By Lois E. Huffman and Roslyn P. Moffitt
In 2013 we presented an institute titled, “Our Girls Are in Trouble, Too: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Girls and Reading” at the NC Reading Association Conference. We are still committed to girls’ literacy development and success in school and life. So we were pleased to learn about the new book, Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip and So Much More by Lori Day (Chicago Review Press, 2014).
Lori Day is a mother and an experienced educator. Her book offers advice and reading suggestions for strengthening relationships and building girls’ confidence and media literacy skills through mother-daughter book clubs. For more information about the book, go to http://www.motherdaughterbookclubs.com/. You can read reviews of the book at ChicagoNow and GoodReads.
In case you are not familiar with Lori Day or just want a sample of her writing, check out the post Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids? As she points out, “benefits of connection and exploration of identity accrue to fathers reading books with their sons, or fathers reading with daughters, or mothers reading with sons.” Girls (and boys!) of all ages need teachers, caregivers, and family members who know how to use books to foster discussion and personal empowerment.