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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: Middle Grade Reviews, Free #Play + #Literacy Milestones

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. 

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have two book reviews (both middle grade) and two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (appreciating Where the Wild Things Are and assigning book reports to family members). I also have one post with my daughter's latest mathematical milestone, and one about the benefits of free play. I also have one post with links that I shared on Twitter. This is a little bit of a light issue because I was on vacation last week, and have had visitors this week. I hope to catch up soon on the many article links that I've saved by not had time to share. 

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

  • Paul Doiron: The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch Mysteries, Book 1). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed March 23, 2016, on MP3. This is the first of a series about a game warden in Maine. I enjoyed it. I especially got a kick out of the Maine accents, with which the author did a good job. I will continue listening to see where this series goes. 
  • Barry Maitland: Crucifixion Creek (Belltree Trilogy, Book 1). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed March 28, 2016, on Kindle. I like Maitland's Brock and Kolla PI series (set in London). This is part of a new trilogy featuring a cop in Sydney. I was interested enough in the outcome to have to finish this but I didn't care for it. Without wanting to get into spoilers, let's just say that I didn't care for some of the protagonist's actions. 
  • Margaret Mizushima: Killing Trail (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery). Crooked Lane Books. Adult Mystery. Completed March 30, 2016, on Kindle. This is the first of a new series about a female K-9 cop in small-town Colorado. The protagonist is quite likable, and there's a hint of romance to come. I did figure out who the bad guy was a lot earlier than she did, but I'm prepared to cut her some slack on that. I'll definitely read future books. 
  • Drew Chapman: The Ascendant (Garrett Reilly, Book 1). Pocket Books. Adult Thriller. Completed April 5, 2016, on Kindle. This was kind of an odd book, about a pattern recognition genius with poor social skills who is roped into a secret project by a clandestine government agency. Garrett makes some questionable choices, but I found the plot and technical details intriguing. I do expect to look at future books in the series. 

I'm currently listening to Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson. I'm between print/Kindle books, having not decided what to read next (and having very little time to read this week anyway). I have a bunch of nonfiction queued up, but may just give myself a break and finish re-reading The Penderwicks. The books my husband and I (and our babysitter) have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here.  

My daughter turned six yesterday. For her birthday, kids in her class are encouraged to donate a book to the classroom library. My daughter chose Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, a book that she thought her classmates would appreciate. I thought that it was a fine choice. She's just started having us read Calendar Mystery #4: April Adventure by Ron Roy (she is parcelling these out by month). Her own reading skills are growing by leaps and bounds, but we expect to continue reading aloud to her for years to come. 

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. 

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