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Jpg_book007This afternoon I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms weekly email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's books and raising readers. There are currently 494 subscribers.

This week's newsletter will be the last of the year - I'm taking a short break for the holidays. This issue contains no book reviews, I'm afraid, but I do have an enormous Carnival of Children's Literature (with links contributed by many other bloggers), an edition of my Reviews that Made Me Want the Book feature, a children's literacy round-up, and a couple of Kidlitosphere news posts. All of my recent posts are included in this newsletter.

I do owe you some book reviews, but I'm not sure when I'll find the mental energy to write them. Let me just say this for now: if you're looking for fun, illustrated chapter books for an early elementary school boy, definitely check out the Zack Proton series (3 books, available in paperback) by Brian Anderson. Kristin Cashore's Graceling is one of my top 3 young adult picks from 2008 (with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson). And Eva Ibbotson's The Dragonfly Pool is lovely, and highly recommended for fans of The Star of Kazan. Also, fans of the Ender books (either series) by Orson Scott Card should definitely pick up Ender in Exile. It's a bit of an odd book, in that it's set around and between the other books of both series. But it fills in lots of cracks, and is surprisingly suspenseful for a book in which we know how the major things are going to turn out. I hope to get more reading done over the holidays.

Wishing you and your a Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah, or joy in whatever it is that you celebrate this time of year. I hope that we'll read and discuss many wonderful books together in the New Year. As always, thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. Happy Holidays!