Welcome to The Girl & Grown-up Book Club!
Book Club is free, and to get the Toolkits with Discussion Questions and Meeting Guides for each book, you’ll need to sign up!
1. Sign yourself up.
Tell us a bit about yourself & your girl(s) using the form below. Then, check your inbox for our email with instructions about how to start your club, plus links to download all the toolkits so far.
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2. Gather a few friends and choose dates/ locations for your meetings
- 5 Girl & Grown-up pairs is a good amount, no more than 6.
- Some like to rotate hosting meetings in their homes, others meet at a library or community center.
3. Download your toolkits & get started!
Check your inbox for an email with the subject “You’ve signed up for Girl & Grown-Up Book Club” for instructions on how to download everything.
- For the 2017-2018 school year, we had 6 toolkits for Grades 2/3, 6 toolkits for Grades 4/5, and 6 toolkits for Grades 6/7/8
- For the 2016-2017 school year, we had 6 toolkits for Grades 2/3 and 6 toolkits for Grades 4/5
- For the 2015-2016 school year, we had 6 toolkits for Grades 2/3 books
- Follow along in the order we originally announced the books, or choose your own path!
- how to establish an inclusive group
- discussion questions to bring out the leadership themes in each book
- activity suggestions
- facilitation tips (by the end of the year, your girl might run the meetings)
- advice for creating a fun and empowering Book Club community
Girls Leadership’s Girl & Grown-up Book Club is a great opportunity for you and your girls!
1. Your girl needs you. To develop confidence and resilience, she requires a good role model. That’s you. Research shows that parents and guardians are the number one influencer of a girls’ leadership ambitions. You are the one giving her the scripts, permission, and authority to speak up and be true to herself. The Girl & Grown-up Book Club gives you the time and tools to take advantage of that awesome opportunity.
2. Books provide a safe starting point for honest dialogue. We’ll choose books about standing up for one’s self, healthy friendships, and facing conflict. Reading helps your daughter develop empathy for others, and the characters’ situations will give her a scaffold for growing ideas about the world and her place in it.
3. Girls will practice leadership skills. Girls will get to practice communication, facilitation, and healthy risk taking in the fun context of the book club. At each book club, girls will articulate their thoughts, encourage quiet voices, disagree respectfully, and take turns facilitating group discussion. We’ll give you tips for how you can support your girl as she transfers these skills to her relationships, classrooms, and larger communities.
4. You’ll build a community with other parents and parent-figures who know what you’re going through. Isn’t it nice to know you’re not alone?
5. Your girl will expand and strengthen her brave community, too. Research shows that adolescents are more resilient when they have strong connections with others. A connected girl is a confident girl, and you can support her strong relationship bonds by prioritizing shared social time.
Join us as we play, experiment, and learn. Give us feedback and ideas so we can build this powerful program together.