Family Dinner Book Club: If Kids Ran the World Dinner Party

Jodie Rodriguez

A GREAT idea for the New Year!

This month we are featuring a newer picture book for Family Dinner Book Club . We are reading If Kids Ran the World by Leo & Diane Dillon.

You will find some awesome ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, talk about the book and complete a family service project.  We have thought of everything you need!  So, grab a copy of the book and join in on the fun.

Just to review a bit… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family.  On the 15th of each month, we share the title of the book that is being featured.  Then, on the 1st of each month we provide all the details for your special club dinner.

Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a special menu to compliment the book.  And, I will share conversation starters and a service project for your family.  Sarah and I will take turns showcasing table decoration crafts to make with the kids.

If Kids Ran the World

The Book

If Kids Ran the World by Leo & Diane Dillon is the story of children who help make our world a better place.  Sometimes kids have the best ideas and can see so clearly on what needs to be done to solve our global problems.


Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner book club rolling.  Just click on this link (If Kids Ran the World conversation starters) for a one page PDF file that you can print and then cut apart.  Use the cards on your chosen dinner night.  You, of course, don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading.  These are just meant to be a guide.  Happy talking!

  • How have you or your friends helped make the world a better place?
  • If you could change one thing in the world to make it better, what would you choose?
  • Name something that you are thankful for happening today.
  • Tell about a time when you chose to forgive someone.
  • What is one thing that you love most about your family?
  • Tell one thing that made you laugh today.

Family Dinner Book Club

Family Service Project

There are so many wonderful opportunities for a family service project to compliment this book.  You might choose to make a piece of artwork, card or other craft to take to a senior living home for elders.  Hold a craft night and have each family member make a piece of art.  Schedule a day to drop off the goodies at a local senior home.

Table Decorations

candles for If Kids Ran the World by Leo and Diane Diillon

I’m all about easy for table decorations.  White is a symbol of peace.  Create a centerpiece of white candles of varying heights. It’s not often that we eat by candlelight!  During dinner talk about the color white representing peace.

weaving global placemats

You can also create placemats by weaving paper strips.  Use blue and green to represent the Earth’s water and land.


Now, head over to Daisy at Home to get your If Kids Ran the World themed menu.

We hope you are inspired to create a fun and meaningful Family Dinner Book Club with your own family. Remember that we want to see pictures of your dinner.  Please share them our special Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.

Join us again next month for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will feature a chapter book!

This post was syndicated with permission from Growing Book by Book.
Jodie Rodriguez has a passion for helping caregivers nurture our youngest readers. As a former National Board Certified early-childhood, elementary teacher and administrator, she has worked with thousands of families and educators providing best literacy practices. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri and now stays home with home with her two young sons (ages 3 and 5). She is the creator/founder of Growing Book by Book.