Top 10 Books for Parent-Child Book Clubs with Tweens and Teens


By Lori Day  January 18, 2016

As the author of a book about mother-daughter book clubs, and as a parent who often read books with my daughter at home, I cannot speak highly enough about the transformative power of literature. My favorite part of sharing books with my daughter is having a discussion that begins with some aspect of the plot or the characters, and then watching it shift seamlessly to a discussion about something similar that is going on in her own life. Whether during our book club meetings or in private historically these were conversations that might otherwise have never arisen. In those magical moments, the awkwardness and resistance that often prevent kids from talking directly to their parents about things that really matter just melted away thanks to the distance a “fictional” story presented. Read more…


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By Shannon Rigney Keane  September 30, 2015

To prepare for the Girls Leadership Parent & Daughter Book Club pilot, I collected heaps of children’s books. Books littered my desk, office floor, bedside table, and even my car. No library or bookstore was safe with me walking by.

But the most powerful book I read while thinking about this program was not a children’s book. It was Her Next Chapter by Lori Day.

I expected some book recommendations, and neat book club tips. But this book was so much more. Ms Day uses her experiences with her own mother-daughter book club as the basis for this book, and underscores how a mother-daughter book club is uniquely positioned to support girls through the challenges of modern childhood and beyond. Throughout the book, Ms Day’s grown daughter Charlotte Kugler provides her perspective on how being in a mother-daughter book club impacted her. Read more…

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Opening and Closing Books With Your Daughter



By Juliet C. Bond  February 5, 2015

Our mother/daughter book club of two has allowed Lilly and I safe ground to explore her worries and my fears in a way that frames our story in tiny shards that are flaked across the landscape of the imaginary instead of the harder, real life pains that we cannot close like a book. Read more…


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Unique book group helps mothers, daughters connect


By Melissa Erickson  January 6, 2015

As the idea of starting a book group began to form, they decided to find one mother-daughter pair from each of the five Ames elementary schools.

That way the book group could be like a “neutral sounding board” where the girls would feel comfortable talking about how the books relate to their own lives.

“If they’re experiencing or witnessing bullying at school, it might be weird to talk about it there, but we can read a book about it and then they freely talk about it with each other here and with us,” Hamilton said.

The girls had all just finished third grade when the group started meeting in May 2013. Read more…



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By Kathy Sloan  January 5, 2015

Raising children today is harder than ever before.

“No other generation of parents had an intruder in their home [the Internet], deliberately undermining the values they try to pass down to their kids,” says Lori Day, a Massachusetts mother, educational psychologist, and author of Her Next Chapter: How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip and So Much More.

When she was raising her now-grown daughter Charlotte, Day felt that girls’ clothing and the media were over-sexualizing young women, and she wanted to find a way to balance that negativity. She and her daughter enlisted some friends and started a book club, one that would last six years. Book clubs not only encourage reading, but also can create an empowering environment for girls. Clubs can also give mothers a support network, too, as social media often leaves us feeling we aren’t doing enough. Read more…


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Author Lori Day Tells How Moms Can Empower Girls Through Mother-Daughter Book Clubs



By Taylor Bennett  October 3, 2014

Lori Day, educational psychologist, parenting coach and author, still believes it takes a village to raise a child. Additional support is vital in today’s overly sexualized culture, which pressures girls to grow up too fast, according to the author. Around 15 years ago, Day put her beliefs into action. Read more…


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Using Mother-Daughter Book Clubs to Raise Strong Girls

By Lori Day  October 2, 2014

One of the most fulfilling and most memorable undertakings of my parenting journey was the formation of a mother-daughter book club, a collaboration with my then eight-year-old daughter and four other mother-daughter pairs that would last for six years. We all discussed the need to counteract stereotyped and sexualized girl culture with positive messages about who girls and women really are and what they can do. Read more…


Girls SucceedRaise Girls to Be Leaders, Allies and Agents of Change

By J.Q. Rose   September 19, 2014

Today we welcome author Lori Day to the Girls Succeed! blog. In a previous Girls Succeed! blog post I offered suggestions for starting your own Mother-Daughter Book Club based on Lori’s book, Her Next ChapterBecause I believe Lori has many positive messages to moms and girls, I invited her to be our guest. And she accepted!

I am thrilled to introduce you to Lori Day and to share her guest blog post. Read more…



Mother-Daughter Book Clubs: Helping Girls and Moms Find Their Way

By Kelly Wallace   September 4, 2014

Lori Day, a mom, educational psychologist, parenting coach and new author, remembers that day about 15 years ago so well.

She was reading something in The New York Times about how clothing manufacturers were marketing adult fashions directly to girls as young as her daughter, who was 7 at the time.

Frustrated, she headed upstairs to her “clunky old Dell desktop computer” (remember, it was 1999) and wrote her first letter to the editor. Read more…


SuEllen Together, We Are Changing the World for Mothers and Daughter

By SuEllen Hamkins  July 9, 2014

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to catch-up with Lori over the phone. She had started their book club with four other mother-daughter pairs in 2000, when her daughter was in third grade, with the specific intention of providing girl-empowering perspectives and enriching mother-daughter bonds. One key impetus was offering alternatives to hyper-sexualized portrayals of girls common in the mainstream. Read more…

Caroline LeavittLori Day talks about Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More

By Caroline Leavitt  July 1, 2014

We need to empower girls and educational psychologist and consultant Lori Day has written a groundbreaking book: her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and so much more. A co-founder and member of the board of Brave Girls Want, a think tank of girl empowerment experts who advocate for healthier media and products for girls.I’m honored to have her here. Thank you, Lori! Read more…



How Not to Raise a Mean Girl

By Kelly Wallace  June 19, 2014

Day, who is out with the powerful new book “Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip and So Much More,” says mothers really have to “model being allies to other women.”

“When girls see their mother gossiping with a female friend about another female friend, putting down someone because of how they look or their weight … it’s modeling the wrong thing for girls,” she said.

She recommends being explicit with young girls about this philosophy. “You can say, ‘I really try not to tear other women down. I try to build them up,’ ” said Day, who wrote the book along with her recent college graduate daughter and devoted an entire chapter to dealing with mean girls. Read more…


The MamafestoGiveaway: Her Next Chapter

By Avital Norman Nathman  June 19, 2014

Lori’s book is incredibly useful for parents struggling with ways to help their daughters survive girlhood with a sense of agency and empowerment.And these aren’t just platitudes. Her Next Chapter is divided into topics, tackling issues like bullying, LGBT/gender-nonconforming girls & women, leadership, mean girls, body image and more. Each chapter provides suggested reading, discussion questions and offers some reflection by Lori’s daughter and co-author, Charlotte. And, with the push to create book clubs, she reminds us how important intentional community is – what better way to ride these waves of parenting than with others that are right in the thick of it alongside you? Read more…


Heather Vogel FrederickIn the Spotlight: Lori Day

By Heather Vogel Frederick  June 19, 2014

Lori and Charlotte’s new book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More (Chicago Review Press) has just been published, and it’s a great resource for all you mother-daughter book clubs out there. I’m so happy that Lori is here today to talk with us! Read more…


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Starting a Parent-Child Book Club


In her book, Ms. Day explains that mother-daughter book clubs can address the negative aspects of today’s culture for girls and women, and how to overcome harmful media influences through book discussions and activities that are engaging, empowering, and fun. Mothers can use suggested books to create a place outside the modern girlhood box that their daughters can inhabit and in which they can thrive. Read more…


Literary bonds: Authors reveal benefits of mother-daughter book clubs

By Steve Pfarrer  May 29, 2014

“Her Next Chapter,” published by Chicago Review Press, looks back on the experience Day and Kugler shared and forward to the next generation of girls, all of whom are dealing with an ever-growing online world — from texting to Facebook to Instagrams — that Day says can exacerbate issues girls already contend with, including bullying and body image. Read more…


Parenting by the book: 3 new releases

By Emily Laurence  May 22, 2014


This is a great book to spark some dialogue about real issues teen girls face, using popular media as the conversation starter. Author Lori Day offers up movies and books to watch and read with your daughter, plus includes some questions about things that matter, like gender stereotypes, sexism, bullying and relationships. Expect a mix of buzz-y books and movies you’ll both be excited to get into. Read more…



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By Suzanne Cassidy  May 11, 2014

Lori Day’s daughter was 8 when Day started a mother-daughter book club.

The club, which endured for six years, proved to be a safe haven in which girls and moms could freely discuss the challenges of modern girlhood.

Now Day has written “Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More,” published by Chicago Review Press. Read more…


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Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Boost Voice For Both

May 11, 2014

Although much of the focus of this book–and others on the same topic–is on what mother-daughter book clubs, where mothers, daughters and their mom-daughter friends read and discuss books together, can do for girls, I can’t stress enough how much these clubs can do for mothers as well. Some mothers will find the endeavor easy, while others may find it less so, at least initially. But everyone will gain the support from each other that they need. Read more…



Mother-daughter book clubs a way to connect, empower

By Jeanne Kolker  May 9, 2014

“I think that mother-daughter book clubs are a great place for girls to practice leadership,” Day said by phone from her home near Boston.

“If you give them the power to make the reading list and lead the discussion and you read books about role models and heroines, it’s a chance to talk about what girls can do in their own lives,” she said. Read more…


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Her Next Chapter is a New Book Showing How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Empower Girls

By Shannan Younger  May 1, 2014

Being a tween girl in today’s plugged in, sexed up, media saturated, fast paced world is far from easy. Being a parent of a tween girl isn’t a walk in the park, either.

Psychologist, parenting coach  and author Lori Day wrote the book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More with her now college-aged daughter, Charlotte Kugler, after they experienced the power of mother-daughter book clubs first hand. In the book, Day described her mother-daughter book club, which she formed when her daughter was 8 year-old and lasted for six years, as “one of the happiest and most memorable undertakings of her early parenting years.” Read more…


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Village Voice: Mother Daughter Book Clubs Offer Empowering Approach to Raising Brave Girls

By Jen Jones and Cynthia Hornig  May 1, 2014

In 2000, Lori Day and her then 8-year-old daughter Charlotte Kugler formed a mother-daughter book club. It included four other mother-daughter pairs and lasted six enriching years. Their shared book club experience is the inspiration behind Her Next Chapter, a just released book the dynamic duo wrote together to guide a new generation of moms (and any female role models in the lives of girls) through the challenges of girlhood. Read more…



illusionistsGuest Post: Using Mother-Daughter Book Clubs to Raise Confident Girls in a Culture Where Sexualization and Gender Stereotypes are the Norm

April 20, 2104

Years ago, as the working mother of a young daughter, I sometimes struggled to achieve that elusive work/home “balance” women often speak of so wistfully. I looked for ways to spend quality time with my daughter. One of the most fulfilling and most memorable undertakings of those years was the formation of a mother-daughter book club, a collaboration with my then-eight-year-old daughter and four other mother-daughter pairs that would last for six years. Read more…


Girls, Moms, Form Bonds Through Book Clubs

By Ronni Gordon  April 14, 2014

Charlotte Kugler ’14 and her mother, Lori Day, have written a book about the ways that mother-daughter book clubs can help girls grow into strong, self-confident women. Read more…


How to Parent? Hard Science, Light Humor: Parenting Books 2014
By Kathryn E. Livingston  Mar 07, 2014

Today’s parents have science savvy—they demand evidence-based information, but want it delivered with cleverness and wit (who has time to read a dry scientific treatise when baby’s diapers are wet?). To wit, the spring/summer lists include a number of meticulously researched but reader-friendly and entertaining titles parents can pick up and put down at their leisure (or rather, when junior’s schedule allows a break).  Read more…


Family Book Clubs Strengthen Reading Skills and Relationships

By Shannan Younger Feb 2014

“Anything that gets kids reading and gets them excited about turning the page is what you should be reading, even if that’s comic books,” says Lori Day, educational psychologist, parenting coach and author of “Her Next Chapter,” a book about mother-daughter book clubs to be released this spring.

She adds that family book club can also be a way for parents to impart family values, be it racial identity, religion or appreciation of the arts.

Books connect parents and kids in new ways and tackle a variety of important subjects that are sometime hard to discuss, such as bullying and sexualization.

“When reading about what is happening to the characters in a book, the discussion can pivot from what’s happening to the protagonist to what’s happening with the kids in the club,” Day says. “Children start talking about their real lives and the club allows a side door into a conversation that’s hard to start out of the blue.” Read more…

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