Tonight 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 1643 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two to three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I am including six book reviews (four picture books, one middle grade novel, and one young adult novel). I also have one Children's Literacy Roundups and two posts about preschool literacy that I wrote for the Share a Story - Shape a Future Literacy Blog Tour.
Not included in the newsletter this time around (because even after two weeks, it was getting a bit long):
- A post brainstorming ideas for how to help motivated parents find quality books for their children. I do hope that some of you will click through to this one and share your thoughts.
- Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 22
- Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 28
- WordGirl's Word of the Month for March (Villain)
- A post about what I did for International Book Giving Day, introducing the nonprofit BookMentors
- An announcement about the unveiling of Brian Selznick's poster and Grace Lin's bookmark for Children's Book Week
Reading Update: In the past 2 weeks, I finished 2 novels for middle grade readers, 1 novel for young adults, 1 nonfiction title for adults, and 1 novel for adults. I read:
- Chris Grabenstein: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Middle Grade. Random House. Completed March 2, 2013. Review to come, closer to the June publication date.
- John Bellairs: The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn. Middle Grade. Reissue from Amazon Digital Services. Completed March 4, 2013, on Kindle.
- Cassandra Clare: The Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices). Young Adult. Margaret K. McElderry. Completed March 2, 2013, on MP3.
- Heather Shumaker: It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Tarcher Press. Adult Nonfiction. Completed February 24, 2013. I really enjoyed this practical parenting book.
- Deborah Crombie: The Sound of Broken Glass (Kincaid and James). Adult Mystery. William Morrow. Completed February 28, 2013, on Kindle.
And, of course, I'm reading every day to Baby Bookworm. She is fast approaching her third birthday, and is ever more opinionated about which books she does, and does not, want to read. She is currently obsessed with a set of 12 little Mercer Mayer books that are focused on phonics. The stories are, shall we say, thin, due to the brevity of the books, but she loves them. She is also obsessed with puzzles these days. This is cutting into our reading time a little bit, but I think it's good for her development in other ways (spatial, reasoning, and fine motor skills).
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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