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 1609 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have six book reviews (one picture book, three middle grade, and two YA), one children's literacy roundup, and three posts wrapping up links that I shared on Twitter. I also shared a Baby Bookworm reading anecdote that I thought readers might enjoy.
I only had one post that I am not including in the newsletter, an announcement about applying to be a Cybils judge (the deadline for that is past now). I should tell you, however, that there is lots of activity on the Cybils blog again. Nominations for the children's and young adult book bloggers' literary awards open October 1st.
Speaking of Kidlitosphere-wide events, in case you missed it, the schedule for the sixth annual conference of children's and young adult book bloggers (aka KidLitCon) was announced recently. It's going to be a fabulous event, and anyone who is involved in writing or reviewing children's books should consider attending (especially if you are based in or near New York). I am not, alas, going to be able to attend this year. But I shall expect my friends to live-tweet the presentations, and I will certainly be there in spirit.
Reading Update: In the past 3 weeks, I finished four middle grade books, one for young adults, and one for adults. I also abandoned a couple of books that weren't working for me for one reason or another.
- Gary D. Schmidt: What Came from the Stars. Clarion Books. Middle grade/middle school. Completed August 20, 2012. My review.
- Melissa Wiley: The Prairie Thief. Margaret K. McElderry Books. Middle grade. Completed August 22, 2012. My review.
- Sara Pennypacker: Clementine and the Family Meeting. Hyperion Books for Children. Middle grade. Completed August 23, 2012. Review to come.
- W. H. Beck (ill. Brian Lies): Malcolm at Midnight. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Middle grade. Completed August 27, 2012. My review.
- Dan Krokos: False Memory. Hyperion. Young adult. Completed August 19, 2012. My review.
- Victoria Thompson: Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery). Berkley. Adult. Completed September 5, 2012, on MP3. No formal review, but this title lived up to the others in this top-notch historical mystery series.
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.
Current Baby Bookworm favorites include When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore, Not A Box by Antoinette Portis, and the two Bailey books by Harry Bliss. I'm currently listening to Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz and reading The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny on Kindle.
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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