Friday, November 27, 2009

Savvy - Complex Chinese Cover

Savvy is being published in both Simplified and Complex Chinese. I just received my author copies of the complex editions in the mail this week. It's always so fun and interesting to see the cover art from other countries, so I thought I'd share.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Guest Blogger - Please Welcome Cindy Hudson, Author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs

Now for something new and exciting: my first guest blogger! Not only has reading with my own daughter always been extremely important to me, but, during the last year, I've also had the pleasure of meeting with some excellent mother-daughter book clubs to talk about Savvy. Cindy Hudson has written an inspiring and comprehensive guide to mother-daughter book clubs. For anyone who has thought about starting her own mother-daughter book club or is already in one but would like to know how to make the most of the experience, Cindy's book has all the answers!

But enough from me! Today, I'm turning the blog over to Cindy...


During the last couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to talk to lots of moms in mother-daughter book clubs all over the country. Over and over I asked, “What are the benefits you see to being in a mother-daughter book club?” The reasons were as varied as the women who answered, but when I looked at all of them together, I began to see a pattern. Three overriding benefits emerged that served as an umbrella to all the others: These type of reading groups are great at providing a way for moms to stay closer to their daughters as they grow, they provide a connection to the broader community, and they encourage literacy. How do they do these things?

The simple act of reading together and talking about what you read is powerful. When you read with your daughter you let her know that spending time with her in a shared activity is important to you. You’re not driving her to an activity that you will watch; you’re not distracted while you talk on the phone or answer emails. You also get to talk about what you read. That may not sound like such a big deal, but the whole world opens up through books. You may start off talking about what happens to the characters in the story, but then you may get into important, related issues in your own lives. Over the years I’ve talked with my daughters about problems with friends, worries about school, questions about sex…all issues that may not have come up, or would have been awkward to address, without the entrĂ©e given us by the book we read.

Meeting with your group also lets you branch out and connect with other moms and daughters in your community. When my first group started nearly nine years ago, I didn’t know most of the moms and their daughters. But once our meetings got going we started trading parenting advice during dinner before our discussions. We talked about difficulties our kids were having in school and shared the names of pediatricians. We brought food when someone was sick, and we went away together for the weekend. We also got to know our daughter’s peers and watch them grow. Now it’s hard to imagine a time when we won’t be an important part of each other’s lives.

Finally, when you’re in a book club with your daughter you help her keep reading for fun. As kids grow older, many of them stop reading outside of school, because other activities crowd their lives. But reading for school doesn’t inspire the imagination the way reading for fun does. One is a chore, the other is recreation. My daughters and I always look forward to reading book club books, partly because we can imagine talking about them with others in our group when we get together. We have learned to appreciate genres that weren’t particularly our favorites, and we can recognize what others appreciate in a story that doesn’t resonate with us.

I believe being in a mother-daughter book club can have a positive effect on both you and your daughter in many more small ways you’ll probably never know. It’s hard to imagine making a better investment in your future relationship with your daughter than picking up a book to read together with a reading community you create.

Cindy Hudson is the author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press, October 2009). She is the founder of two long-running mother-daughter book clubs, and she lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at and

Author photo by David Kinder.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Odds and Ends before the Holidays

I had a wonderful time in California last week. I met a lot of great kids and wonderful librarians. It was a very pleasant way to finish up my travels for 2009.

My editor and I also worked recently to finesse Chapter One of Scumble so that it can be included in the back of the paperback of Savvy when it comes out in March. It's nice to know that one piece of the book is completely finished, even as I head into the homestretch on the rest of it, and that readers will be able to get a little taste of Scumble early!

I'm looking forward to the holidays. Thanksgiving is coming up fast! It's always nice to spend time with family and friends.

But, for now, I've still got work to do!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Library Appearance - California

I have one final public appearance this year. It is this Friday, November 6th, in Belmont, California, at the Belmont Library as part of the San Mateo County Library Children’s Book Week Author Festival. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Here are the details:

November 6, 2009 - Belmont, CA
San Mateo County Library Children’s Book Week Author Festival

Belmont Library, Children’s Area
4:00 pm

1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: 650.591.8286

For more information, please contact the library. If you're in the area, stop on by and say hello!