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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: July 15

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 issue I have three book reviews (picture book to YA), plus a post with three mini reviews of books about kids wanting pets. 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 (creating signs to express her preferences).

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I finished one middle grade and four young adult titles. I read/listened to:

  • Maryrose Wood: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book 5: The Unmapped Sea. Balzer + Bray. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed July 10, 2015, on MP3. Beware. This installment ends in a sad place with a "to be continued". Still great, but I wish I had waited for book 6 to listen to this one. 
  • Julie Berry: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. Roaring Brook Press. Middle School/Young Adult. Completed July 2, 2015, on MP3. I didn't like this one quite as much as I had expected, though it did hold my interest. 
  • Shari Becker: The Stellow Project. Skyscape (Amazon). Young Adult. Completed July 4, 2015, on Kindle. This one was interesting, but I had some issues with it (including an unresolved ending left for another book that I wasn't expecting). I'll likely read the next book, and will review if my issues are resolved. 
  • Carey Wallace: The Ghost in the Glass House. Clarion Books. Young Adult. Completed July 7, 2015. Review to come. 
  • Amanda Panitch: Damage Done. Random House Books for Young Readers. Young Adult. Completed July 11, 2015. Review to come. 

I'm listening to In the Woods: Dublin Murder Squad #1 by Tana French and reading The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn. I'm still in a bit of a reading slump, but it's getting better. 

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She's been on a bit of a chapter book binge lately, listening to several Arthur Chapter Books (mainly each in one sitting), as well as Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins and The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling (the latter with thanks to a review from Sunlit Pages). You'll notice that these books do not show up on my own reading list. This is because she tends to have big chunks of time for reading chapter books either when she's with her babysitter or right before bed (when my husband usually reads to her). I tend to get in more picture time during meals. She also will, understandably, get interested in a book, and ask whoever is handy to read her the next chapter.

I feel a tiny bit envious, not being the one to read these longer books with her. But I know that the only thing that is really important is that she's hearing and enjoying books. Still, as she gets a bit older, I think she'll have to be able to keep track of three different books at a time, so that each reader can stick with a single longer story. And eventually we will do a family read of the Harry Potter books, I hope. 

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

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