Published: May 1, 2014
Genre: Parenting, Women's Studies
Mother-daughter book clubs are a great way to encourage reading, bonding, and socializing among mothers, daughters, and their friends. But these clubs can do more than that, suggests educational psychologist and parenting coach Lori Day. They can create a safe and empowering haven where girls can freely discuss and navigate issues surrounding girlhood. In Her Next Chapter, Day draws from experiences in her own club and her expertise as an educator to offer a timely and inspiring take on mother-daughter book clubs. She provides overviews of eight of the biggest challenges facing girls today, such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, media sexualization, unhealthy relationships, and more, while weaving in carefully chosen book, movie, and media recommendations; thoughtful discussion questions; and group activities and outings that extend and enrich conversations and make clubs fun. Her Next Chapter outlines how mothers can use the magic of books to build girls’ confidence and sense of possibility as leaders, allies, and agents of change. A list of further resources and reflections and observations from Day’s now-adult daughter, Charlotte, round out this indispensible resource for anyone who cares about, teaches, or works with girls.
This is a book I can really get behind. I'm an avid reader (obviously) and I know how important it is for children to read. I had planned, in a few years, for my daughter and I to join a Mother-Daughter book club, so I was already in the choir on this one.
For anyone who is in my position of being sold on Mother-Daughter book clubs, who might be considering, or has never heard of them, this is a great book. Day sets up the book quite well--the first 3 chapters are devoted to the mechanics of the book club. As a member or alumni of several clubs, I appreciated these tips. From the 4th chapter one, she devotes the books to different topics, complete with recommendations for book and movies (with appropriate age suggestions) and activities. Folks, these are some heavy, heavy topics and it had never occurred to me how valuable something like a Mother-Daughter Book Club could be in relation to these issues.
My daughter is still about 3 years away from such a club, but I know that this will be in our future. After reading this book, I do think that I will probably start a club rather than join the one hosted by the library. These clubs are really about relationships--between mothers and daughters, adults and girls, and between the girls themselves--and a drop in sort of arrangement will just not work.
I debated whether or not this was a 4 or 5 star book. I normally reserve 5 star ratings for books that I would recommend to just about anyone and this book doesn't really have that scope. However, I think that the quality and usefulness of this book to its intended audience is great enough that it deserves the 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book to read in return for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.