Children’s Book Discussion Group

Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will continue to bringing our popular book discussion groups to our members for free. These training opportunities are available to support the continual growth of family child care professionals in Maine.

Each Children’s Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a $5 cost for non-members. Certificates for professional hours will be awarded. These hours are accepted by Maine licensing. The Children’s Book Discussion Groups will be starting up again Oct. 2019.

Participants need to join each monthly discussion separately by registering online. The individual links will be provided below and will also be found each month on the FCCAM Facebook page. Non-members will be emailed an invoice for payment through Paypal.

Participants will have access to the individual Book Discussion Padlet that the PLC will be maintaining on each discussion. The Padlet link will be provided with certificate email.

Anyone can access the resources that have also been gathered on FCCAM’s Pinterest boards.

Children’s Book Discussion Group Expectations

This discussion group has come together to discuss children’s books and share knowledge on activities that support the expanded learning of children beyond the written word.

Facilitator’s Role

  • Prepare in advance 
  • State objectives at the beginning of the event
  • Remind/ Review the Community Expectations
  • Guide the group in presenting and sharing information 
  • Provide closure and review next steps

Roles of Discussion Group Participants

  • Jointly share information and resources 
  • Ask questions

Meeting Expectations:

  • Start and end on time
  • What is said here, stays here
  • Mute your device when not talking, unless you are using a headset/headphone
  • Listen to others /One person talks at a time
  • All ideas are good ideas


  • Please do not discuss specifics about children and families you work with. 
  • It is also something we will practice when talking about our own learning and experiences while we are working and learning together.
  • Also remember that your colleagues may disclose personal information. Because we want everyone to feel comfortable, please don’t share it. This is good practice for keeping information confidential.