Friday, January 21, 2011

Beginning a Beneficial Book Club

How's that for alliteration!

I have been thinking of starting a Mother-Daughter book club in which my Ladies, ages 8 and 11, could not only foster a love for reading classic literature through my guidance, but also connect with their friends outside of school. I love the idea that moms and daughters could potentially read aloud together. I also enjoy the idea this kind of club fosters, in that, girls get the opportunity to realize that they can talk with their mother's and that moms understand them.

We continuously teach our children the values and morals that are important to us; spiritually, politically, culturally. We take them to church, watch wholesome movies with them, have dinner with them and facilitate healthy eating and conversations. We meet their friends and their friends parents. We volunteer in classrooms, with church groups, and at sporting events where they spend their energy and time. But have you ever had your child take a Mother's Day quiz about you and NOT rolled your eyes when the answer to the question reads something like this:

Q: My Mom's favorite thing to do on the weekend is...
A: Fold Laundry


Does your daughter know that you used to dream of being a princess?

Or that you hated math class and wished you could go to a science camp instead?

Does she know that you made dolls from rag mops and cornstalks because you thought Laura Ingalls had the perfect life?

I was recently sorting through a website for ebooks here and it occurred to me that so many of the classics that I read as a student are not being given to our children. What a pity. We have lost the meaning of literature when it comes to our children. Steve Baranick, author of says this about children's literature:

"The phrase children's literature means something different to me than simply children's books. To me literature is the good stuff, the children's books that have stood the test of time."

"These children's books - by definition - aren't "current," but I think you'll find many of them timeless. And how nice it'll be to share with your children literature that you yourself read as a child!"

This is exactly why I want to begin a book club for my daughters. I want to share with them the love of children's literature and see the joy they feel as they excel in their understanding of classic writing styles. I want them to come to me after a high school Lit. class and comment, as I did at 15; "I don't understand why they have such a hard time with Shakespeare. It's just the same as reading the Bible." and "Do you KNOW how many kids in my class have read Poe? Three... two boys and me!"

And so... Now I start to bring my dreams to fruition by beginning this timeless journey of literary exploration with my Ladies!

Here are a few great sites if you are considering starting a children's book club of your own:
I am linking to these parties:
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Marvelous Mommy said...

I love the Mother-Daughter book club idea! That's so funny about Mom's favorite thing is to fold laundry! NOT! lol

I'd like to do something like this in the future with my little ones. She's only 15 months right now.

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Cindy Hudson said...

I can't say enough good things about being in a mother-daughter book club with your daughters. Yes, it opens up avenues for conversation on topics that would otherwise not come up or would be difficult to bring up.

Please feel free to use my website as a resource. I also have a published guide called Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother Daughter Book Clubs that may be helpful to you. You can look for it at your library.

While I recommend current books as well as some classics, you may still find helpful information about setting up and running your book club. And once you get going, I would love to hear back from you with any advice that you think may help others get started.

Good luck on your venture!

Denise said...

What a great idea! I'm going to add this to my INSPIRED BY... post on my blog.