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January 31, 2011


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nomadreader (Carrie)

I love it! I don't have children, but if and when I do, I plant to encourage reading in similar ways. I love the idea of a mother-daughter book club. I've always loved reading, but what I love to read has changed so much over the years. I'm glad I had free reign as a child reader. I read (and loved) a lot of silly things, but I wouldn't change a thing!

Emily McKhann

Your house sounds like it looks like mine! We have books everywhere, always within easy reach. (I especially like your basket idea - will have to add that to the mix!). My girls are broadening my horizons too, especially now that my oldest (11) is on a constant search for new reading material.

Great question by Yahoo!

Man of la Book

I assume you know about the Plaza's Eloise Suite ( scroll down).

My daughter really likes Fancy Nancy.


@Nomadreader - glad that you read silly things as a kid and still ended up as the serious reader you are today!

@Emily - yes, books everywhere. I love it!

@ManoflaBook - will have to look into it!


It's so funny when they start to develop their own tastes. I tried with my cousin and The LIttle House series and there wasn't much interest there for her.

Nancy Shohet West

I know what you mean about our own favorites not always resonating with our kids. I LOVED "Harriet the Spy," but my daughter found it a bit bewildering -- the myriad references to the subculture of city life were simply too foreign to my little farm girl -- and yet my niece, who is just the same age as my daughter, loves it. Also, while everything you are doing sounds wonderful, Gayle, keep in mind that YOU loved books as a child and probably your parents were not nearly as intentional about it as you the book groups and baskets are great, but in my experience, most kids do love books as long as books are made available to them!


I, too, am excited for this stage in Kate's and my relationship. For now, she loves to snuggle up and read Brown Bear and Goodnight Moon. With Len and me as parents she doesn't stand a chance as we are always reading something.


Your advice is awesome! I've been so lucky that all three of my kids (and my step daughter, too) love reading! I think another really important thing for new parents to remember is that you can't start reading early enough! I was holding my second baby and reading to my first one (they are 14 months apart)when they were still tiny, and they were always "reading" their board books in the car and in the bed. It was a tougher sell for my baby boy (the baby of the family), but he just finished the Harry Potter series (he just turned 10) and is on the lookout for the next great thing--and he's quite the critic too! I love your "teach by example", so true: show them you're reading for enjoyment too! I love discussing the books I'm reading with my teenage daughters. The 14 year old just finished 'The History of Love'(Krauss) and adored it! Thrilling! Once they get started, it's pretty hard to hold them back!

Great post, Gayle, thanks for sharing!

Amy @ Frugal Mama

I love this post, Gayle. Your house sounds so inviting and stimulating with all those piles and baskets and shelves of books everywhere.

That's so great that you started a Mother-Daughter book club! I love that the girls can't wait to discuss the books. Must be a great way to connect with your children, beyond the day to day.

I didn't know you wrote for Yahoo Motherboard. You continue to amaze me!

Cindy Hudson

What better gift to give your children than the love of reading? I loved your post, and would like to offer my website as a resource for your mother-daughter book club. I post book reviews, author interviews, age-appropriate reading lists and mother-daughter book club ideas at I'd love to have you visit and share ideas from your own book club.
Also feel free to check out my guidebook called Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs. I talked to librarians, parenting experts and moms in clubs all over the country and shared my own experience in two clubs to come up with advice on starting a group and keeping it going for years.

Josie Brown, author, THE BABY PLANNER

What a beautiful, inspiring post! I agree, the earlier you start reading -- and having your children read to you, the better! I did so with both my daughter and son, and both are now wonderful writers in their own right. Kudos, Gayle!


Thanks for all of the great comments! I really appreciate them. I love the great ideas and other resources you've offered here - I will definitely check them out.

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