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How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

By Melissa Taylor  January 20, 2015

After reading Lori’s book, I am convinced that having a strong purpose of addressing issues like Lori suggests, could be a great way to support girls as they journey through the tough tween and teen years.

Lori shows how we can use books, movies and other media to prompt discussion and critical thinking. She gives background for each topic, book suggestions, discussion questions, fun activities, other media suggestions, why the topic matters, as well as advice.

The topics Lori suggests are: gender stereotypes, the sexualization of girlhood, teaching girls to define themselves from the inside out, dealing with “mean girls,” encouraging healthy relationships and behavior, encouraging inclusiveness, laying a foundation for female leadership, and developing concern for the welfare of women around the world. Read more…

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Her Next Chapter

By Lauren Margolin  October 31, 2014

Thank you Lori Day for sending me this amazing book in exchange for an honest review. I read very few non-fiction parenting, self-help or empowerment books for Good Book Fairy, but one about book clubs could not be resisted!! Moms, aunts, guardians and grandmas…grab those 7-9 year old girls now and start a book club with them! Of course, as Lori deftly explains, there is beauty and bounty in sharing a book with someone, especially one you’re raising and instilling good and moral values in. However, beyond the reading of the books, it’s the time spent with one another, the importance of listening to different opinions and ideas in a safe, nurturing place while broadening each other’s horizons socially and emotionally. She covers topics such as gender bias, body image, mean girls, cyber-bullying, healthy friendships and girls as leaders through her excellent book suggestions. She offers discussion questions for many of the books and will guide any mom to be an excellent mother/daughter book club facilitator. Read more…

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By Melinda Ott  August 8, 2014

This is a book I can really get behind.  I’m an avid reader (obviously) and I know how important it is for children to read.  I had planned, in a few years, for my daughter and I to join a Mother-Daughter book club, so I was already in the choir on this one.

For anyone who is in my position of being sold on Mother-Daughter book clubs, who might be considering, or has never heard of them, this is a great book.  Day sets up the book quite well–the first 3 chapters are devoted to the mechanics of the book club.  As a member or alumni of several clubs, I appreciated these tips.  From the 4th chapter one, she devotes the books to different topics, complete with recommendations for book and movies (with appropriate age suggestions) and activities.  Folks, these are some heavy, heavy topics and it had never occurred to me how valuable something like a Mother-Daughter Book Club could be in relation to these issues. Read more…


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Review of Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More


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By Jackie Gropman  August 5, 2014

The authors, mother Lori, and daughter Charlotte, collaborate on a very personal account of their five years in a book discussion group of mothers and daughters during the girls’ pre-adolescent and early teen years. Full of helpful strategies for running a book group, the authors also include lists of titles along with discussion questions, activities, and media sites. This is much more than a guide for a mother/daughter book group. The book covers a wide range of issues from self-image to sexual identity to abuse of women, all with accompanying resources and quotes from mental health specialists. Read more…


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Book Review: Her Next Chapter By Lori Day And Charlotte Kugler

By Giorgia  July 27, 2014

When I was growing up, I didn’t worry about how I looked. I certainly didn’t worry about being sexy. I didn’t even know what that meant. My wardrobe featured all the colours of the rainbow, including blue. Pink was only a small part of it. I played with Barbies and watched Disney princess movies, but I also played ball or hide-and-seek with the boys.

But a lot has changed since then. Toys that used to be gender-neutral are now found in the boys’ aisle. You’ll know when you’ll reach the girls’ one. You’ll be greeted by an overwhelming sea of pink. Most clothes for girls come in pink too, and more and more often, they are becoming shorter, skimpier, and sporting inappropriate messages such as “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” or “Future Trophy Wife”. Read more…





Book Review: Her Next Chapter

By Gio  July 15, 2014

I’ve always loved reading. It’s a passion that I have inherited from my mother. But, as far as I can remember, we’ve never read anything together. I don’t even recall her reading to me, although that probably happened when I was very little. I hadn’t realised what a missed opportunity that was until I read Her Next Chapter by educational psychologist and consultant Lori Day. In Her Next Chapter, Day explains the myriad of benefits of mother-daughter book clubs. They foster a closer-connection between a mother and her daughter and provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to discuss difficult topics with your little girl. Read more…



Her Next Chapter is About to Start

By Carrie Goldman  July 14, 2014

For over ten years now, my top go-to strategy when one of my kids has been grumpy is to grab a book, pull the unhappy child onto the couch, and read a story.  The act of reading soothes me; listening to the words eventually settles my out-of-sorts child. Read more…


McKenziePreparing the Way for My Daughter: Reading Lori Day’s Her Next Chapter

By McKenize Lynn Tozan  July 13, 2014

…When I was a child, there were well-defined toys-for-girls aisles in the stores where my mother shopped, and all of the toys we looked at were offered in pink; but it was still a new enough idea that buying the colorful or gender-neutral option was not considered out-of-bounds by observers. However, issues with sexuality and the new pressures of social media were totally lost on my mother, a Baby Boomer; and we were left with little to get us through the tween and teen years. Though I am in a far better position in this way than my mother, I carry no delusions that I understand every single thing my daughter will have face and the sorts of pressures that will be presented to her that may have not been prevalent when I was her age. However, having Her Next Chapter on hand, as “cheesy” as this might sound, is a great reassurance and what I believe to be a much-needed tool in my future as a mother. Read more…



Book Spotlight ~ Her Next Chapter


My Quick Thoughts:  I have had the chance to flip through this book, and it has me SOLD.  I am looking forward to approaching some of the parents of my daughter’s friends and starting up our own Book Club.  This book is full of great advice for how to go about starting a mother-daughter book club and there are lists of book and movie recommendations each focused on a particular issue of relevance to girls today (e.g., bullying, gender stereotypes, body image, leadership, and so on).

To give concrete examples, negative body image is explored through the book Beauty Queens and the movie Hairspray; harmful gender stereotypes are addressed via books like The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and the movie Bend It Like Beckham. The book also includes discussion questions and recommended activities through which moms can stimulate thoughtful conversations and promote media literacy, mothers and daughters can learn to identify the cultural impediments that women face, and can understand more fully why and how they occur and recognize the impacts of these challenges throughout their lives.

My bottom line is that this book is so incredibly well done and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Just go out and get your copy NOW! Read more…

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Bonding over books: How to start a mother-daughter book club

In the book, Day goes beyond recounting her own experiences with Charlotte to consider what she would do differently were she starting the club now, both as a result of what she learned through her experiences and the ways in which our culture has continued to change. Read more…

Read ‘Her Next Chapter,’ transform your relationship with your daughter, and change the world

While I was reading Her Next Chapter, the new book out on mother-daughter    book clubs, I got chills. Multiple times. I felt so excited because I kept getting ideas about how to talk to my daughters about issues that are important to them. Before this book, when bringing something up like bullying, it was not uncommon for me to feel uncool, out of touch, or intrusive. I am still all of those things, but now I see a bridge I can cross, or at least walk half way over to meet my kid: a mother-daughter book club. Read more…


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Her Next Chapter: Media Literacy Puts Mothers-Daughters On Same Page

Like Harry Potter’s protective cloak of invisibility, I’ve always found media literacy to be a powerful shield in the battle for hearts and minds of children, capable of an almost magical form of inoculation against some of the more toxic cues being served in our cultural zeitgeist.

Now, just in time for Mother’s Day, a new book hits the stands as a media literacy gift to us all, parlaying the fun informality of a mother-daughter book club into a potent, positive elixir with lasting effects. Read more…


Her Next Chapter {Book Review}

I give this book two very enthusiastic thumbs up, and recommend it for teachers who might use it to form classroom book clubs, and moms who are interested in exploring a book club, or great literature with their girls.  The book would also be of interest to parents of girls period, as it does a great job of discussing contemporary issues facing our daughters. Read more…


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Book Review: 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 with Charlotte Kugler

Much has been written about how difficult commercialized culture is on girls growing up today. Sexualization and impossible body aspirations are just a few of the destructive values and behaviors marketed to young girls on a daily basis. Her Next Chapter suggests parent-child book clubs as a unique tool for moms trying to help their daughters navigate the difficult transition from little girl to young woman. Such book clubs are a great way to encourage bonding but they also provide a springboard for talking freely about issues and concerns facing girls today. Her Next Chapter provides a step-by-step blueprint for forming a mother-daughter book club. It also offers guidance for dealing with bullying, negative body image, gender stereotypes, and other 21st century issues for girls. Read more…



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