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 514 subscribers. (Yay! I've been hoping to cross the 500 subscriber mark for a while - many thanks to all you who have recently signed up, and then been patient while I took a break over the holidays).
This week's newsletter, after a two week absence, is filled with content. I have six book reviews (three picture books, one set of three titles for early elementary school, one book for later elementary school/middle school, and one for high school). I also have a link to this week's Children's Literacy and Reading Round-Up at TubTalk, two posts with Kidlitosphere news, and an announcement about the Cybils shortlists. The only post not included in the newsletter this week is one listing all of my books read in 2008, with links to reviews. That one was just too long to include.
It feels SO good to get back to reading and reviewing books after a hectic December. In addition to the reviews included here, I have reviews forthcoming for Double Helix by Nancy Werlin, Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins, and Natalie & Naughtily by Vincent X. Kirsch. I'm currently reading an adult mystery, Bone by Bone, a new standalone title by Carol O'Connell, the author of one of my favorite series', the Mallory books. I'm also looking forward to the arrival of the Cybils shortlist titles for the Easy Reader category (I'm a judge), and to reading the shortlist titles in the other Cybils categories.
Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms! I wish you all a book-filled, joy-filled year.