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December 7, 2009

Tanya at is reviewing Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs on her site today. It’s really gratifying to read what others say are the most helpful aspects of Book by Book, and Tanya has written a very thorough review. While you’re checking out what she has to say about my guidebook, you may also want to peruse her other book reviews and comments. You can click on links that take you to her reviews by title, author, reading level and genre. I find it’s not always easy to find book recommendations by age group on the Web, but does make it easy. And I think it’s great that she’s got atypical lists of books such as Read Out Loud for Kids 7+, and Books that Your Kids Should Read but Probably Won’t Unless You Read with Them. Today I added to my permanent links. It’s a great place to visit over and over again for ideas.

On another note: tonight Catherine and I are attending our book club meeting. We’ll be talking about the Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff. Stay tuned to find out more about this book and our discussion.

Radical Parenting Lists 10 Great Book Websites for Teens

November 9, 2009



Looking for websites to help you find books for teens? Radical Parenting has posted a guest column called 10 Great Book Websites for Teens by Jennifer Wagner of Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology and writer of a Parenting Teens page on the Examiner.

I’m excited that my website, Mother Daughter Book is listed, and there’s also a lot of other great sites I regularly visit to get ideas for books like Teen Reads and ReaderGirlz. There are also new sites to me that I can’t wait to check out, like Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! and Teen Ink Book Reviews. Click here to read the article and find out about all of the recommended book websites.

In Celebration of Reading—Read Across America Day 2008

March 3, 2008

Today is the National Education Foundation’s Read Across America Day. Every year the NEA schedules this day on or near Dr. Seuss’s birthday to promote the love of reading. I’m planning to participate by curling up with two good books today, Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson and Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I’m also reading Burr, by Gore Vidal to my daughter who’s a junior in high school.

In need of a good book? Try out the recommendations here and at the following sites: A Great Way to Find Out About Books

March 13, 2007

If you haven’t read a book how do you know whether you want to recommend it for Mother Daughter Book Club? That question has come up time and again over the years as I have scoured reviews and read book descriptions in an effort to get the feel of a book before my daughter and I select it. Now I’ve discovered another way to get introduced to books and try them out before deciding whether to read them or not.

It’s called, an online book club that let’s you “sample” a few chapters of a new book every week. While the service has several categories of books you can sign up for, mother daughter book clubs with teens can benefit most from it. While there’s no category for young adult or middle readers, there is one for teens, and older readers may also be interested in the nonfiction, fiction, classics and other choices too.

It’s not perfect, because the first few chapters aren’t always an indicator of how you’ll like the whole book. I would have never read the delightful books Millions and Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce if I’d only seen the first few chapters, for instance. But also has forums for Book Talk where readers respond and talk about the selection. I find it helps to hear what others are saying.

I’ve signed up for teen, fiction and non-fiction books, and so far I think it’s a good way to get exposed to books I may know nothing about otherwise.