Today, March 4th, is World Read Aloud Day, sponsored by LitWorld. Here's the description from LitWorld:
"World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories."
You might also remember that the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report found that "83% of kids ages 6 to 17 say they love(d) being read aloud to." See an updated press release from Scholastic for details.
Also 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 issue I have four book reviews (picture book through middle grade), two installments of my new #KidLitFaves series, and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently.I also have one post with a new Literacy Milestone for my daughter, and a post about books that I have liked enough to pass on to my husband. Not included in the newsletter, I shared some links related to Read Across America Day.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I completed one middle grade, one young adult, and two adult titles. I read/listened to:
- Ransom Riggs: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. Middle Grade/Middle School. Completed February 20, 2015, on MP3. I did not review this audio read, but I did enjoy it, and look forward to the further adventures of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.
- D. J. MacHale: Strike (SYLO Trilogy, Book 3). Razorbill. Young Adult Fiction. Completed February 22, 2015. While I quite liked the ending of this book, and the wrapping up of the questions posed through the trilogy, I found this title a bit didactic for my personal taste.
- Nancy Newman: Raising Passionate Readers: 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life. Tribeca View Press. Adult Nonfiction. Completed February 27, 2015. Review to come shortly. Definitely recommended.
- D. E. Stevenson: Listening Valley. Sourcebooks Landmark. Adult Fiction. Completed March 3, 2015, on MP3. This was my first audio read of what I do believe is my all-time favorite book. Needless to say, I enjoyed it immensely.
I'm reading Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World by Naomi S. Baron on Kindle and The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson in print. I'm listening to Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson. The books we been reading to my daughter can be found here.
My daughter recently finished listening to a chapter book that I had been looking forward to reading with her: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (illustrated by Marla Frazee). She actually liked Clementine so much that after I had read her the first 2-3 chapters one night, she asked her babysitter to read to her from the book the next day. After a marathon 45 minute session, and she came running into my office, full of excitement. "Mommy, I readed the whole chapter book of Clementine."
I must confess to having been a tiny bit disappointed not to have been able to read the rest of the book to her myself. But I know that the important thing was that she was able to spend time listening to a book that she was excited about, even though I was busy working. And luckily for both of us, there are six other books in the series (and in a happy coincidence, the 7th book, Completely Clementine landed on our doorstep just this week). I put my foot down, however, and told her that she really should listen to the books in order, otherwise there would be surprises ruined.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.