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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: June 29

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 1566 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks (this issue is a tiny bit early).

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (one picture book, one early middle grade, one later middle grade/middle school, and one YA), and one children's literacy roundup.

I also started a new weekly feature on my blog in which I share highlights from links that I posted on Twitter over the week. These are primarily literacy and book-related stories, with a sprinkling of other things that I have found of interest. You can find the first two posts here and here. If anyone would like me to start including those posts in the newsletter (or would prefer that I NOT do so), please let me know. 

Reading Update: In the past 2 1/2 weeks, I finished one middle grade, one young adult, and two adult titles. A bit of a lame showing overall, but one of the adult titles was very long. 

  • R. J. Palacio: Wonder. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Middle grade/middle school. Completed June 16, 2012. My review.
  • Dan Wells: Partials. Balzer + Bray. Young adult. Completed June 11, 2012. My review.
  • D. E. Stevenson: The Two Mrs. Abbotts. ISIS Audiobooks. Adult. Completed June 13, 2012, on MP3. This is the third and final book about Miss Buncle. I enjoyed it less than the first, but more than the second.
  • Elizabeth George: Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley #17). Dutton. Adult. Completed June 24, 2012. Library copy. This book was quite long, and a bit repetitive (the same information conveyed over again as the viewpoint shifted between characters). But I found it compelling anyway, and squeezed in time to read it whenever I could. This series has flagged a bit over the past few books, but George may be getting her groove back. 

ImagesI also, of course, continue to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. We're currently at ~1850 books read aloud for 2012 (including repeats). Current favorites include Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler, Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems, Bailey by Harry Bliss, and Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

I'm currently listening to A Million Suns by Beth Revis on MP3. I just started reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver on the Kindle. I'm reading The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson in print, but finding it slow going. I just ordered a copy of the third Enemy book by Charlie Higson, The Fear, and I may drop everything for that one when it arrives. 

How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? I hope that everyone finds lots of time for reading and relaxing over July 4th week. Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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