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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: July 29

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 four book reviews (picture book and 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 (giving books to others as gifts).

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

  • Linda Urban: Milo Speck, Accidental Agent. HMH Kids. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed July 19, 2015. Review to come, closer to publication.
  • Annie Barrows: Magic in the Mix. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed July 28, 2015. Library copy. Review to come. 
  • Tana French: In the Woods. Penguin Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 24, 2015, on MP3. This was a re-listen, after about 7 years, after having more recently listened to the others in the series. It held my attention despite my remembering the ending. 

I'm listening to Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin, reading Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft on my Kindle, and reading Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter in print. Despite the appeal of summer reading in concept, I don't seem to be prioritizing reading as much as usual. And when I do make the time, I have difficulty staying awake. So my reading totals have been a bit lower than I would like. [For some thoughts on admitting that you aren't prioritizing vs. just saying that you don't have time, see this post by Gail Gauthier.]

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She was sick for a week or so with a virus. She's fine now, but for the first few days, all she wanted to do was have someone read to her. Her babysitter basically read to her all day -- too many books for me to even document. They read mostly picture books, but also some Arthur chapter books and a couple of Critter Club books. My daughter recently declared her favorite book to be A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall

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

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