Thursday, September 3, 2009

Random Thursday - Reading with your kid

About ten years ago, there was a huge "rage" in librarianship about Mother-Daughter book clubs. (I know, it's hard to use Librarian and Rage in the same sentence.) It was a very Hot Topic with the library staff because it sounded like such a great idea. I went so far as to "prove" that these groups would save society up to about $50,000 per child.

OK, it really sounded good at the time.

Since then, there is even a book series about Mother-Daughter book clubs.

Serendipitously, one group of moms and daughters formed a book group that works. They hadn't heard about the Rage in Librarianship. They hadn't read the book. They hadn't even read the fiction series. They just got together a group of fifth grade girls, and their moms, and read Ella Enchanted. And the results were surprising.
The young women in the group are always comfortable --- the Moms are much more likely to be uncomfortable with some of the discussion topics.

It is a gift to be able to talk about complicated social issues among women through the buffer of a book.
The group found out that moms don't always know what kids are worried about. And kids didn't always realize that their moms were more then just "chauffeurs and laundresses."

I've made a list of the books the group mentions reading.

Maybe it would be a great idea to start reading the same book your kid is reading, and talking about it! Doing it in a group takes a lot of the embarassment away...

What titles do you suggest adding to their list?

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