Book by Book: Your Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs
by Cindy Hudson

Seal Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-580-05299-3.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 10/12/2009

Teen/Girls; Nonfiction: Relationships

Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs is just that—a thorough how-to on creating thriving and meaningful book clubs for moms and their daughters. Hudson uses her own firsthand experience of forming and participating in two successful long-running mother-daughter book clubs with her daughters. Her underlying premise is that book clubs are wonderful vehicles for moms and daughters to share as pairs, as well as within a group. As girls grow older, mother-daughter book clubs provide wonderful environments to discuss current, complex, germane, and sensitive issues within the context of discussing a book.

Book by Book helps the reader to start a club. Hudson begins with the benefits of a mother-daughter book club. "Enhancing your daughter's reading skills, staying connected with your daughter as she grows, nurturing your daughter's self-confidence, helping your daughter learn life skills, spending social time with other moms/girls, and building a community of caring friends." She provides meticulous outlines, examinations, participant quotes, and expert advice for such considerations as your daughter's age, the right size of the book club, who to invite, meeting venues and calendar, meeting ideas, choosing books, and managing discussions. A section is dedicated to offering ideas and concrete examples of how to tie books and themes to field trips, author meetings and other extracurricular and rewarding activities. The last section of the book deals with book club challenges—touchy subjects, conflict with members, new members and those who leave, and restructuring (with a sample survey for current members). Hudson completes her exceptional how-to guide with three appendices offering resources: where to find books on the web, book suggestions (with brief synopses), and recipes from mother-daughter members.

Book by Book is a practical guide by an author who obviously knows her subject. When I finished the book, I had no unanswered questions, other than to ask a close friend if she wanted to start a mother-daughter book club with me.

If you are interested in connecting and staying connected with your daughter, read Book by Book.

Cindy Hudson is a mother-daughter book club consultant, journalist, writer, and editor. She has more than twenty years experience as a marketing and public relations professional and has founded two mother-daughter book clubs of her own. Hudson writes from her home in Portland, Oregon. Visit her website.

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