Maniac Monday: Cindy Hudson blog tour: Book by Book (Comment Contest)
I am so honored to be a part of WOW! Women On Writing‘s blog tour for Cindy Hudson, who is the author of a wonderful book for parents titled Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs. Cindy has been in a mother-daughter book club with her own children for several years, and she has written a book that draws on her experiences as well as other parents around the country. This is a guide book for any parent who wants to start a group with her child, or for parents who are already involved in book clubs and want new ideas!
Cindy is here with us today to answer some questions about her book. Best of all, we are giving away a FREE copy to one lucky winner who comments on this post by Thursday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. CST. You can tell us about your parent-child book club, ask Cindy a question, make a comment about her interview, or simply say, “I would love to win this book.” Please make sure to have included your e-mail address with your comment, so we know how to contact you!
Okay, on to Cindy:
Margo: Welcome, Cindy, to Read These Books and Use Them. I am so in love with your book about mother-daughter book clubs because you are doing exactly what I preach–using books! What do you think is the most important chapter in your book for mothers to read who are just starting out in the mother-daughter book club world?
Cindy: Book by Book is organized in three sections: one to help moms set up their groups, one with ideas for enriching meetings so clubs can thrive for years, and one for troubleshooting issues. The first ten chapters are a step-by-step process that leads moms through the whole process of getting started, and I think each helps them determine a crucial piece of putting together a reading group. With that said, if moms were going to read just one of those first ten chapters, I would recommend the chapter on deciding who to invite. You’ll see the moms and daughters in your group on a regular basis, possibly for years. It’s worth it to spend some time thinking about who you want those people to be.
Margo: That’s something I never really thought about before, but you are so right. It is important to have a good dynamic in your group to keep it thriving! What are two or three books that stand out in your mind that mothers and daughters particularly liked in your mother-daughter book clubs?
Cindy: Before I answer, I’ll say when everyone likes the book it doesn’t always mean you’ll have a great discussion. Often the best discussions come when the feelings are mixed. That’s when you’ll get diverse opinions that may help the moms and daughters in your group see things from a different perspective, which can be a really great function of book club.
It’s wonderful when you find books that are well-liked and give you a lot to talk about. Here are some I can recommend based on my experience:
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen—As the story flips from Bryce’s point of view to Juli’s, readers see how the same events can be seen in totally different ways by different people experiencing them.
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce—When some of the greatest art in history comes to the dying town of Manod in England, it helps the citizens find new hope and discover a way to save what they love about their town and their own way of life.
The Hermit Thrush Sings by Susan Butler—This science fiction book about a world that tries to control its citizens and keep them from discovering life outside the city walls is a great entrée to discuss freedom and all it entails.
Margo: Those sound like awesome suggestions. You make a great point about discussions. In my own book club (which is just adults) when one person doesn’t like the book, we always have a heated (and fun!) discussion. What are some literacy or comprehension skills you think girls are working on in these book clubs (and maybe they don’t even realize they are learning!:)?
Cindy: So much of what kids read is required for school, and it’s sometimes difficult for them to make time to read for pleasure. This is especially true as they continue on through high school. Yet reading for fun has been found to be crucial in the continued development of literacy skills. Mother-daughter book clubs help girls continue to read for fun. They may also be more relaxed, talking about books that they won’t have to take a test on.
When moms and daughters read together, or talk about what they read before their group gets together, they can also discuss concepts that the daughter may not have understood in a book. For instance, when my daughter and I read Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, we talked a lot about World War I and discrimination against German immigrants experienced at the time. We also talked about why people may have acted the way they did, and the book helped her see this period in history from different angles. She learned new words and phrases, like “proving up” on a land claim; and she even learned how to make a spice cake from a recipe in the book.
Margo: What an awesome experience for you and your daughter! Thank you, Cindy, for stopping by and telling us about your book. Readers, don’t forget if you want the chance to win a copy of Book by Book, leave a comment below.