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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 25

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 1610 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have seven book reviews (three picture books, one middle grade, and three YA), one children's literacy roundup, and three posts wrapping up links that I shared on Twitter

Cybils2012I had two other posts that I am not sharing in the newsletter this week. The first was an announcement about RIF's new STEAM initiative. The second was an announcement about my selection as a panelist for the 2012 Cybils Awards in Fiction Picture Books. Nominations for the Cybils open Monday, October 1st at the Cybils blog. Anyone can nominate books in the 10 categories (ranging from picture books to young adult), though there are some changes this year regarding author and publisher nominations. Stay tuned at Cybils.com for more details. Currently, a new category is is being introduced on the blog each day.

Reading Update: In the past 3 weeks, I finished one middle grade book, four for young adults, and two for adults. I seem to have been on a YA kick, but am starting to crave some middle grade, so the pendulum is bound to swing back soon.  

  • Charles Gilman: Professor Gargoyle (Lovecraft Middle School, Book 1). Quirk Publishing. Middlge Grade. Completed September 20, 2012. Review to come. 
  • Gwenda Bond: Blackwood. Strange Chemistry. Young Adult. Completed September 11, 2012. My review.
  • Lois Lowry: The Messenger. Laurel-Leaf. Young Adult. Completed September 15, 2012. Not reviewed, but referenced in my review of Son.
  • Lois Lowry: Son. Houghton Mifflin. Young Adult. Completed September 15, 2012. My review.
  • Sarah Rees Brennan: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, Book 1). Young Adult. Random House. Completed September 19,2012. My review.
  • Louise Penny: The Beautiful Mystery. Minotaur. Adult. Completed September 8, 2012, on Kindle. An unusual installment in this series, with no visit to the town of Three Pines, and only a couple of regular characters featured. But still interesting, and also heartbreaking.
  • Lisa Lutz: The Trail of the Spellmans. Simon & Schuster. Adult. Completed September 21, 2012, on MP3. The Spellman books are not traditional mysteries (no murders, no single case being followed, etc.), but they are always entertaining. 

I also continued to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. I haven't been able to add new titles to our web-based reading list, due to some technical difficulties that I'm experiencing with my blog host, TypePad. But I am tracking them in a text file for now. We read about 300 books in the past month. 

Current Baby Bookworm favorites include This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, At the Boardwalk by Kelly Fineman & Monica Armino, and I'll Save You Bobo by Eileen & Marc Rosenthal (aka "new one Bobo book"). She also continues to love all things Duck and Goose (series by Tad Hills).  

As for me, I'm reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, taking my time because I don't want it to end. I'm listening to A Wanted Man, the latest Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child. So far almost nothing has happened, but it's still gripping. Impressive.

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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