Tonight I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms 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 826 subscribers.
Newsletter Update: In this issue, I have six book reviews (3 middle grade and 3 young adult titles), two posts with Kidlitosphere news, and one children's literacy round-up. Not included in the newsletter, I have:
- A list of all the books that I read in June.
- A two-part post with links to continuing discussions on reading and grade levels and the value of escapist summer reading.
Reading Update: In the past two weeks, I was able to get quite a bit of reading done. I read:
- Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner: Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth! Orchard Books. Completed June 29, 2009.
- Jordan Sonnenblick: Dodger for President. Feiwel & Friends. Completed June 25, 2009. My review.
- Eric Wight: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom. Simon & Schuster. Completed June 27, 2009. My review.
- Sarah Prineas (ill. Antonio Javier Caparo): The Magic Thief: Lost. HarperCollins. Completed June 27, 2009. My review.
- Kate Messner: The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed June 28, 2009. (Review forthcoming - I'm saving it until closer to publication)
- Rebecca Stead: First Light. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed July 3, 2009. (Review coming out later this week)
- Michael Grant: Hunger: A Gone Novel. HarperTeen. Completed June 23, 2009. My review.
- Catherine Gilbert Murdock: Front and Center. Houghton Mifflin. Completed June 24, 2009. My review.
- Maggie Stiefvater: Shiver. Scholastic. Completed July 1, 2009. My review.
- E. Lockhart: The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed July 4, 2009.
- E. Lockhart: The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon--and me, Ruby Oliver. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed July 4, 2009. (Review of both E. Lockhart books forthcoming)
- Charlaine Harris: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1). Ace. Completed June 24, 2009, on MP3. Oddly addictive, though I don't generally care for listening to books this explicit on audio. The southern accent really worked for me, though, in liking the character.
I'm currently taking a short break from reading books that I feel like I need to review (call it blogger's guilt -- it's impossible to read great books and not review them, but if you don't feel like writing reviews, then it's necessary to find other outlets for reading). So I'm reading Life Sentences by Laura Lippman, an adult mystery title. How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!