate, and feel that they could apply from a preschool level all the way up through elementary when applied appropriately. There’s also a wide range of elements covered by the prompts with fun category names like “Friends & Foes,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Picture It,” and “Wishes & Wonderings.” The prompts are great introductions to thinking about different elements of the story and how to examine your own feelings about the book.
I also received the Book Banter and the Beach Banter bookmarks. I received ones with pretty floral borders, and like the Kids’ there is thought-provoking conversation starters covering a range of topics. I love that on the Beach Banter one some of the prompts are beach-related, like “Who would you take for a stroll on the beach?” and “What words washed over you like waves on a beach?”
The bookmarks are high quality, made from a glossy and solid paper. They are sure to last for a long time, stand up to kids’ sometimes sticky fingers, or the salt and sand from the beach. The creators paid attention to the details, and as an added bonus 10% of the proceeds go to the WindsorEssex Community Foundation to support literacy.
So if you’re just starting a new book club, or are in a club that’s having trouble getting the conversation started, I highly recommend investing in a few of these bookmarks. As mentioned above, the Kids’ one is great for first steps into thinking deeper about a book.