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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 1: #PictureBooks, Family #Reading, #Homework + #AR

JRBPlogo-smallToday, I will be sending out a 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 growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book and middle grade) and one post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone (seeking comfort from favorite picture books). I also have a post about the emotional benefits of family reading and another about drawbacks to computerized reading programs like Accelerated Reader. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter, and one post with more detailed quotes from an article about homework

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I somehow finished four middle grade books and five adult titles. I read/listened to: 

  • Michael Northrop: Polaris. Scholastic. Middle Grade Science Fiction. Completed October 21, 2017. Review to come.
  • Paul Noth: How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens. Bloomsbury. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed October 22, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
  • SunnySideUpJennifer L. Holm (ill. Matt Holm): Sunny Side Up. Graphix. Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed October 23, 2017. My daughter had me read this one to her, after she had already read it herself. I was glad that I did read it, because there are topics worthy of parent/child discussion here. 
  • Kazu Kibuishi: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1). Graphix. Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed October 24, 2017. My daughter insisted that I read this one, after she had finished it. It's not really my sort of thing, but I was glad that she liked it. 
  • Joy Ellis: Stalker on the Fens (Nikki Galena, Book 5). Joffe Books. Adult Mystery. Completed October 18, 2017, on MP3. I still like this series... 
  • Lea Waters: The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish. Avery. Adult Nonfiction. Completed October 18, 2017, on Kindle. This was an interesting read, and I am trying to be a bit more strength-focused in dealing with my daughter as a result. 
  • Brett Battles: The Destroyed (Jonathan Quinn, Book 5). CreateSpace. Adult Thriller. Completed October 21, 2017, on Kindle. These are popcorn books, almost entirely plot, but I enjoy them. 
  • Dan Ames: A Hard Man to Forget (The Reacher Files, Book 1). CreateSpace. Adult Thriller. Completed October 22, 2017, on Kindle. This is kind of a Reacher spin-off, and this one I didn't really care for. The conclusion came much too quickly, without the plot being fully formed. 
  • Joy Ellis: Captive on the Fens (Nikki Galena, Book 6). Joffe Books. Adult Mystery. Completed October 25, 2017, on MP3. I think that this series continues to improve. 
  • Harlan Coben: Don't Let Go. Dutton Books. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed October 31, 2017, on MP3. I found this standalone (with cameo from Myron Bolitar) satisfying, though one scene was a bit disturbing. The trouble with audio is that one can't easily skim... But I enjoyed it overall. 

AmuletBook1I'm currently listening to The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co., Book 5) by Jonathan Stroud and reading iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge. My daughter and I are still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire together at breakfast. We're up to the scene in the graveyard and expect to finish fairly soon. For her own reading, she is currently working her way through the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. She didn't think that they were books she would want to re-read, however, so we got them from the library. The ones she reads over and over again are more realistic and character-driven (Real Friends, Babysitters Club), whereas the Amulet series is fantasy and apparently more plot-driven, so this makes sense to me.

She's also still re-reading the Lunch Lady series on a regular basis. The other night we played a couple of family rounds of Clue (her first time playing, except for an attempt with friends a couple of years ago). She got bored waiting for us during our turns, and started reading a Lunch Lady book while playing. Despite this, she somehow managed to win the second game, to my husband's and my astonishment. So much for our telling her that she needs to pay attention.

PomegranateWitchWe've also been re-reading some favorite picture books, and reading new and old Halloween-themed books. We had assembled a box of books to donate to a friend's school library, and I think that this sparked a renewed appreciation for the books that we wanted to keep. Also, though I didn't bother to log them on her reading list, she sat down the other afternoon and read all of our Elephant and Piggie books in one sitting (maybe 10 titles or so). I think she's getting a pretty good variety these days. As am I. 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. 

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