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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: World Read Aloud Day 2016

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 has refocused recently, and now contains content from my blog focused on growing joyful learners, including bookworms, mathematicians, and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks. 

WRAD2016Today is World Read Aloud Day, championed by LitWorld each year to call attention to the importance of reading aloud to children. The #WRAD website says: "World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like you who participate and spread the word across the globe!" I was happy to see this morning that #WRAD16 is trending on Twitter, with lots of lovely photos for your viewing pleasure. 

Newsletter Update: In this relatively brief issue I have a post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone (doing book reports, alas), a quick idea for keeping math fun for kids by following sports, and a post about using lemonade stands for playful learning. I also have a couple of posts with quotes from recent #JoyOfLearning articles as well as two posts with other links that I shared on Twitter (including lots of links related to Growing Bookworms). 

Reading Update: In the past three weeks I read/listened to four adult titles. I read:

  • Robert Crais: The Two-Minute Rule. Pocket Books. Adult Mystery. Completed February 10, 2016, on MP3.
  • Brett Battles: Rewinder. 47North. Adult Science Fiction. Completed February 13, 2016, on Kindle.
  • Brett Battles: Destroyer. 47North. Adult Science Fiction. Completed February 20, 2016, on Kindle.
  • Brett Battles: The Cleaner. Dell. Adult Mystery. Completed February 22, 2016, on Kindle.

What can I say? I was on vacation, and I only wanted to read page-turners. Brett Battles is excellent for that. His books are all well-plotted and with a nice sense of setting. The characterization is a bit thin sometimes, but for poolside and airplane reading, these books were perfect. I'm currently reading In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore by and listening to Blood Trail by C. J. Box. 

The books my husband and I (and our babysitter) have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. We didn't get much reading done while on vacation last week. We were in Disney World, and she pretty much fell asleep on the way back to our hotel every night. But we received her latest Scholastic book order immediately upon our return, and she's been gobbling those down quickly. She was most excited about a new Critter Club book. 

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

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