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 1337 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once a month.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have two book reviews (both picture books), along with two children's literacy roundups (one here, one posted in detail at The Reading Tub), and a retrospective post celebrating my blog's five year anniversary. I also have one post that was originally published at PBS Parents Booklights blog, about the power of "social reading", and an announcement about the Cybils shortlists.
Not included in the newsletter this week, I also shared an announcement about the December Carnival of Children's Literature.
Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I am sad to admit that I only finished two books:
- John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle: Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances. Speak. Completed December 27, 2010 (a re-read). My previous review.
- A. A. Milne: The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh. Dutton. Completed December 15, 2010. Includes Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Read aloud to Baby Bookworm (along with some assorted poems).
I did abandon a few other titles, mainly on audio. I'm not sure if I hit a bad stretch of books, or just was in a particularly difficult to please mood, so I'm not going to comment specifically on the books. But the situation is improving. I'm currently reading The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson, and listening to Frederica by Georgette Heyer.
Baby Bookworm and I are nearly finished with the first Penderwicks book by Jeanne Birdsall. It's a great read-aloud. I'll most likely move on to The Penderwicks on Gardam Street next. For baby books, she's returned to an early favorite: Begin Smart Animal Faces. It still makes her smile every time she sees it. I'm enjoying Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky (among various other picture books and board books).
My new year's resolutions include reading more myself and reading to Baby Bookworm every day. To the latter end, I've started a new left-hand sidebar list on my blog of books read to BB in 2011. I've found that keeping a detailed hand-coded html list, as I do with my own reads, is just too difficult to keep up. I'm going to see how the sidebar list works.
How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and a book-filled 2011.
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