I can admit it…I am a bookworm! I grew up loving to read. In fact, my parents said when they used to send me to my room for punishment purposes, they would have to add “and you can’t read a book while you’re in there either!” because I loved reading so much. As a parent, I want to instill that same love of reading with our children. Every night, I have a bedtime routine where I read a story with our 7 year old son. The girls had become a little “jealous” of this nightly event and so they were super excited when I had the opportunity to tell them about the Scholastic Mother-Daughter Book Club.
Just in time for Summer, the Scholastic Mother-Daughter Book Club launched on May 1st. The Book Club works by offering 2 new feature titles each month but for the launch of the Book Club they offered 4 titles in May! We received not only the 4 May feature books: Glory Be, Pie, Tomorrow’s Girls, The Boy on Cinnamon Street, but also the 2 June feature books too: The False Prince and Whatever After.
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood:
As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she’ll be entering high school. Then there’s her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren’t.
Pie by Sarah Weeks:
When Alice’s Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo… and then leaves.
Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner… including Alice’s mother and some of Alice’s friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy… and it’s up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
Seventh grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team—but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends—but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her—but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her—so what is it that’s holding her back?
Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when seventh grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from—and finally get the boy.
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
Louisa is nervous about being sent away to a boarding school—but she’s excited, too. And she has her best friend, Maddie, to keep her company. The girls have to pretend to be twin sisters, which Louisa thinks just adds to the adventure! Country Manor School isn’t all excitement, though. Louisa isn’t sure how she feels about her new roommates: athletic but snobby Rosie and everything’s-a-conspiracy Evelyn. Even Maddie seems different away from home, quiet and worried all the time.
Still, Louisa loves CMS—the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn’t even miss not having a TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. It’s for their own safety, after all. Or is it?
The awesome part of Scholastic’s Mother-Daughter Book Club is that not only does it give me the opportunity to spend time with my girls reading together but the program also allows us to choose books that suit their reading interest so they will be something we all enjoy together. It would also be super fun to find some other Moms/daughters locally who want to participate and then we could get together once a month and discuss the book together. It’s always interesting how one book can produce so many different opinions, life applications, lessons learned, etc.
The Scholastic Mother-Daughter Book Club website also contains recipes that you can bake with your girls that correlate to a book from the monthly book selections. In “Tomorrow’s Girls” they search in the forest for blueberries so on the website you will find a recipe for blueberry bars. There is also a monthly sweepstakes you can enter on their website to win a Skype visit from one of the authors at your next Book Club meeting. The girls chose “The Boy on Cinnamon Street” to start reading first and we are really enjoying it so far. Several nights the girls have asked to read “just one more chapter” in the book. I personally can’t wait to read “Glory Be” and plan to start it soon when we finish our current book. If you want to deepen the love of reading with your daughter, create a fun book club for Moms and daughters to enjoy together or just make memories with your child this is the perfect book club for that!
$50 VISA gift card to host your own Mother-Daughter Book Club, PLUS copies of all May and June book club titles!
*Gretta received the above products, free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of reviewer only.