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 1372 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this relatively short issue I have four book reviews (1 picture book and 3 middle grade books) and one post introducing a new board book series. I also have a Booklights reissue post about favorite fictional towns from children's literature.
There are no children's literacy round-ups this time around. Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco, and I took a break from the mid-month round-up because we put so much energy into the Share a Story - Shape a Future literacy blog tour. Terry recently put together a detailed post with links to the many Share a Story posts celebrating the Gift of Literacy. I can't recommend these posts highly enough - many excellent bloggers and literacy advocates contributed personal stories and inspiration, as well as concrete suggestions, for unwrapping the gift of literacy. I hope you'll check it out!
Not included in the newsletter this week, I shared:
- A post about World Read Aloud Day; and
- A news release about the finalists for the Children's Choice Book Awards.
Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I finished only two books (besides picture books and board books, see those here. We just passed 400 books read to Baby Bookworm for the year):
- Eva Ibbotson: The Beasts of Clawstone Castle. Puffin. Completed March 21, 2011, on audio. I found this story a bit gloomy for my taste. I thought that it was creative, but I didn't love it the way I did Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan.
- Pam Allyn: What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them. Avery Trade. Completed March 20, 2011. I'm not planning a formal review, but I am already recommending this book to parents looking for inspiration on raising readers. And I expect to refer back to it myself at least a couple of times a year, as my daughter gets older.
I've just started listening to the latest book in Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series, Bury Your Dead. I'm reading D.E. Stevenson's Celia's House aloud to Baby Bookworm (no, it's not a children's book, but she hasn't complained - this is one of my favorite comfort reads).
How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.
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