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Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors of all time.  Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, Little Earthquakes, the list of books that I started reading and couldn't put down goes on and on.  Now Jennifer Weiner has a series for girls in middle grades (ages 8-12) that celebrates girl power and we couldn't be more excited!  The second book in the series - Little Bigfoot, Big City - was just released.  My older daughter read The Littlest Bigfoot in record time and has already made quite the dent in Little Bigfoot, Big City

Jennifer Weiner books for girls

To celebrate sharing one of my all time favorite authors with my daughters, we decided to host a mother-daughter book party!  Since one of the main characters in The Littlest Bigfoot series lives in the forest (she grew up in a Bigfoot clan!), we decided to go with a rustic, woodsy theme.

Little Bigfoot Big City

For snacks, we created a Popcorn Bar which may have been the hit of the party.  It was super easy to do.  First we popped a ton of popcorn and then set it out on parchment paper.  We melted chocolate and caramel and then drizzled it over a batch of popcorn.

Popcorn Bar

We left one bowl plain in case anyone didn't have as big of a sweet tooth as our family.  Then we set out toppings like mini M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, Kit Kat chunks, sprinkles and cinnamon & sugar.

Jennifer weiner

To stick with our rustic theme, the girls made their own popcorn mixture in brown paper bags to snack on at the party and then they could easily take any leftovers home with them.

how to make a popcorn bar

The Littlest Bigfoot series explores themes of self-love, positive body image, and friendship between girls. It follows a very special bond between two young characters – Alice (born in the human world) and Millie (born in the Bigfoot world!) – and is a wonderful example of the importance of friendship in a young girls’ life.

My daughters and their friends are big into projects so we planned two fun and useful crafts that celebrate friendship to do at the party.  First, I purchased wood slices and had a stencil made from DetroitStencils with a quote from the book, "A good friend is the most valuable thing you will ever have."   

little Bigfoot, big city craft
I purchased wood slices and had a stencil made from DetroitStencils with a quote from the book, “A good friend is the most valuable thing you will ever have.”  

The girls did an amazing job with their work with minimal help from the moms.

stenciling for kids
fun crafts for kids

The girls were really supportive of each other's work.  They were so cute!

little Bigfoot big city

All of the girls couldn't stop talking about how they were going to display their works of art in their rooms.

crafts to go along with the littlest Bigfoot

The other project we did was make a Mother-Daughter journal.  The idea behind these is that sometimes when you get to the middle school age, it might be difficult to talk to parents about certain topics but writing in this journal and passing it back and forth every night can keep communication open and gives a chance for kids to ask hard questions without the embarrassment factor.

Both Millie and Alice in The Littlest Bigfoot series struggle with things that young girls relate to, like dealing with bullies at school, or being concerned if their body looks different than other kids. The girls’ friendship lets them lean on each other, but I want my daughters to know they can always lean on me as well. We had a lot of fun creating these journals and I can’t wait to start using them.

the littlest Bigfoot

We used composition notebooks and butcher paper to create our Mother-Daughter Journals.  The girls designed the covers for the books.

mother daughter book party

Then the moms helped use foam brushes and glue to attach the covers.

mother daughter journals

Didn't they do an amazing job?  Our Mother-Daughter Journal is ready for action!

mother daughter journals
Books like The Littlest Bigfoot and Little Bigfoot, Big City are so important at this age. Girls can connect to these characters and also related topics and themes to their own lives.

Being a tween can be really tricky and, as a parent, I am always looking for ways to empower my girls to stand up for what's right.  Books like The Littlest Bigfoot and Little Bigfoot, Big City are so important at this age. Girls can connect to these characters and also related topics and themes to their own lives.

Jennifer Weiner books for girls

We are so excited to share this Jennifer Weiner series with our friends so everyone got a copy of both books to take home!  While books 1 and 2 are available now, the third and final book in the series will be available in 2018.  I see a mother-daughter book club in our future!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for partnering with us on this post.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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