Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: May 31
In the Wake of a Baby Bookworm

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: May 31

JRBPlogo-smallToday 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 1402 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have seven book review posts (two picture books, two middle grade, and three young adult) and one children's literacy roundup (published in detail at Rasco from RIF). I also have two Booklights reissue posts: the sixth entry in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series; and a post for Memorial Day weekend about the joys of Outdoor Reading. The only post from my blog during the past two weeks not included in the newsletter was a heartening announcement from the Santa Clara City Library.

Blog Update: In addition to posts on my blog, I completed a couple of maintenance tasks this weekend that I've been meaning to do for a while. I updated my list of Recommended Children's Books by Age Range to included the books that I reviewed over the past year or so. I still need to go through and add many of my recommended picture books and board books (based on my experiences with Baby Bookworm), but at least the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School sections area bit  more up-to-date. I also made a number of additions to my list of Futuristic, Speculative, Science Fiction and Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults (including suggestions that I've been saving from several readers). I hope that people find these useful. You can also find my complete list of reviews (by age range) here.

Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I finished five books (besides various picture books and board books, see those here and here):

  • Anne Ursu: Breadcrumbs. Walden Pond Press. Completed May 21, 2011. This book is WONDERFUL. I've written the review, but am saving it until closer to the September publication date.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed May 22, 2011. Review to come this week.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed May 23, 2011. Review to come this week.
  • Elsbeth Edgar: The Visconti House. Candlewick. Completed May 26, 2011. Review to come this week.
  • Lauren Henderson: Kiss of Death (Scarlett Wakefield #4). Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed May 19, 2011. My review.

I'm still listening to The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (when I'm by myself) and The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (when Baby Bookworm is listening with me in the car). I'm reading Flood and Fire by Emily Diamand, the sequel to Raider's Ransom.

48hbc_new I plan to get some reading done this coming weekend, when I attempt to participate in MotherReader's 6th Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge. The #48HBC is an entire weekend dedicated to reading. The idea is to read as much as you can during a 48-hour period, blog about the books, and network/support other participants. More details are here. I've participated in the past, and the 48HBC is tremendously fun. I say that I'm attempting to participate because, well, I have a one-year-old daughter and a spouse who is on call this weekend. But I'm going to do what I can. Perhaps I'll just read aloud to Baby Bookworm while she plays all day Saturday...

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

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