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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: April 8

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 usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this relatively brief issue I have four children's book reviews (picture book through middle grade) and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently. I hope to get back to sharing #KidLitFaves and literacy milestones soon - I've had a combination of travel and medical issues (recovery from dental surgery) that has knocked me off of my blogging stride. 

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I completed four middle grade and two adult titles. I read/listened to:

  • Jeanne Birdsall: The Penderwicks in Spring. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed March 31, 2015. My review.
  • Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Completely Clementine. Disney Hyperion. Middle Grade. Completed April 1, 2015. Review to come. 
  • Kate Hannigan: The Detective's Assistant. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade. Completed April 2, 2015. Review to come. 
  • Henry Clark: The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade. Completed April 3, 2015. Review to come. 
  • Stephen King: The Shining. Anchor. Adult Fiction. Completed March 28, 2015, on Kindle. A re-read, no review.
  • Orson Scott Card: Shadow Puppets. Tor Books. Adult Science Fiction. Completed April 3, 2015, on MP3. A re-read, no review.

I'm definitely on a middle grade kick right now. These are the books that go down most easily when I'm feeling a bit under the weather. I'm listening to Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card, and reading Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She remains quite into the Fly Guy books. She also recently pronounced D. W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners by Marc Brown her "favorite" book. Our most popular literacy activity lately has been playing "I Spy", as in "I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter ...". (which my daughter for some reason always says with a southern accent ("Ah spah"). I don't know why. But it is helping her to recognize letter sounds.

She had a birthday this past weekend. My "Baby Bookworm" is now five years old, and starting Kindergarten in the fall.  

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

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