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 and young adult books and raising readers. There are 1485 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.
I'm dedicating this issue to today's announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.). You can find the complete list of award winners in all categories here. I'm quite disappointed to find Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now almost completely ignored (it's an honor book for the Odyssey Award, but I thought that it deserved much more recognition). But I was pleased to see some favorites from my Cybils fiction picture book judging experience on the Caldecott honor list. And I'm happy to congratulate Maggie Stiefvater on having The Scorpio Races named a Printz Honor and Odyssey Award winner. I also thought that Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck was a great choice for a Schneider Family Book Award. But do check out the full lists here, and let me know what you think.
Newsletter Update: In this brief issue I have five book reviews (four picture books and one young adult novel), one children's literacy roundup (with full details at The Reading Tub), and one post about some literacy activities beyond the book that we are experimenting with in my home.
Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I read 2 middle grade, four young adult, and two adult novels. (I flew to Boston via connecting flights, so there was a fair bit of reading time. Baby Bookworm is a champion airplane sleeper.)
- Elizbeth Enright: Return to Gone-Away. Sandpiper. Completed January 10, 2012, on MP3. This was a re-read of one of my all-time favorite titles, my first time listening to it on audio. Do you ever love a book so much that just starting it brings a few tears to your eyes?
- Rick Riordan: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2). Hyperion. Completed January 19, 2012, on MP3 from Audible. I really enjoyed this one, more so than the first book in this new series. It had a similar feel to the early Percy Jackson books, with a perfect mix of action and kid-friendly humor. There are strong supporting characters, too. I adored Ella the harpy (who was pitch perfect in the audio edition).
- Maureen Johnson: The Name of the Star. Putnam Juvenile. Completed January 19, 2012, purchased on iPad.I enjoyed this spooky YA mystery from Johnson, and look forward to future books in the Shades of London series.
- Taylor Stevens: The Informationist: A Vaness Michael Monroe Novel. Broadway. Completed January 18, 2012. This is the first book in a new series about a highly skilled, emotionally damaged woman who speaks 22 languages, and excels at ferreting out information. In this installment, she is hired to go to a dangerous contry to research the fate of a lost American teenager. Quite compelling, with aspects of Lee Child's Reacher novels and Carol O'Connell's Mallory novels, set against detailed international backgrounds.
I also, of course, continue to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. You can find our newly created 2012 Picture Book and Board Book Reading List here.
I'm now listening to Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch novel, The Drop, on MP3. I'm currently reading Taylor Stevens' The Innocent (book 2 in the Vanessa Michael Monroe series) on my iPad, and I just started reading Carol O'Connell's The Chalk Girl.
Baby Bookworm's current favorites are Tony Kenyon's board book edition of Pat-A-Cake, Alexandra Day's Good Dog Carl, and Peggy Rathman's Good Night Gorilla. She also remains obsessed with books that have pictures of common objects, like Roger Priddy's Bright Baby First 100 Words book (and others in the series).
How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.
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