Family Virtual Book Club

For 4th and 5th grade readers

Join our Family Virtual Book Club for children and parents! This book selection is geared toward 4-5th graders but all are welcome to participate! Our book pick is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo -perfect for the animal lover in your life!  


Because of Winn-Dixie is available on:

Parents, we encourage you to read along with your child and discuss the book. Check out our suggested discussion questions below.

Family Discussion questions:

  1. Opal opens up to Winn-Dixie in the beginning of this story. Why do you think it's sometimes easier to talk to or be friends with a pet than with people?

  2. Opal makes a lot of quick judgments about some of the characters in the book, such as the Dewberry brothers, Otis, and Amanda Wilkinson. But as she gets to know them, her opinions change. Have you ever judged someone too quickly? Did you eventually change your opinion? What made you change what you thought? Why is it important not to "judge a book by its cover"?

  3. What decisions does Opal make in this story that end up changing her life? Have you ever made what seemed like a small, unimportant decision, but it turned out to be very important? Explain.

  4. What made you laugh in this book? Why?

  5. In what ways is Opal's mother a very important character in the book even though she never appears?

  6. Why do you think Opal wanted to know ten things about her mother? Can you tell what her mother is like from the ten things her father describes to her? Do you think that ten things can really describe a whole person?

  7. Opal asks Gloria Dump, "Do you think everybody misses somebody like I miss my mama?" What do you think? Does everybody miss somebody? Why? Who do you miss?

  8. Do you think you'd like to eat a Littmus Lozenge? Why or why not?

  9. After listening to Miss Franny's story about her great-grandfather, Opal says, "It was important to me to hear how Littmus survived after losing everything he loved." Why do you think that was important to Opal? What can we learn about ourselves when we listen to stories about other people's lives?

  10. What do you think Opal and her dad, the preacher, get from having Winn-Dixie? Who or what in your life is like Winn-Dixie?

  11. Opal believes that life is like a Littmus Lozenge - that it's sweet and sad all mixed up together and hard to separate out. Do you agree? Why or why not?

  12. What does the title Because of Winn-Dixie mean to you?

Email Miss Tyne your review of Because of Winn-Dixie and we will post it below!
What did you think about the book?

Reader Book Reviews

"Because of Winn-Dixie is one of my favorite books by Kate DiCamillo! I love animals, especially dogs, and I think I would have taken Winn-Dixie home with me just like Opal did. Kate DiCamillo is an amazing author who has written so many great books, including the Mercy Watson series and The Tale of Despereaux. If you liked this book, try reading some of her others! I recommend The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Flora & Ulysses.

-Miss Tyne, Youth Services Librarian


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