The Latte Rebellion: Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Dirtball Pete: Eileen Brennan

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: January 25

Jpg_book007Today 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 and young adult books and raising readers. There are 1349 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once a month.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have five book review posts (one young adult novel, the rest picture books and board books), along with a children's literacy roundup and a post about the recently announced ALA and Sydney Taylor book awards. I also have a post reissued from Booklights about series books featuring adventurous girls, and a quick link to a new post derived from my 5-year-old post on why adults should read children's books.

Not included in the newsletter this week, I also shared a quick post with two tidbits of Kidlitosphere news.

Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I finished four books:

  • Jeanne Birdsall: The Penderwicks. Yearling. Read-aloud to Baby Bookworm. Completed January 7, 2011. This was a re-read for me, originally reviewed here. It held up very well as a read-aloud. I continue to think of this book as a new classic, to be shelved with my cherished Elizabeth Enright titles.
  • Sarah Jamila Stevenson: The Latte Rebellion. Flux. Completed January 13, 2011. Reviewed here.
  • Georgette Heyer: Frederica. Sourcebooks. Completed January 15, on MP3. This is one of my favorite Heyer novels, and I enjoyed listening to it on audio. I frequently found myself laughing aloud.
  • Victoria Thompson: Murder on Lexington Avenue. Berkeley. Completed January 25, 2010, on MP3. This is the latest in the Gaslight Mystery series, which I always enjoy. I found the structure of this one, in which Sarah Brandt and Detective Malloy uncover much of the same information via separate interviews, a little repetitive. But a twist at the end surprised me, and I love the chemistry between the two characters.

I'm currently reading Brain Jack by Brian Faulkner (Cybils shortlist title) and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (Printz Honor title). I'm listening to The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer.

Clementine Baby Bookworm and I are reading Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker, along with various picture books. My New Year's resolution was to read more books to BB, and to keep better track of them. You can see the books we've been reading most recently in the left-hand sidebar of my blog. I'm also periodically archiving the list here (I'll likely have to break this list into multiple pages soon - we're already at 150 books). I have several more picture book reviews planned and/or scheduled to post in the coming weeks.

How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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