Welcome to The Parent & Daughter Book Club!
Some information about the Book Club is open to everyone, but to get the Discussion Questions and Meeting Guides, you’ll need to sign up!
1. Parents & Guardians: sign yourself up
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Each month we’ll offer two book selections – one for parents & guardians of girls in 2nd and 3rd grade, and another for the 4th and 5th grade reading level.
Have you got a girl in another grade? Sign up for the Parent & Daughter Book Club pilot anyway and we’ll send you the materials, and how to adapt them until we expand the book club to other age groups.
2. Gather a few friends and choose dates/ locations for your meetings
- 5 Parent + Girl pairs is a good amount, no more than 6.
- Some rotate hosting meetings in their homes, others meet at a library or community center.
- For the 2016/ 2017 school year, we will announce a Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5 book for October, November, January, February, March, and April. (no book club meeting in December)
Bonus: We’ll give you access to last year’s materials when you sign up.
- Last year we announced books for October, November, January, February, March, and April, focused on Grade 2/3 reading levels.
- Follow along in the order we originally announced the books, or choose your own path!
3. We’ll also share a treasure trove of materials to support you
- how to establish an inclusive group
- discussion questions to bring out the leadership themes
- activity suggestions
- facilitation tips
- advice for creating a fun and empowering Book Club community
Girls Leadership’s Parent & Daughter Book Club is a great opportunity for you and your daughter!
1. Your daughter 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 Parent & Daughter 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 daughter as she transfers these skills to her relationships, classrooms, and larger communities.
4. You’ll build a community with other parents, or parent-figures who know what you’re going through. Isn’t it nice to know you’re not alone?
5. Your daughter 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.