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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 27

JRBPlogo-smallToday 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 currenty send the newsletter out every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book to middle school), two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, and a post about with tips from Scholastic about getting kids preschool ready. I have two posts about my daughter's journey to literacy, one in which we celebrate the arrival of a box of Fancy Nancy Books, and the other in which she eagerly awaits the arrival of a particular book. Not included in the newsletter, I posted an update about the Cybils and KidLitCon, and how bloggers can participate in both. 

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I read five middle grade books, one young adult book, and one adult nonfiction title. I read:

  • Holly Webb (ill. Marion Lindsay): The Case of the Stolen Sixpence: Book 1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Early Middle Grade. Completed August 15, 2014. Review to come.
  • George Hagen (ill. Scott Bakal): Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle. Schwartz & Wade. Middle Grade. Completed August 18, 2014. Review to come.
  • Annie Barrows: The Magic Half. Bloomsbury USA. Early Middle Grade. Completed August 21, 2014, on Kindle. No review, but I plan to read the second book, and may review both after that. 
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Scholastic. Middle Grade/Middle School. Completed August 21, 2014, on MP3. This was the toughest of the Harry Potter books to get through on audio - it is quite long, and Harry is angry all the time. But now I'm on to Book 6!
  • Elizabeth Enright: Return to Gone-Away. HMH Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade. Completed August 25, 2014, on MP3. This was a re-read of one of my all-time favorite titles, a perfect book for summer. Here is a review from 2009
  • A. J. Betts: Zac & Mia. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Young Adult. Completed August 15, 2014. Review to come.  
  • William Deresiewicz: Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Free Press. Adult Nonfiction. Completed August 24, 2014, on Kindle. This book posed some interesting ideas about America's higher education system. There were things that I agreed with, and things that I did not. But it did make me think!

I'm currently reading Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix (ARC). I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceAs always, you can see the list of books that we've been reading to Baby Bookworm here. I've continued stocking our breakfast table book rack (new titles at least once a week). This has definitely led to more requests for us to read to Baby Bookworm during or immediately following meals. Not that I should really be calling her Baby Bookworm at all. She started Pre-K this week!

What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. 

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