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Ways To Make Sunshine - Online Book Club

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

Welcome to our online book club for grades 3 - 5! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flier for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready to pick up! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"Ways to Make Sunshine" by Renée Watson

“Ryan Hart loves to spend time with her friends, loves to invent recipes, and has a lot on her mind — school, self-image, and family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means changes like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. Because Ryan is all about trying to see the best. Even when things aren’t all she would wish for — her brother is infuriating, her parents don’t understand, when her recipes don’t turn out right, and when the unexpected occurs — she can find a way forward, with wit and plenty of sunshine.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, the artist, and the world of Ryan Hart:

Renée Watson’s website:

Artist Nina Mata’s website:

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of Ways to Make Sunshine:

Official city guide to Portland, Oregon:

The real Vernon Elementary School’s site:

Alberta Park’s site, including a virtual tour:

Included as well: A word search, a what’s in a name activity, a perspective writing activity, and a recipe for a blackberry-lime extravaganza smoothie!

Like Ryan Hart? There’s a sequel coming out at the end of this month. Check it out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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