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 the newsletter out every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this fairly brief issue I have four book reviews (picture book to young adult) and two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently.
I also shared two posts on my blog about the Cybils book awards and the upcoming Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon). I'm going to be a Round 1 Judge in Fiction Picture Books for the Cybils this year, which means that I'll be reading lots and lots of recent picture books. And I encourage those of you who are interested in children's and young adult literature to consider attending KidLitCon. This year's theme is Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?. The conference will be held in Sacramento, CA on October 10-11 (you can attend either or both days). The deadline for KidLitCon registration is this coming Friday. Attending KidLitCon is a wonderful experience, and a chance to be surrounded by kindred spirits.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I completed two books, one young adult novel and one adult mystery. I read:
- Sarah Rees Brennan: Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, Book 3). Random House. Young Adult. Completed September 16, 2014.
- Louise Penny: The Long Way Home (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed September 19, 2014, on Kindle.
I also read about half of Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson, but decided not finish it. It was slowing me down too much -- I found the narrative confusing and the story slow-paced. I'm currently reading H20 by Virginia Bergin on Kindle (ARC) and Sky Jumpers Book 2: The Forbidden Flats by Peggy Eddleman in print. I'm still listening to the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by (of course) J.K. Rowling.
As always, you can see the list of books that we've been reading to Baby Bookworm here. While she still mainly requests picture books, she listened to her first Magic Tree House book last week: Magic Tree House #3 Mummies in the Morning (Full-Color Edition) by Mary Pope Osborne. Last night, my husband started reading her Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday. And yes, I know that these are books that she's meant to read by herself when she's a little bit older, but I try to go with where her interests lie. She went to the library last week and came home with a whole stack of Arthur, Caillou, and Berenstain Bears books, which we've been reading, too. We just received our first Scholastic Reading Club flier of the school year, so we'll be making some selections from there, too.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.