Today 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 1559 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (three picture books and one young adult title), and one children's literacy roundup (published in more detail at Carol Rasco's new blog).
I also participated this past weekend in MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge, in which participants spend as much time reading and reviewing as they can over a 48 hour period. I spent 29.5 hours reading, reviewing, and connecting with other participants over the course of my 48 hours. I read and reviewed 10 books (mostly middle grade fiction). Rather than overwhelm this newsletter by including them all, I am instead including the list of titles, with links, below. Please click through if you would like to read more about any of these books.
- Linda Sue Park: Keeping Score. Clarion Books. My review.
- Caroline Starr Rose: May B. Schwartz & Wade. My review.
- Kate Messner: Capture the Flag. Scholastic. My review.
- Lisa Graff: Umbrella Summer. HarperCollins. My review.
- James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (ill. Laura Park): Middle School: Get Me Out of Here. Little, Brown and Company. My review.
- Sarah Weeks: So B. It. HarperCollins. My review.
- H. M. Hoover: Children of Morrow. Penguin. My review.
- Sara Pennypacker: Summer of the Gypsy Moths. Balzer + Bray. My review.
- Tanita Davis: Happy Families. Knopf Books for Young Readers. My review.
- Lois Duncan: Down a Dark Hall. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. My review.
I also donated $150 to RIF's Book People Unite campaign as part of the 48 Hour Book Challenge ($5/hour, rounding up to 30 hours).
Reading Update: In addition to the 10 titles above, I read 1 middle grade, 2 young adult and 2 adult novels.
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed June 6, 2012. Review to come.
- Beth Revis: Across the Universe. Razorbill. Completed May 30, 2012. Library copy. I was intrigued by this book, a science fiction / romance / mystery novel set on a spaceship. However, it took me a long time to get through it for some reason. I'm going to hold off on a formal review and see what I think after I read the second book.
- Annabel Monaghan: A Girl Named Digit. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Completed June 4, 2012. My review.
- Thomas Perry: Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel. Mysterious Press. Completed June 1, 2012, on Kindle. A compelling new installment in the Jane Whitefield series, though a bit darker than the earlier books.
- D. E. Stevenson: Miss Buncle Married. ISIS Audiobooks. Completed June 2, 2012, on MP3. I love Miss Buncle, whether married or not, although I don't think that Miss Buncle Married is as strong a book as Miss Buncle's Book.
I also, of course, continue to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. We're currently at 1700 books read aloud for 2012 (including repeats). Current favorites include Good night laila tov by Laurel Snyder (which we're now reading twice a day, before naptime and bedtime), The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, and Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia.
Baby Bookworm (now 2 years old) has been showing ever-increasing interest in picture books (vs. board books), though we still read more board books overall (they are so much more durable, and we have so many favorites in board book format). She's also started actively seeking out new books (after a period of resisting anything that wasn't familiar). Today she pulled the 7th Trixie Belden book off the shelf and brought it to me to read to her, saying "New one!". (We put it aside for later, though I did show her the opening picture of Trixie and Honey.)
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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