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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 18

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 (all picture books). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (natural spelling). Finally, I have a post about how I've been using Kindle samples to screen my reading material

Reading Update: In the past two weeks, after abandoning a few titles, I finished one young adult title and one adult title. I read/listened to:

  • Jennifer Donnelly: These Shallow Graves. Delacorte Press. Young Adult Fiction. Completed November 10,2015, on MP3. The historical details (including realistic constraints surrounding young women in the 1890s) were very well done. But the plot was quite predictable, with nary a revelation that I didn't see coming.
  • Stefanie Pintoff: Hostage Taker. Bantam. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed November 15, 2015, on Kindle.

I'm listening to A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George and reading Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay. As you can tell by my low number of books read, I'm still in something of a reading funk, and really struggling to stay awake to read anything. Thank goodness for audiobooks! And Kindle samples. 

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. Her latest obsession has been having us read Babymouse books aloud, which is always fun. She also sometimes wants us to read things that she has written herself (see this issue's Literacy Milestone), which is a new phase in our breakfast read-alouds. She is constantly scribbling away: from lists, stories, and rules to plans for what she wants to eat for breakfast every day (today was waffle day, complete with a little drawing of a waffle). This, of course, gives me great joy. 

Last night instead of having me read to her, she wanted to read The Princess in Black to herself. She couldn't really read all of it, but because she was familiar with the story, she was able to puzzle out words like "Frimplepants" and "princess" and "monsters". Quite a leap from the Bob books! (Though not at all a complete leap - she needs a lot  more practice with early readers to gain fluency.) But it goes to show that when a child is motivated to read a particular book, she can make surprising progress. 

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

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