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 1746 subscribers. I send out the newsletter once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (one early chapter book, one middle grade book, and two young adult titles). I also have a post about Read Aloud's "Let's Talk" national campaign to help children's brain development, a post about memorization as a literacy milestone, and an announcement about registration for the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Conference. I have two posts with literacy-themed links that I shared on Twitter recently.
Other recent posts not included in the newsletter this time around are:
- A post announcing the start of Cybils nominations.
- An infographic to help find great recent children's books (with suggestions from Betsy Bird)
- A post and press release congratulating Reach Out and Read for receiving a prestigious award from the Library of Congress.
- A news release from Scholastic about the success of this year's Summer Reading Club.
- A post about Talk Like a Pirate Day, which was September 19th.
Reading Update: In the last 2 weeks I read two middle grade novels, three young adult novels, two adult novels and one adult nonfiction titles. I read:
- Jennifer Allison (ill. Mike Moran): Iggy Loomis, Superkid in Training. Dial. Early Chapter Book. Completed September 19, 2013. My review.
- Greg Pincus: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. Arthur A. Levine Books. Middle Grade. Completed September 20,2013. My review.
- Susan Beth Pfeffer: The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It, Book 4). Harcourt. Young Adult. Completed September 18, 2013. My review.
- Emmy Laybourne: Monument 14: Sky on Fire. Feiwel & Friends. Young Adult. Completed September 21, 203. My review.
- Sarah Rees Brennan: Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, Book 2). Random House Books for Young Readers. Young Adult. Completed October 1, 2013. Review to come.
- Lee Child: Never Go Back. Delacorte Press. Adult Fiction. Completed September 22, 2013, on MP3. In this latest installment of the Reacher series, our hero finds himself drawn back into the army, and eventually on the run from various factions. I thought this one had a nice balance of action and personal interaction, though Reacher's repeated insistence that all random outcomes have the same 50-50 odds irked me a bit.
- Kenneth R. Ginsburg and Martha M. Jablow: Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 2nd Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics. Adult Nonfiction. Completed September 29, 2013. This book had some interesting ideas - I do believe that resilience is well worth striving for.
- P.J. Tracy: Off the Grid (Monkeewrench, #6). Signet. Adult Mystery. Completed October 2, on MP3. P.J. Tracy keeps ratcheting up the stakes with these novels. I quite enjoyed this one. Great audio work by Buck Schimer, too, with the multiple voices.
I'm currently listening to The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos. I'm reading The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine. (Finding it quite depressing so far.)
Baby Bookworm received her first-ever shipment from Scholastic Reading Club this week. Her favorite new book so far seems to be A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman (which I had been wanting for a while). But she positively pealed with laugher over Mercer Mayer's I Am Helping. Let's just say she can relate to a young child believing he is helping, while actually creating chaos. There are some new titles that I picked out in our Scholastic shipment, but she has so far gravitated to the books about familiar characters.
How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.