Mother-Daughter Book Club Ideas
So you want to start a mother-daughter book club...
One of the best things you can do with your daughter is read with her. Once she's old enough to read on her own, one of the best ways to keep that love of reading alive is through a mother-daughter book club. You can set it up with some of her friends and their moms, or you could even do it just with her. We love reading books and talking about them. You can too!
It's hard to know where to begin, though. We struggled a bit in the beginning, but we've figured things out now. Here are some books we've picked over the last year that we've enjoyed. These books are best for grades 3-5. I will be updating this as we read more, so be sure to check back.
UPDATE: I just noticed that NPR has started a Kids Book Group, with The Phantom Tollbooth as their book for November. Definitely check that out!
I talked about The Phantom Tollbooth here as well, so I didn't include it in this list, but it really would be a great choice for a book club.
Hoot - by Carl Hiassen
This is a great choice to help kids learn about the environment. It's funny and poignant and teaches kids that just one person can make a difference. Hiassen, who is more well known for adult books, wrote this about a boy who discovers there are endangered burrowing owls living in an area is zoned to be bulldozed and turned into a restaurant.
It was also made into a movie, so if you wanted, you could show the movie after the girls read the book. And feed them pancakes!
Isabel of the Whales - by Hester Velmans
This was such a great book. Every girl in the book club loved it. My daughter loves oceans and marine animals, so it was a great fit. Isabel is an 11 year old girl who finds out she can turn into a whale herself. She learns a lot about the life of the whale, and teaches them about humankind. We all loved it, and there was a lot of great information about the life of the whale.
Little House on the Prairie - by Laura Ingalls Wilder
You read this when you were a little girl; why not share it with your daughter? I loved this book as a kid and was very excited when this was chosen as a mother-daughter book club book. My daughter loved all the descriptions of the pioneer times, while I was somewhat traumatized by the work the mother had to do! Regardless, this is a book that has held up to the test of time, and has a lot of wonderful things to say about family, as well as teaching children about how difficult life was then. We had some "connections" with many of the American Girl doll books as well, which was fantastic.
The Doll People - by Ann M. Martin
Don't we all sort of wonder what our toys do when we're not around? That's what the story of The Doll People is about. This is a great fantasy story about Annabelle Doll, who has lived in the same dollhouse for over 100 years. When a new doll family moves in, things sure do change. This is a great comparison/contrast of two doll families and how they manage to live together, as well as a mystery (what happened to Annabelle's Aunt, who disappeared years ago?). Of course we had some comparisons to the wonderful Toy Story movies, but this book holds its own.
How to Start a Mother-Daughter Book Club
Here are some books that will help you start and organize your mother-daughter book club. Once it gets off the ground, the girls won't want to stop, and neither will you!
What else can make your book club special?
Make some food with your daughter that relates to the book you read; watch a movie based on the book; do a craft project. The ideas are endless!
Check out my other book-related lenses!
- Non-Traditional Princess Books
List of non-traditional princess stories, for people who don't love Cinderella the way their daughter does.
- You're Done with Harry Potter. Now What?
What other books are out there to read after Harry Potter?
- You're Finished with Harry Potter, Classics Edition
Books your Harry Potter-obsessed kids will love, from your own childhood.
If you have a great suggestion, post it below so we can add it to our mother-daughter reading list!