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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: Crossword Puzzles, Playful Learning + Middle Grade Reviews

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, and is being sent a day early this week due to schedule constraints on my part.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book reviews (two middle grade books and one for adults) and two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (doing crossword puzzles and understanding the ending of an ambiguous books). I also have one post about playful learning: throwing away the instruction manual. I also have two posts with links that I shared on Twitter, and two more with quotes from and responses to links about to the joy of learning

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I read/listened to one early reader, four middle grade, and four adult titles. I read:

I'm currently listening to Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear and reading The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison. I have a business trip coming up, so I expect to get some good reading done next week. 

The books my husband and I (and our babysitter) have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. April was a good reading month for us. We turned in a healthy reading log comprising more than 160 titles. I think that the funniest reading moment for me was last week, when my daughter came down from my office with her nose buried in The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh (a middle grade novel that is pretty clearly about my daughter's current reading level). She insisted that she could read it, and was on page 3.

However, when we asked her what it was about, she couldn't say, explaining that she was working so hard to understand the words that she couldn't follow the story. I told her that she was welcome to read the book, but that she might get more enjoyment out of something a bit easier to decode. I then told her (somehow for the first time) about the Lunch Lady books by Jarrett Krosoczka. She loves spying and gadgets and the like, so I thought it would be a good fit. And it is. She's working her way through Book 1, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, determined to read it herself. 

And that, my friends, is why it's a good idea, if you can swing it, to have various books around the house. Because you never know when a particular book will catch your child's interest. 

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. 

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