Hi, I’m Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press, October 2009).

I founded my first mother-daughter book club in 2000, with my daughter Madeleine, and another in 2003 with my daughter Catherine. After realizing that few resources exist to help moms and daughters get started, I created a Web site www.motherdaughterbookclub.com, and this blog. My goal is to review books that have appeal for book club members in four age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-13, and 14+), talk about activities for group members and provide other information that may be helpful to readers everywhere.

I always like to hear from my readers with suggestions for book clubs. Feel free to comment on posts or send me an email at: info@motherdaughterbookclub.com.

Happy Reading!

13 Responses to About

  1. Ann Cazes says:

    Wonderful! I finally am able to open and read your site. Katie just got into a bookclub here and I just finished a Children’s Literature class at LSU. This is great!


  2. Can you tell me how you select books for recommendation?

    I work with several authors from the Northwest who have recently published books that would be wonderful for mother/daughter book clubs. All of the authors are also available for interview. The books include: Wolfproof by Maureen McQuerry, Saving Sailor by Renee Riva and Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson.

    Please contact me for more information.


  3. Cindy Hudson says:

    Thanks for asking about the book recommendations. All the book recommendations on this blog and MotherDaughterBookClub.com come from members of mother daughter book clubs who have read the selections and think other clubs would like them as well. Anyone who wants to add a book to the list can email me at info@motherdaughterbookclub.com.

  4. Phil says:

    Just saw your website and thought “Finally”! We’ve been putting together a reader’s guide for MOOSE: A MEMOIR OF FAT CAMP and thought it fits perfectly for your site readers.

  5. Amy Nawrocki says:

    I recently found your site, and I’d like to tell you about my new poetry chapbook. The themes I write about in “Potato Eaters” might be of interest to your readers and contributors.

    Pauline Uchmanowicz, author of “Sand & Traffic” says, “In Amy Nawrocki’s sensitive, self-assured Potato Eaters an intimate portrait of family life is unearthed and its tenacious roots revealed: deeply personal as well as deeply universal. A mother-daughter slipknot loosely binds the collection, grounded in domestic settings and situations that unify backyard swing sets and refinanced mortgages, kite flying and grocery shopping. Fertilized overall by rich, elemental imagery in which the seasons personified may appear as vulnerable but also everlasting, Nawrocki’s poems remind one how the child is mother to the woman.”

    The chapbook is currently available for sale from Finishing Line Press and there’s a link to the press, as well as more information about Potato Eaters, on my website:


    Thanks for letting me share with your readers.

    Amy Nawrocki

  6. […] join me in congratulating Cindy over at her blog on the About page. In the writing […]

  7. Luci says:

    Congratulations on your book being published. That’s gotta feel good! My daughter’s and I love to read sometimes the same things, sometimes not. regardless, it’s a unifying thing for us.

  8. Jenny says:

    I’m in one of Christina Katz’s writing classes right now and your success with your book deal is great to hear about! I love your topic and look forward to reading you book. In the meantime, I’ll check out your blog.

    Congratulations! I hope the book is a big success.

  9. Cindy Hudson says:

    Thanks for the well wishes. I get lots of great ideas from readers, and it’s both fun and challenging to put together the guidebook.

  10. Go, Cindy!

    Hip, hip hooray!

  11. Maribeth Pelly says:

    I would like to make you aware of a children’s author and psychologist who has written a successful book entitled, The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) by Dr. Barbara Holstein.

    If you would like to coordinate a book club discussion or learn more about her work, Dr. Holstein’s website is http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com. You may want to consider offering her book as a reasource for girls and mothers.

    I hope you find this information interesting. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at maribeth @maribethpelly.com.


    Maribeth Pelly
    Marketing Strategies for Small (busy) Business Owners

  12. Cindy – so glad you and your daughter enjoyed the American Masters Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. Nancy Porter, who produced and directed, and I (producer-writer) are just now able to sell the DVD, which the American Library Association named the top of the top of the best list for 2009. It can be bought through our website at louisamayalcott.net and more places later.

    I’m writing, though, to suggest that mother-daughter groups consider reading my biography of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women together. The ALA named it as one of the 5 best Adult Nonfiction books for Young Readers. It’s 300 pages and reads like a novel. Just a thought. Thanks for writing about the film. Harriet Reisen

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