In today’s guest post author Cindy Hudson shares a list of great books for Mother-Daughter Book clubs.  Cindy is the author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press, October 2009) and the founder of two long-running mother-daughter book clubs.  She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at

Looking for your next mother-daughter book club book? You’re probably hoping to find something that both moms and daughters will enjoy reading that has lots of issues to talk about. Good writing is a plus. And it has to be age-appropriate.

Here’s a list of six can’t miss picks for girls aged nine to 13 (and their moms) you may want to check out:

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
May Alice isn’t happy about spending a year during the Great Depression with her gruff grandmother in the country. Before long she finds herself participating in Grandma’s hilarious schemes to influence neighbors—some who are friends, others who are enemies.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan is having a hard time adjusting to life on Alcatraz Island where his dad is a guard in 1935. He hopes to make new friends, but how can he be a regular kid when he has to help care for his severely autistic sister, Natalie?

Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Dinnie feels abandoned when her parents send her off to live with her aunt and uncle at a boarding school in Switzerland. She learns to love her new home while holding on to what she loves about the family she left behind.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Juli and Bryce have totally different perspectives on the same events. Each chapter flips back and forth between their narratives as they explore two sides of events that happen in their lives. Ultimately, they each find new insights in to the person they thought they knew. Bonus activity: rent the movie and talk about how the stories are told differently in print and on film.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
Megan, Jess, Cassidy and Emma can’t believe their moms signed them up for a book club together. They’re not even sure they like each other, and they’ve got way too many activities already. But as they read Little Women and talk about it at their meetings, they get to know each other beyond the public image they have at school.

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
Izzy learns a lot about her family’s heritage and herself when she spends a magical summer with her grandma in an adobe village near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Issues to discuss include family heritage, ethnic traditions, dealing with grief and finding acceptance.

— Cindy Hudson, Author  (