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 1478 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have six book reviews (two board books, three picture books, and one YA). I also have one children's literacy roundup (with full detail), and a post about a Publisher's Weekly article on the influence of moms who blog about children's books.
I will be reviewing more picture books than usual in the coming weeks, as I am a first round judge for the Cybils in Fiction Picture Books (see our list of 264 nominated titles here). I won't be able to review all of the titles, but I am trying to highlight the ones that particularly catch my eye. (Please note that my selection of which titles to review reflects my own personal impressions, and is not any indication of the overall Cybils judging process.)
Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I finished only two books, one middle grade and one YA (as well as various picture books and board books read aloud to Baby Bookworm, here, here, here, and here):
- Jessica Day George: Tuesdays at the Castle. Bloomsbury. Completed October 23, 2011. Review to come later this week.
- Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Completed October 20, 2011. My review.
I'm still listening to Lee Child's latest Reacher novel, The Affair, on my MP3 player, and also listening to Gabrielle Zevin's All These Things I've Done on CD in my car. I'm currently reading E. Lockhart's Real Live Boyfriends (a Ruby Oliver book) in print, and Lauren Myracle's Shine on my iPad.
Baby Bookworm is taking more interest in picture books these days, but is still primarily interested in books that have something tactile about them (touch and feel, flaps, cutouts, etc.). She is currently obsessed with The Grasshopper Hopped! by Elizabeth Alexander (in which the reader can pull flaps to make the grasshopper hop in and out of things), and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Salina Yoon (in which there are cut-outs, and also a picture that includes balloons). Sandra Boynton's Fuzzy Fuzzy also remains a favorite.
How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.
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