Young Critics’ Club

The Young Critics Club is made up of 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders that get together to read brand-new, just published books. Throughout the year, they read and review over thirty books of every genre and cultivate a list of their Favorite Books of the Year to recommend to their peers!

The Club meets on alternate Wednesdays year-round at 4 PM. At each meeting, Young Critics get to know each other better with a book-themed game, then grab a snack and discuss their recent reads. Then, Ms. Jen and Mrs. Woodward booktalk a new book and share their new finds with the group. Young Critics get first dibs on these selections and rate and report back at the next meeting.


How Can I Join?

Applications are now available for the 2024-2025 school year! Our applications are online only this year. Please complete the application here: YCC Application 2024-25

You must be entering Grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2024 to apply. The application MUST be completed by the student who is applying, not by a parent/guardian.

IMPORTANT: Once you apply, you will receive an email in the next few weeks with a link to sign up for a brief, in-person interview with Ms. Jen and Mrs. Woodward.

The last day to submit an application is FRIDAY, 6/14.

The last day to interview is FRIDAY, 6/28.

Questions about applying? Please call 203-637-8802 or email Ms. Jen at

YCC’s Favorite Books of the Year


Summer 2024 Meeting Dates

Wednesdays at 4 PM on:

  • July 17th
  • July 31st
  • August 14th

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