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: Can you believe it's July already? I can't. Anyway, in this issue I have four book reviews (picture book to YA). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post about a new literacy milestone for my daughter (writing her own book).
Reading Update: For the past couple of weeks I've been in a serious reading slump (as is Sherry from Semicolon - maybe it's a summer thing). I keep starting and abandoning books, which means that I've completed very few. In the past two weeks I finished one early chapter book, one young adult title, and two adult titles (both audiobooks). These are basically the only books that didn't put me to sleep. I read/listened to:
- Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (ill. LeUyen Pham): The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party. Candlewick Press. Illustrated Early Chapter Book. Completed June 18, 2015 (read aloud to my daughter). Review to come, closer to publication.
- Stephanie Oakes: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Fly. Dial Books. Young Adult Fiction. Completed June 21, 2015, on Kindle. I found this one compelling, but had a hard time getting past one major coincidence, and decided not to review.
- Tana French: The Likeness. Penguin Books. Adult Mystery. Completed June 22, 2015, on MP3. This book did completely hold my attention, and it convinced me to go back and listen again to the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series (which I read probably 7-8 years ago).
- Charlaine Harris: Day Shift (Midnight, Texas: Book 2). Ace. Adult Mystery. Completed June 27, 2015, on MP3. I like this new series by Harris. It's reminiscent of the Sookie Stackhouse books, but with a lot less R-rated content.
I'm listening to The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, and reading The Stellow Project by Shari Becker. I have a stack of partially read middle grade novels on my nightstand right now, but I suspect that the problem is me, so I'll likely give them another try before giving up on them. I am looking forward to the audiobook of the newest Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place book, which is next in my queue.
The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She adores the second Princess in Black book (The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Part), and has already listened to that one twice. We've been reading to her a little bit less, however, because at bedtime she wants to read Bob books to us first (and then we're all tired). She is working her way through the various Bob book collections, and it is very fun to watch her improve. Her repertoire of sight words is increasing every day, as is her ability to recognize a new word from page to page (not having to sound it out every time).
She is also crazy about the books in the Arthur Chapter Books series. I picked up six from the library the other day. I realize that technically these are books that she's meant to read to herself when she's a little bit older. But she wants us to read them to her now. And my view is that, pretty much, what she wants goes. My first priority is for her to enjoy the reading time - if this is what she enjoys, good for her. [We do have a rule that we don't read the Bob Books to her - she gets that this wouldn't make any sense.]
Speaking of "what she wants goes", we did read the first half of the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book. I had told her that she wasn't old enough, but she begged and begged. She saw the first few minutes of the movie a year ago, while we were waiting for a ride at Universal, and it made a strong impression. So I compromised by agreeing to the first chapter. After we stopped halfway through, though, she never asked to go back, which I took as a sign that I was right - she wasn't ready. There's a whole bit from Vernon Dursley's viewpoint, and I don't think she's ready for the idea that the author could intend the reader to feel differently about something than the character does.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.