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 usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four children's book reviews (early chapter book through young adult) and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently. I also have one post with a literacy milestone concerning my daughter (playing librarian).
Reading Update: Continuing my middle grade reading kick, in the last two weeks I completed four middle grade titles and one adult title. I read/listened to:
- Lee Bacon: Joshua Dread. Delacorte Press. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 8, 2015. I think I'm going to wait to talk about this book until I read the others in the series.
- Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Changeling. Open Road Media. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 11, 2015, on Kindle. I reviewed this title (with The Velvet Room) in 2007.
- Megan Frazer Blakemore: The Friendship Riddle. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 14, 2015. Review to come.
- Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Below the Root (Green Sky Trilogy, Book 1). Open Road Media. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 17, 2015, on Kindle. I reviewed this series in 2007.
- Orson Scott Card: Shadow of the Giant. Tor Books. Adult Science Fiction. Completed April 22, 2015, on MP3.
I'm listening to The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher (Book 2 of the Tripods trilogy), and am reading I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff (Book 3 of the Unknown Assassin series, due out in June).
The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She recently declared her favorite book to be Socks! by Tania Sohn. But her appetite for new Berenstain Bears books remains insatiable. She received a Barnes and Noble gift card for her birthday, and she selected 3 Berenstain Bears Books, one Frozen coloring/activity book, one Jake and the Neverland Pirates book with little play figures included, and six Little Golden books about various familiar characters (including Lady and the Tramp). I did take the liberty of telling her that Grandma and Grandpa had only wanted her to use the money for books.
The other news in Baby Bookworm's reading life is that she's listening to a new chapter book. She spotted the first three Alice-Miranda books by Jacqueline Harvey sitting on one of my upper bookshelves, made her precarious way up onto the counter to reach for them, and insisted that she wanted to hear the first one, Alice-Miranda At School. I thought that it would be too challenging for her (after she had recently rejected the second Clementine book for not having enough pictures), but she is up to Chapter 10. Go figure! She's also been dabbling in listening to audiobooks, via a CD that we have of some Disney Princess stories.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.