Circulating Book Club Kits

All you need to create a book club is your library card

Our circulating book club kits contain 10 books, a discussion guide, and sometimes a few surprises. Kits are available to check out for free with your library card. Kits check out for over a month, providing ample time for a group to read and discuss the material. To find our book club kits just visit the Teen Department.

Advancing Racial Equity and Diverse Reads

Our circulating book club kit collection began with a grant from the Indiana Humanities with funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Each title was selected by a list curated by an Indianapolis Public Library committee of librarians, humanists, and Indiana Humanities staff. According the the Indiana Humanities website, “The goal is to help Hoosier think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work” (www.indianahumanities.org). Most of the titles in our collection were read by FCPL library staff. Please feel free to contact Teen Services Manager, Rachel Milburn, if you have any questions about the books/kits.

Meet Our Book Club Kits

  • Title: This is My America
  • Author: Kim Johnson
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile: HL640L
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

“Incredible and searing.” Nic Stone#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

Learn more: visit This Is My America by Kim Johnson on TeachingBooks

  • Title: The 57 Bus
  • Author: Dashka Slater
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Level: 930L

A New York Times Bestseller
Stonewall Book Award Winner—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

Learn more: visit The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater on TeachingBooks

  • Title: The Downstairs Girl
  • Author: Stacey Lee
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Level: 810L

“This vividly rendered historic novel will keep readers riveted as witty, observant Jo deals with the dangers of questioning power.”- The Washington Post

Learn more: visit Book Descriptions for The Downstairs Girl on TeachingBooks

  • Title: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
  • Author: Mildred D. Taylor
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Level: 800L

“Surely the crown jewel of the Logan family saga.”- Kirkus Reviews

Learn more: visit All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor on TeachingBooks

  • Title: All American Boys
  • Author: Jason Reynolds & Brenan Kiely
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Level: 770L

“Great for fostering discussions about current events among teenage audiences” –School Library Journal

Learn more: visit All American Boys by Jason Reynolds on TeachingBooks

  • Title: Clap When You Land
  • Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Grade Level: 8-up
  • Lexile Level: 800L

“Crisp verse depicts heartbreak and bravery, while expert pacing culminates in lyrical achievement in storytelling that is highly recommended”-Samantha Lumetta, School Library Journal

Learn more: visit Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo on TeachingBooks

  • Title: Color Me In
  • Author: Natasha Diaz
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Grade Level: 8-up
  • Lexile Level: 950L

The book does a wonderful job of grappling with the challenges and gifts of a dual identity (and in some instances dueling identities)”- Latinxs in Kids Lit

Learn more: visit Color Me In by Natasha Diaz on TeachingBooks

  • Title: Dear Martin
  • Author: Nic Stone
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Level: 720L

“..this hard-hitting book delivers a visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice” -Publisher Weekly

Learn more: visit

  • Title: The Hate U Give
  • Author: Angie Thomas
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Grade Level: 9-up
  • Lexile Level: 590L

“It’s in the authentic moments of humor, and in the way hope lives side by side with fear and anger in a story that is so much more than its plot and theme”– Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Learn more: visit The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on TeachingBooks

  • Title: In the Neighborhood of True
  • Author: Susan Kaplan Carlton
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Grade Level: 9-up
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.3

“Carlton captures the racism, anti-Semitism, and social interactions of the time and place with admirable nuance. The dialogue and setting are meticulously constructed, and readers will feel the humidity and tension rising with each chapter.” -Publisher Weekly

Learn more: visit Book Resume for In the Neighborhood of True on TeachingBooks

  • Title: March Book Three
  • Author: John Lewis
  • Genre: Graphic Novel
  • Grade Level: 5-up
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.9

“…the conversational narrative is direct and powerful, and paired with black-and-white panel art and occasional full-page illustrations”-Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Learn more: visit March Book Three by John Lewis on TeachingBooks

  • Title: Monday’s Not Coming
  • Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Genre: Horror
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Reading Level: 620L

“Ultimately, the very real question of how a young girl can go missing for so long without alarm will haunt readers long after the last page is turned”-Monique Harris, The Horn Book

Learn more: visit Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson on TeachingBooks

  • Title: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
  • Author: Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Grade Level: 4-up
  • Lexile Reading Level: 1000L

Told impressively economically, loaded with historical details that connect clearly to current experiences, and bolstered with suggested reading and listening selected specifically for young readers”-Publishers Weekly

Learn more: visit Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds on TeachingBooks

  • Title: You Should See Me in a Crown
  • Author: Leah Johnson
  • Genre: Romantic Fiction
  • Grade Level: 7-up
  • Lexile Reading Level: 880L

“Liz’s snarky first-person narration adds to the humor, and references to popular culture help create an authentic teen voice.”-The Horn Book

Learn more: visit You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson on TeachingBooks

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