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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: Thanksgiving Edition

JRBPlogo-smallWishing you all of you from the US a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. This year, as work demands and the holiday season combine to pile on stress, I remain increasingly grateful for the solace provided by books, and for the gift of literacy that keeps giving forever. 

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 1626 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have six book reviews (five picture books and one young adult title), one children's literacy roundup, and one post with links that I shared on Twitter. The newsletter is a bit shorter than usual because I decided to send it out before the Thanksgiving holiday. I have several middle grade reviews scheduled to come out soon. 

Reading Update: In the past 2+ weeks, I finished three novels for middle grade readers, and one nonfiction title for adults: 

  • Jo Knowles: See You At Harry's. Candlewick. Middle Grade. Completed November 12, 2012, on Kindle. Review to come. 
  • John Stephens: The Fire Chronicle (Books of Beginning). Knopf. Middle Grade. Completed November 18, 2012. Review to come. 
  • Kell Andrews: Deadwood. Pugalicious Press. Middle Grade. Completed November 19, 2012. Review to come. 
  • Paul Tough: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Adult Non-Fiction. Completed November 11, 2012, on Kindle. Not sure if I'll have a chance to write a review for this book, but I thought that it was an excellent look at the impact of character traits on success. Well worth a read to anyone interested in education. 

Right now I'm reading Book Love by Melissa Taylor on my Kindle, and reading The Expeditioners by S. S. Taylor. I'm still listening to The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan on my MP3 player. And of course I'm reading lots and lots of books to Baby Bookworm. I plan to do a post highlighting her favorites soon. How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying?

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by people you love. 

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