Mother/Daughter Book Club: Second Year

Nearly everything is back to being in-person again, but the Mother/Daughter Book Club we started during the height of the pandemic is still going strong. It’s a great way for the “baby friends” – these first graders have known each other since they were infants – to stay in touch since we’re geographically scattered now. Now that the kiddos are older, I run book club less like a library storytime program: instead, we chat a bit till everyone arrives, I read a book or three, and then back off a bit for the girls to have their own time drawing, talking, and playing. (And I’ve heard some absolutely wild imaginative stories! Look for some truly inventive graphic novels to hit the shelves in twenty years or so.)

Without further ado, the books we read together in 2022:

Mother/Daughter Book Club 2022 slide of cover images
Jabari Jumps, Hornswoggled, The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom, The Polio Pioneer, Life, Marta Big & Small, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Snow, Aaron Slater Illustrator, Bathe the Cat
Cover images of books
Endlessly Ever After, Molly on the Moon, When Aidan Became A Brother, Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome, Every Dog in the Neighborhood, Mina, Flowers Are Pretty Weird, A Spoonful of Frogs
Cover images of books
Summer Camp Critter Jitters, Flowers Are Pretty Weird, Not A Bean, How to Eat A Book, Books Aren’t for Eating, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Nothing Rhymes with Orange

Last year we read 13 books in 11 months, and this year we read 24 books in 11 months (Flowers Are Pretty…Weird is on two different slides by accident, we only read it once. Though I think we also read Butterflies Are Pretty…Gross by the same author/illustrator pair). As the girls have gotten more used to and comfortable with the Zoom experience, their attention span is a bit longer, so we usually read two or three books at each meeting.

Looking at the collection above, we definitely tilted toward humor this year, as well as science topics, fairytale/folktales, and books with SEL (social-emotional learning) themes. What patterns will emerge next year? We’ll see! With Betsy Bird cranking out her annual “31 Days, 31 Lists” of children’s books, we’ll have plenty of material to choose from.