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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: March 20

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 1650 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I am including six book reviews (two picture books, two middle grade novels, and two young adult novels). I also have one Children's Literacy Roundup, a quick post about a literacy milestone in my homeand a list of several of Baby Bookworm's favorite picture books.

I also have an announcement that I hope some of you will find useful. I've started a new Growing Bookworms Facebook Page, where I'll be sharing tips, research results, and book recommendations, all with the aim of helping parents, teachers and librarians to grow bookworms. Not so different from what I'm doing in this newsletter, but in a more immediate format. I hope that you'll consider checking it out. If you "like" the page, you'll get these updates in your Facebook timeline. 

Not included in the newsletter this time around I have:

One other note about the newsletter is that I have recently upgraded to the Pro version of Feedblitz, which means that there will no longer be any ads in the newsletter. I haven't had a lot of complaints about the ads that came with the free version, but they've always bothered me. I've also tweaked the format a bit - this is my first attempt to send using the new template, so please bear with me if it turns out to need a bit more adjustment. It's all in the name of improvement. 

Reading Update: In the past 2 weeks, I finished 2 novels for middle grade readers, 1 novel for young adults, and 1 adult nonfiction title. I read:  

  • J. E. Thompson: The Girl from Felony Bay. Middle Grade. Walden Pond Press. Completed March 6, 2013. Review to come.
  • Kate Messner: Hide and Seek. Middle Grade. Scholastic Press. Completed March 15, 2013. My review.
  • Jennifer E. Smith: This Is What Happy Looks Like. Young Adult. Poppy. Completed March 11, 2013, on digital ARC. Review to come.
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Adult Nonfiction. Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Completed Maarch 19, 2013. This was a thought-provoking read, though more immediately relevant to my work than to my blogging. 

I'm currently reading Mousenet by Prudence Beitrose, and listening to Shades of Earth by Beth RevisAnd, of course, I'm reading every day to Baby Bookworm. She has fun little literacy milestones all the time now. Today we were reading Cat the Cat, Who Is That?, immediately after having read Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep, and she said "This book by Mo Willems, too." I thought: "How neat. She's starting to recognize favorite authors." Because that's part of being a reader, isn't it? Having favorite authors. 

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

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