February 27, 2009
Thanks to everyone who entered the book give away to receive a copy of Jennie Nash’s new book, The Only True Genius in the Family. Ten winners were selected from the entries, and they are:
- Christine M., Peoria, Arizona
- Jennifer K., Fort Bliss, Texas
- Shawna L., Pearland Texas
- Abby N., Eaton, Ohio
- Marci R., Canton, Massachusetts
- Vikki L., San Diego, Calilfornia
- Caroline A., Denver, North Carolina
- Lisa N., Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
- Wendy M., Gig Harbor, Washington
- Ericka E., Canby, Oregon
Congratulations to all the winners, who will receive books from the publisher soon. Thanks for reading and look for more give away offers in the future.
February 25, 2009
For the last couple of days i’ve been featuring author Jennie Nash and her new book, The Only True Genius in the Family. The book is great for mother-daughter book clubs with girls in high school and for adults.
Thanks to Nash and her publisher, Berkley Publishing, 10 copies of The Only True Genius in the Family will go to readers of Mother Daughter Book Club.com. To enter, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org listing your name, city and state, and tell me how you think art plays a role in your life. Enter by Thursday, February 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Winners will be chosen and posted on Friday morning.
Read the review with the author’s Q and A here.
Read Nash’s essay about what it feels like to have your daughter read your work here.
You can also visit Nash’s Web site for more information about the author and her other books.
February 18, 2009
The Cybils Awards winners were announced a few days ago. Cybils stands for Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Awards. Anyone can nominate a book, and a panel of judges narrows it down to finalists before choosing the winners. Categories go from picture books and easy readers to middle grade and young adult. There is also a categoy for graphic novels and another for poetry. You’ll find fiction as well as non-fiction on the list.
I haven’t heard of many of the books that won, and I welcome the opportunity to find about good books that I may otherwise not be exposed to. This is a good place to look for a book to recommend for your mother-daughter book club.
February 16, 2009
There are so many great bloggers writing about children’s literature, and now there’s a central Web site that names a lot of them and provides links to the sites. It’s called KidLitosphere Central.
What can you expect to find at KidLitosphere Central? Here’s an excerpt from the description on the Web site:
“The ‘KidLitosphere’ is a community of reviewers, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, and other book enthusiasts who blog about children’s and young adult literature. In writing about books for children and teens, we’ve connected with others who share our love of books. With this website, we hope to spread the wealth of our reading and writing experience more broadly. Bloggers cover everything from picture books to young adult titles, writing process to publishing success, personal news to national events.”
You’ll find a slew of listings for author and illustrator blogs, and my blog is listed under the bloggers in children’s and young adult literature category. There’s also a page highlighting the latest news in kid’s literature. I’ve been having fun visiting some of the blogs, and I hope to get more involved in the discussions that go on with certain topics.
Check it out when you get the chance.
February 13, 2009
Last weekend Catherine and I went with our mother-daughter book club members to a low-key resort near Portland called Edgefield. What a great getaway it was! We knew it would be difficult to plan a weekend away during the school year, but we all really wanted to go. So we booked one night at this place that was only a 1/2 hour drive away, and we showed up Saturday afternoon ready to get started with spa services.
Massages, facials, pedicures…starting off that way followed by time spent hanging out in a soaking pool was a great way to transport us all from the stress of school and work into relaxation time. Edgefield has several restaurants, brew pubs, a wine tasting room and other amenities on-site, so once we checked in there was no reason to leave. And the girls appreciated having freedom to walk the grounds on their own without their moms tagging along behind them.
In the picture above, we’re posing on the front porch in rocking chairs, even though summer weather would be a much more appropriate time for that. This was at the end of the trip, which is why we all look so happy. In less than 24 hours we got spa services, yakked a lot, tasted wine (moms only of course) played hide and seek (girls only of course), ate great food and caught up with each other. We had time when we were all together, and time when we separated into groups of just the moms and just the girls.
This was our second weekend retreat together, and I hope we plan one every year while the girls are still in school and able to go with us. I just wish we would have started when the girls were younger.
February 9, 2009
Terra Cooper can’t wait to escape her small-town life in Washington state’s Methow Valley. She feels her true self is carefully concealed there, just as the port-wine stain birthmark on her face is concealed under heavy make-up. Terra dreams of being an artist, although she’s not confident in her own ability to let go and create meaningful works. She pushes herself to excel at school, so she can graduate early and escape to college and a life away from her verbally abusive father, just like her brothers before her.
When she wrecks her car while driving home from yet another surgery on her birthmark, she has to spend her carefully hoarded college funds on repairs. Just when she resigns herself to limiting her future, she meets a Chinese-American goth boy named Jacob, who challenges her to see herself, her family and her art in a new way.
A powerful book for mothers and daughters to read together, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley is about self-discovery, finding the true meaning of beauty, and learning to trust in yourself. Maps play an important role in the story—literally as they affect Terra’s dad, who is a cartographer, and metaphorically, as a symbol for helping us find our way. This is Terra’s story, but it’s also about Jacob and both teens’ moms and finding the strength to overcome obstacles that arise in life.
I found myself savoring North of Beautiful, lingering over the beautifully written prose that asks a lot of questions and gives no easy answers. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls in high school.
Find out what author Justina Chen Headley has to say about her book and her writing life this Wednesday, February 11, as she answers questions for Mother Daughter Book Club.
February 6, 2009
Special opportunity for one mother-daughter book club to win copies of a book before it’s released for publication and ask questions of Iman Bright, whose story is told in A Young Dancer.
Thirteen-year-old Iman Bright has been taking dance classes at The Ailey School in New York City since she was four. In this new book by Valerie Gladstone geared to young readers, Iman shares some of her experiences taking classes, preparing for a performance and finding time to do what other thirteen-year-olds do.
Beautifully photographed, this look into the life of an Ailey student is sure to interest mother-daughter book clubs with younger girls who are interested in dance and connecting with a dancer. The story is told through photos with a small amount of text, so it reads quickly. This means you can choose it as your regular book club selection or schedule a special meeting to read it and generate questions for Iman. A Young Dancer is recommended for ages eight to 12.
Here are the details of this special promotion:
- To enter, send me your name, the age of girls in your book club, and the number of mom/daughter pairs in your group by February 20.
- If you win, I’ll ask for a mailing address where the publisher can send copies of the book.
- Read A Young Dancer and send in questions for Iman Bright by March 15.
Iman will answer your questions personally, before the book is released in April. After release, the questions and answers will be featured on my blog and Web site, along with a picture of your mother-daughter book club.
Email me at email@example.com with your questions or entries.