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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: March 3

Jpg_book007This afternoon 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 665 subscribers. 

This week I have three book reviews, one fiction picture book, one nonfiction picture book, and one young adult fiction title. I also have a post with Kidlitosphere news, the list of books that I read in February (with links to reviews), and a link to this week's Children's Literacy and Reading News round-up at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub. I have an announcement about the upcoming Share a Story - Shape a Future literacy blog tour, and an inspiring tidbit about reading from a recent speech by President Obama. Finally, I have a guest post from author Laurie R. King, about the appeal for teens of the protagonist of her Mary Russell mystery series.

This week I finished reading Among the Mad, the latest title in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series (adult historical mysteries, set in London between the World Wars). I found it to be a worthwhile entry to the series, with a nice mix of mystery and character development. I also read two "comfort reading" books from a favorite adult author (D.E. Stevenson). I read two nonfiction titles aimed at early elementary school kids (one review included, one planned for early next week), as well as a variety of other fiction and nonfiction picture books. I had started reading the middle grade fiction title The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy and Snowcap by H. M. Bouwman, but I was unable to resist pre-empting this title when a copy of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth (young adult focused dystopian horror story) made it into my hands yesterday. All in all, it's been a pretty good week for week. What are you reading?

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