Tips for Growing Bookworms: #5 Visit Libraries and Bookstores: A Booklights Reissue
Okay for Now: Gary D. Schmidt

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: May 17

JRBPlogo-smallToday 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 1396 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book review posts (all middle grade titles) and one children's literacy roundup. I also have two Booklights reissue posts with the fourth and fifth entries in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series. All of my posts from the past two weeks are included in the newsletter.

Reading Update: I spent two days away by myself last week, which significantly increased my reading total (it was a little reading/relaxing retreat - truly wonderful!). Since the last newsletter, I finished nine books (besides various picture books and board books, see those here and here):

  • Kristen Tracy: The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter. Delacorte Press. Completed May 5, 2011. My review.
  • Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm: Babymouse #14: Mad Scientist. Random House Books for Young Readers. Completed May 7, 2011.
  • Jennifer. L. Holm and Matt Holm: Squish #1: Super Amoeba. Random House Books for Young Readers. Completed May 8, 2011. My review.
  • Jeanne Birdsall: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed May 11, 2011.
  • Roald Dahl: Matilda. Puffin. Completed May 16, 2011, on MP3. Fun to listen to this book, and compare it to the movie, which I love (the movie is pretty true to the book, but with some added detail).
  • Gary D. Schmidt: Okay for Now. Clarion. Completed May 16, 2011. This book is so, so wonderful!
  • Cecelia Ahern: The Book of Tomorrow. Harper. Completed May 12, 2011.
  • Lauren Myracle: Bliss. Amulet. Completed May 12, 2011.
  • Meg Cabot: Abandon. Point. Completed May 13, 2011.

Reviews for some of the above books are still to come. I'm currently listening to The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (when I'm by myself) and The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (when Baby Bookworm is listening with me in the car). I'm reading Lauren Henderson's fourth and final Scarlett Wakefield mystery, Kiss of Death, and reading D.E. Stevenson's Celia's House aloud to Baby Bookworm.

The other reading-related thing that I've been enjoying is that 13-month-old Baby Bookworm has started pointing things out in books, and making connections between what she sees on the page and what she sees in real life (Where's the bear's nose? Where's Mommy's nose? etc.). This is making read-aloud much more fun for me (although she's still prone to tear at and chew on picture books, so we're mostly sticking with board books right now).

How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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