Today I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms weekly 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 books and raising readers. There are currently more than 400 subscribers.
This week I have three book reviews (two for early elementary school children and one for young adults), a Kidlitosphere round-up with links to useful posts from the past week, a Children's Literacy Round-Up, and a book give-away offer (five copies of Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy - the deadline is Friday at noon Pacific time). I also have three short posts that each link to articles that I published elsewhere this week (at First Book, NCFL Literacy Now, and TypePad).
I also contributed (with Sarah Stevenson) to a couple of link round-up posts on the Cybils blog this week. And I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of you that the deadline for nominating titles for the 2008 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards is TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 15th). Anyone can nominate titles (one per person per category). You can find a list here of posts in which people have highlighted great books that have somehow not yet been nominated. You can find the posts on which you nominate titles (by commenting) here. Sarah has also created a new, downloadable Cybils flyer, which you are welcome to save and print, if you would like to help spread the word about the Cybils. You can also now become a fan of the Cybils awards on FaceBook (just search for "Cybils Awards"), thanks to the efforts of Anne Boles Levy and Jackie Parker.
In terms of reading for this week, I've recently finished The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King, Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key, and Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten. This last one I reviewed on Amazon, but won't be reviewing on my blog. I will be reviewing The Dust of 100 Dogs when I have more time. My review of Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup has also been generating some interesting discussion in the comments about YA books that push up from the typical boundary of high school. What have you read lately that you have found worth discussing?
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