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 1756 subscribers. I send out the newsletter once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have five book reviews (three picture books, one young adult title, and one adult nonfiction title). I also have a list of Halloween-themed picture books (with mini-reviews), a list of recent literacy moments shared with my daughter, and a post outlining actions I'm going to take after reading the new edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook. I also have two posts with literacy-themed links that I shared on Twitter recently.
Other recent posts not included in the newsletter this time around are:
- A post about the deadline for Cybils nominations and hotel discounts at KidLitCon (with some updated information about the Nov. 8-9 conference).
- The announcement of the keynote speaker for KidLitCon (Cynthia Leitich Smith).
- A news release about McDonald's planning to distribute books in Happy Meals next month (with some reservations about the books selected).
- A few quotes from a fabulous article by Neil Gaiman in The Guardian about the importance of reading for pleasure, libraries, and daydreaming. I highly recommend that you all read it.
Reading Update: In the last 2 weeks I read one young adult fiction and two adult nonfiction titles. I read:
- Maggie Stiefvater: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys, Book 2). Scholastic. Young Adult Fiction. Completed October 15, 2013. I love Stiefvater's writing and characters. And yet ... it took me a long time to get through this one. Savoring it, or is there a bit of a second-book-in-a-trilogy plot slump? I'm not sure. Perhaps a bit of both. But I'll still read anything that Stiefvater writes, any day.
- Madeline Levine: The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids. Harper Perennial. Adult Nonfiction. Completed October 7, 2013. This is an interesting cautionary tale about how some of of the most privileged kids (defined in the book as those in the top 25% of family income) are being damaged by lack of accountability, pressure to achieve particular goals (rather than focus on level of effort), and relentless praise aimed at increasing self-esteem. Not upbeat, but I'm glad that I read it.
- Jim Trelease: The Read-Aloud Handbook: 7th Edition. Penguin. Adult Nonfiction. Completed October 9, 2013. Reviewed here (though admittedly more of a recommendation and extended series of quotes than a formal review).
I'm currently listening to The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. For what it's worth, I abandoned my listen of The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos. I had hopes for this middle grade science fiction title (set on a spaceship), and I think I would have gotten through the print edition, but with the slower pace of audio I found this story too predictable. I'm currently reading Hero Worship by Christopher E. Long.
Baby Bookworm is still requesting many read-alouds each day. The other night she fell asleep immediately after some friends left. In the morning, the first thing I heard was her calling out to me, urgently:
"Mom! We didn't read any books last night!"
We had to read 5 books before breakfast. Crisis averted. Her current favorite is The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne from Tiger Tales. We also spent some time yesterday picking baby books to set aside to give to a lovely cousin of my husband's who is expecting. It must be admitted that my child will choose to keep books under the slightest pretext ("they play hide and seek in that one. I like hide and seek"), even if she hasn't looked at them in years. Still, we did come up with a box of titles that we undeniably "baby books" to pass along.
How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.