Today I will be sending out a 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. I currently send out the newsletter once every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book through middle school), as well as thoughts on some recent Valentine's Day-themed picture books. I also have a post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone (reading a book aloud with me). I have two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, both chock full of book lists and growing bookworms links.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I read 5 middle grade books and 1 adult title. I read:
- Karen Foxlee: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade. Completed January 31, 2014. Review to come.
- Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine and the Spring Trip. Disney/Hyperion. Early Middle Grade. Completed February 1, 2014. Review to come.
- Maryrose Wood: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV: The Interrupted Tale. Balzer + Bray. Middle Grade. Completed February 7, 2014, on MP3. This series is sheer genius. I can't wait for the next book. I LOVE the audio versions.
- Shannon Messenger: Keeper of the Lost Cities. Aladdin. Middle Grade. Completed February 9, 2014, on Kindle. Review to come.
- Jennifer A. Nielsen: The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3). Scholastic. Middle Grade/Middle School. Completed February 9, 2014. Review to come.
- Sue Grafton: Q is for Quarry. Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed February 2, 2014, on Kindle (library copy). I enjoyed this re-immerson into the world of Kinsey Milhone, my first visit in several years.
I'm currently reading Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2) by Shannon Messenger on my Kindle and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes in print. I'm listening to Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Reading on my Kindle while I exercise has helped me to increase my reading time lately, as has extra audiobook time in the car.
We're also reading a ton of books to Baby Bookworm these days. You can check out the complete list of books we've read to her this year on my blog. I have a post due up tomorrow with some recent highlights from her reading journey. Her latest set of library books included many of the usual suspects: The Berenstain Bears, Splat the Cat, Arthur, Carl (from Good Dog, Carl), Little Critter, Max and Ruby, and Elephant & Piggie. But she picked out a few new picture books, too.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.