Dads Encourage Reading

Joe Kelly of the Dadman.com is a great champion of girls and of fathers.  He offers very practical, easy-to-use tips that dads put into play in daily life.  One of my favorites of his tips are those about how dads can build a love of reading in children.  It’s not hard.  And it makes a HUGE difference.

Check out his reading tips for dads on his blog and then add yours here – what works for your family?  I want to know.

The photo is Joe and our daughters reading together in  1983.  We’re still a reading-centric family, sharing books and recommendations across the country.  Books give us a rich experience of family togetherness even when we’re far apart.

Girls Choice Book Awards 2011

Do you love to read? Does your daughter love to read? A lot of New Moon Girls members are avid readers. They devour books, write reviews and trade recommendations on our safe social network.

Now we have the New Moon Girls Choice Book Awards 2011.  All the books were nominated and then the winners selected  by girls worldwide voting on our site.

Drumroll……The top 20 favorite books of girls are:

The Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling: Does anyone not know about Harry Potter and girl-worshipped Hermione and the Hogwarts gang?

Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery: Spunky red-headed orphan Anne Shirley has enchanted girls for a century with her engaging adventures on Prince Edward’s Island.

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine: Levine rewrites the Cinderella story with Ella outwitting the “gift” of obedience given her by a bumbling fairy at birth.

Dragonsdale, by Salamanda Drake: Cara tends dragons and dreams of riding her favorite, but mean girls and fatherly fears intervene.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan: All about adventures at Camp Half-Blood with Percy, his demigod allies Annabeth and Thalia, and more!

The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins: In this young adult series, 16-year-old Katniss competes for survival in a future world reality show-type competition.

The Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene: Girl supersleuth Nancy has been solving mysteries since 1930 with gal sidekicks Bess and George.

The Mysterious Benedict Society series, by Trenton Lee Stewart: Kate, Constance, Reynie, and Sticky answer a mysterious summons and subvert an evil plot at an isolated school.

The Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer: Bella’s journey into the world of vampires and werewolves unfolds in this young adult series.

The Sisters Grimm series, by Michael Buckley: Clever sisters Sabrina and Daphne solve mysteries and tangle with the Everafters in this fractured fairy tale series.

A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass: Mia struggles with challenges such as her special sensory abilities and upsets with family, friends, and beloved cat.

A Series of Unfortunate Events series, by Lemony Snicket: If it’s bad, it’s happening to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire in this funny series of misadventures.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, by Heather Vogel Frederick: The book-club girl quartet wend their way through life, laughter, friends, travel, and oh yes, books!

The Song of the Lioness series, by Tamora Pierce: Alanna is forbidden to be a female knight—can she keep her gender a secret as she fights toward her goal?

Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Muñoz Ryan: Naomi navigates a complicated family situation and a trip to Mexico with her intrepid great-grandma to discover her past.

Matilda, by Roald Dahl: A book-loving girl faces awful parents and a horrendous teacher, but finds sweet, funny revenge.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler: Something strange happens when Emily goes swimming, and she discovers secrets to her past in a mer-city.

Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech: Sal discovers how to walk two moons in another’s moccasins with the help of Phoebe, another girl whose mother has left the family.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee: Unforgettable Scout Finch is the centerpiece of this touching look at a crime that disrupts life in a small Southern town.

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B White: Affectionate pig Wilbur learns much from wise spider Charlotte in this sweet farmyard saga.

You can buy these books and support New Moon Girls at the same time. Just click on the link of each book you want to buy and add it to your cart at Amazon (you need to use each separate link). New Moon gets a small reward from Amazon for each sale. Thanks!

Share the list and tell me what you think of the books girls chose.  Have you read them?  What do you think of them?

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