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 1766 subscribers. I send out the newsletter once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (all picture books). I also have posts about improving literacy for babies by using a rear-facing stroller, a literacy milestone for Baby Bookworm, and how reading to kids build background knowledge. I also have two posts with literacy-themed links that I shared on Twitter recently. Finally, I have a post about my session at the upcoming Kidlitosphere Conference in Austin, TX.
The only recent post not included in the newsletter this time around is one about WordGirl's Word of the Month for October (Supernatural), with a few spooky book suggestions.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I read one middle grade and two young adult fiction titles. I read:
- Catherine Gilbert Murdock: Heaven is Paved with Oreos. HMH Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade / Middle School. Completed October 30, 2013. Review to come.
- Christopher E. Long: Hero Worship. Flux. Young Adult Fiction. Completed October 17, 2013. Review to come, closer to the January publication date.
- D. J. MacHale: Sylo (The Sylo Chronicles, Book 1). Razorbill. Young Adult Fiction. Completed October 25, 2013. This was a fun page-turner, the start to a new series by the author of the Pendragon books. I couldn't resist the premise, in which a small island off the coast of Maine is invaded by an elite military unit, and cut off from the rest of the world (for murky reasons). But I think I'll wait and review after the next book comes out, as this was mainly a recreational read for me.
I'm still listening to The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. I haven't decided what to read next. Baby Bookworm has been dabbling in listening to early chapter books. The other night we had a tiny literacy milestone when instead of asking for "just one more book", she begged for "just one more chapter." But we are still taking the chapter books in very small doses, and mostly reading picture books and early readers. We're currently reading Busybody Nora from Johanna Hurwitz's Riverside Kids series (most of which are sadly out of print). This early chapter book series was a recommendation from Anamaria Anderson, and is a great fit for us.
You all may appreciate the fact that Baby Bookworm asked to be Pink-A-Girl for Halloween. Pink-A-Girl is Pinkalicious' superhero Halloween costume in Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat. It was a pretty easy costume for us. We purchased a pink cape and a tiara, and she wears these with pink clothing (we've had several dress-up occasions already). Very few people are familiar with Pink-A-Girl, but Baby Bookworm, at 3 1/2, is completely indifferent to this. It pleases her to be like Pinkalicious. And that pleases me.
Are any of your kids dressing up as book-related Halloween characters? Wishing you a fun-filled, treat-filled, scare-filled holiday. Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.