Tonight I will be sending out the third issue of my new Growing Bookworms weekly email newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here (just remember that you have to click the link in the confirmation email from FeedBlitz in order to activate your subscription). The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's books, reading, and literacy. This week's issue contains reviews of four book (two for young adults and two for elementary school readers), my weekly round-up of literacy news, a Kidlitosphere round-up with links to useful posts from the week, and an announcement about a new issue of The Edge of the Forest, an online journal dedicated to children's literature.
One thing that's not included in the newsletter, because it's a bit long, is my recent interview with Rick Riordan, author of the best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (which starts with The Lightning Thief). I do highly recommend that you click through to read this interview on my blog, if you have time. Rick has some very important things to say about books for kids, and raising readers. Here's a paragraph to motivate you to read the whole interview:
"My biggest advice to parents: get involved with your kids' reading. Read with them. There is no such thing as being too old for reading aloud! Find out what they're interested in and let them pursue it. Make friends with a librarian or a local bookseller. Expect your children to have a reading time at home every day, but let them decide what they will read. Model this behavior by being a reader yourself! If you're too busy to read, guess what . . . your children will be too. And don't worry if your child isn't reading Harry Potter when she's five, or War and Peace when she's in eighth grade. This isn't a race. It isn't for bragging rights. It's about getting connected with a good story, and learning to become a lifelong reader and learner."
The only other posts not included in this week's newsletter are:
- A post with the schedule for the final week of the Robert's Snow Blogging for a Cure event. The auctions for these wonderful snowflake ornaments, each custom designed by a children's book illustrator, begin November 19th. If you are looking for a unique and lovely holiday gift for someone, one of these snowflakes would be an excellent choice. And your money will help the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via the Jimmy Fund.
- Various posts with day-to-day schedules for the Winter Blog Blast Tour, a series of approximately 50 author interviews that took place various blogs last week. In addition to my Rick Riordan interview (mentioned above) I also spoke with Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. You can find a complete list of all the interviews at Chasing Ray.
The Growing Bookworms newsletter will continue to contain a subset of content already included on my blog, Jen Robinson's Book Page. If you already read my blog online, there's no need to subscribe. However, if you have trouble keeping up with blog reading, and would like a weekly email update focused on book reviews and literacy news, then this newsletter is for you. It is also my hope that parents, authors, teachers, librarians, and other adult fans of children's books, people who may not visit blogs regularly, will learn about and subscribe to the newsletter. If you could pass it along to any friends or colleagues who you think would be interested, I would be very grateful. Thanks for reading!