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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: January 30

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 1640 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I am including eight book reviews (three picture books, one middle grade graphic novel, and four young adult novels). I also have one post with the mid-January Children's Literacy Roundup and one post with links that I shared on Twitter. Not included in the newsletter, I also shared a press release about the results of the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report

Also not included in the newsletter as a separate post, but worth mentioning here, the American Library Assocation Youth Media Awards (including the Newbery and Caldecott Awards) were announced on Monday. You can read the official press release here. I haven't read the Newbery winner, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, or the Printz winner, In Darkness by Nick Lake. But I was thrilled to see one of my favorite 2012 titles win the Caldecott: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Also nice to see the Cybils finalists well-represented across the awards. Because the ALA Awards have been covered so extensively everywhere, I'm not going to say more here. But Travis has a great roundup of the winners and reaction posts at 100 Scope Notes. 

Reading Update: In the past 3 weeks, I finished 5 novels for middle grade readers, 6 novels for young adults, and 3 novels for adults. I read:  

Reviews of most of the above MG/YA titles are to come. I'm currently reading Prodigy by Marie Lu (having cleverly finished Legend on Prodigy's publication date). I'm listening to Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. 

And of course I'm still reading books to Baby Bookworm. She is currently obsessed with Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books, and Mia: The Sweetest Valentine, by Robin Farley. She also loves Marla Frazee's illustrations of babies. We read Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon all the time. In fact, she just popped by my computer, and pointed excitedly at the picture of All the World, saying "That my book!"

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

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