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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 4

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 through young adult). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post with my daughter's latest numeracy milestone (doing sudoku puzzles). Numeracy milestones are a new addition to this blog, and I welcome your feedback. 

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

  • Jonathan Stroud: The Hollow Boy: Lockwood and Co., Book 3. Disney-Hyperion. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed October 25, 2015, on MP3. This is a strong series, and I look forward to the next installment. 
  • Kekla Magoon: Shadows of Sherwood (Robyn Hoodlum). Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed October 30, 2015, on MP3. I read this book because a bunch of people really liked it, but it didn't work quite as well for me. I think this was a case of the audiobook magnifying flaws that I might have otherwise glossed over. 
  • Gretchen Rubin: Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Crown. Adult Nonfiction. Completed October 24, 2015, on Kindle. I learned about this author from Amy at Sunlit Pages, and I found this book about how our personalities affect our ability to change habits quite useful. [For example, I am an Abstainer, not a Moderator, which explains why I can give certain foods up completely, but have trouble with moderation.]
  • Gary Taubes: Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It. Anchor. Adult Nonfiction. Completed October 27, 2015, on Kindle. I learned about this book from Better than Before, and found it fascinating. It's basically about the effect of carbohydrates on the body. 

I'm reading Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick and listening to These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. We read fewer books to her in October than we did in September, mostly because we had a lot of travel. She's been particularly interested in the Berenstain Bears lately, having us read certain titles repeatedly. I think she is using them to process ideas about certain issues. We've also been reading a lot of Fancy Nancy books, which I always appreciate for the vocabulary. 

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

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