Welcome to our website! We are a mother-daughter team who love to read. We wanted to created a space where kids under the age of 13 (sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, stepkids) and their grown-ups (mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle, babysitter) can share their opinions about some of the books they’ve read. We’ve come to realize that kids and grown-ups often don’t agree about what makes for a “good book”. In some cases, parents may not even know what some of their independent readers are leafing through. This is a place where grown-ups can become directly involved in a dialogue with the children in their lives about what they like and don’t like about about particular children’s books they are reading or have read. For caregivers, this is a forum to think about what constitutes good children’s literature, past just the enjoyment and entertainment that a particular book provides your children. For example, does it have an interesting plot or story line? Are the main characters strong role models? Are they reading at an age-appropriate level? What are the lessons learned? Is there anything scary or inappropriate for their age? As an added bonus, this site provides children the opportunity to develop critical thinking and writing skills – - skills which go hand-in-hand with reading.
The Mother: I am a 40-ish (29 forever in my heart!) mother, wife, sister, daughter, sister-in-law, niece, aunt, cousin…um, I think that covers most of it! I am on hiatus from work (although perhaps the PhD in Psychology will come in handy here) and embarking on a journey which brings together some of the things I love most in my life: my children, books, the internet, and sharing my opinions. I will read practically anything including autobiographies, parenting books, children’s books, young adult books, murder mysteries, paranormal fiction, suspense, thrillers, classics, crime, and fantasy. I get something different from each genre.
I am also interested in reading and reviewing adult books. I read a variety of genres including supernatural/paranormal, thriller/suspense, mysteries, young adult, classics, contemporary, chick lit, autobiographies, and non-fiction (especially parenting books). Ok, I admit it: I’m really starting to get into dystopian fiction. There, I’ve said it. That being said, I’ve read almost every genre and get something out of practically everything I read – I like to be surprised! To follow my reviews of adult books, please follow me on Twitter (@MDBookReviews) or visit me on Goodreads.
If you are a publisher, publicist, or author, and wish for me to review an adult book, please email me at renee at motherdaughterbookreviews dot com or click the Contact Us button in the navigation menu.
I also love running, baking, doing cross-stitch, and drinking coffee – who knows I might ramble on about those too. I’m just entering the world of blogging and reviewing books, so we’ll see where it goes. My intent is to create a space where parents and kids can share their opinions about some of their favourite children’s books. As I’ve discovered, just because I love a book series, that doesn’t mean my kids do and vice versa.
The Daughter: I am
8 9 10 years old and I’m in Grade 3 4 in a French Immersion school. I love to read. I’ve been read to before going to bed every night since I’ve been born and have been reading by myself since just before I turned 4. Now I read at least 2 or 3 books every week. I can also read, write, and speak French. I am also an artist and I love painting and drawing. This is a picture of my painting: “Starry Night”. It’s my favourite.
I have two kittens (Flame and Midnight) and one goldfish (Cupid).
I’m looking forward to sharing my opinions about the books I read.
We also have to mention that we currently live in Vancouver, BC, Canada and that there are two other members of our family. First, there is the patriarch of the household: The Dad (aka Paul) who fully supports this site and will likely be arm-twisted into providing a review or two! I’ll be sure to add a glitter name for him at his request, but it’s probably best not to just make one and post it on his behalf.
Then, there is the youngest member of our family, Dominic, whose signature is seen below. Dominic is our
five six year old, sweet little boy, who is currently in Kindergarten Grade 1 at a French Immersion school as well. He learned to read on his own at almost exactly the same age as his sister (just before he turned 4). He also is a devourer of books and I’m sure he’ll give his two cents on some of these reviews.
Here is his avatar:
Here is his zombie avatar (like I couldn’t see this coming!):
Look for his avatar (zombie or otherwise) and the flashy flamed signature when he contributes.