My daughter and I were never in a book club together, but I loved it when she got to an age where we could read and enjoy the same books. I think the first book we ever read and talked about besides the ones I read to her, was Harry Potter and it was great to have that shared experience and be able to talk about it. Book clubs are not just for your drinking buddies anymore – now you can share the experience with your daughters. Not sure how to get started? Take some advice from regular contributor and author Cindy Hudson!
When I started my first mother-daughter book club more than a decade ago, there were few resources to be found to help moms like me get a group going and keep it thriving over the years. Finding information about age-appropriate books wasn’t easy, and the moms in my group often felt at sea when it came their turn to choose our next book.
MotherDaughterBookClub.com was born out of that frustration. When I first developed it I wanted to create a resource where moms and daughters could find lists of books successful with other clubs, author interviews, ideas for meeting activities and more. Before long, moms were emailing me with questions about how to start their own groups. By then I was in two book clubs with my two daughters, and I thought, “There needs to be a good guidebook that will help moms put their reading groups together.” So I decided to write it.
Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs is intended to be exactly what the title says. In addition to my own insights into what it takes to create and run a book club, I interviewed librarians, parenting experts, moms in other book clubs and other professionals who gave advice on everything from when to get started to how to talk about sex with your daughter.
Book by Book is divided into three sections that guide you through setting up your group, scheduling enriching activities around the things you read, and handling sticky situations that are sure to arise over the years. A list of online resources, book recommendations and recipes to make and serve at meetings are listed in the back.
There’s nothing I love more than to hear from readers that a book they chose at my suggestion led to an important discussion or that they scheduled something fun at a meeting because they read about another club doing something similar. Through the website and with the guidebook, I hope to hear success stories like these for a long time to come.
— Cindy Hudson, Author
Cindy Hudson is the author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press, 2009). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters. Find her on the web at http://www.motherdaughterbookclub.com.