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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 26

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 (3 picture books and one YA), as well as a post with mini-reviews of some back to school picture books. 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 (checking out her first book from the school library). Finally, I have a post directed towards book bloggers on why they should consider judging for the Cybils Awards and/or attending KidLitCon

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I finished two early chapter books, two young adult books, and two adult books. I read/listened to:

  • Liam O'Donnell (ill. Aurelie Grand): West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher. Owl Kids. Illustrated Early Chapter Book. Completed August 24, 2015. Review to come, closer to the October publication date. 
  • Bill Harley (ill. Adam Gustavson): Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey. Peachtree Publishing. Illustrated Early Chapter Book. Completed August 25, 2015. Review to come. 
  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Fixer. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Young Adult. Completed August 14, 2015, on MP3. A fun, if rather improbable, read. I hope that there will be other books in this series about a teenage "fixer" in Washington, DC. 
  • Alan Gratz: Code of Honor. Scholastic Press. Young Adult. Completed August 16, 2015. My review.
  • Ingrid Thoft: Identify. Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed August 15, 2015, on Kindle. I'm liking this new mystery series, and have the third (and so far only other) one already downloaded.
  • Helen Simonson: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Random House. Adult Fiction. Completed August 22, 2015, on MP3. This was lovely. 

I'm listening to An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James and reading The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender in print and Starglass by Phoebe North on Kindle. I'm still finding that reading in the evening is difficult, because I get so sleepy. But this does mean that any book that I manage to complete is pretty interesting. 

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She's still interested in hearing Critter Club and Magic Treehouse books, and she's developed a particular interest in picture books that involve cooking for some reason. We actually made an attempt at Blackberry Fool, in homage to A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall (thanks to which she now also knows, in a very basic sense, about slavery). 

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

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