Panther Book Club

Panther Book Club is VPE's book club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This program provides an opportunity for students to read (4) grade-appropriate books outside of the classroom and  then discuss the book with their peers.  


PTO will check out copies of books to the first 25 students who sign up for the program. 


Before each meeting, participants will read their books at home, then attend a discussion group with their peers after school with a parent volunteer who facilitates discussion. Students are encouraged to bring a Nut Safe (English, Spanish) snack to meetings. 

2023-2024 Meeting dates*

Mondays, from 3:45 to 4:15 PM - 

  • October 23, 2023 - NEW DATE

  • December 4, 2023

  • February 12, 2024

  • April 15, 2024

* Meeting dates may be adjusted or cancelled due to school closures lack of volunteers.

Book List for 2023-2024

  3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade
October The Boy on the Porch Capture the Flag The Fourteenth Goldfish
December The Hundred Dresses Mr. Popper's Penguins The Lightning Queen
February The Lemonade War The Bicycle Spy The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg
April The Chocolate Touch Save Me a Seat Flying Solo

PickUp Patrol (new this year!)

Be sure to change your child's pickup instructions for the day of the club using Pickup Patrol.

  • Select "Other" from the drop-down menu of options.

  • In the "More Info" field, type in "Panther Book Club".

  • Don't forget to click the "Submit" button when you are done. Please remember to make these changes before 3:00PM on the day of the club meeting.

Car/Bus Riders & Y-Care

  • Students who are normally car riders or bus riders must be picked up from school at 4:15 PM.

  • There is NO bus service for Book Club participants.

  • A parent volunteer will walk students out to the car loop to meet you at 4:15 PM.

  • Students who attend Y-Care will be escorted to the Y-Care staff after the meeting.

Volunteers Needed

  • Volunteers will facilitate the book discussion with a group of 6-8 students.

  • We recommend you read the book, or at least be familiar with the book.

  • Volunteers will be provided a list of discussion questions at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Sharing and talking about a common book is a GREAT way to connect with your child and other students here at Valley Park!

  • Choose to volunteer at one meeting, or all four! - indicate your availability on the registration form

  • If we do not have enough volunteers to facilitate the discussions, then we may have to cancel or postpone particular meeting date. 

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023

Questions? Please reach out to Panther Book Club Coordinator, Tara Clark.