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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: June 15: #KidLit Reviews, #StoriesForAll + #KidLitCon

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: It was a busy couple of weeks on the blog. In this issue I have three book reviews (one picture book, one early chapter book, and one middle grade) and two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (sharing things on Facebook and naming favorite authors). I also have one post about why my daughter is lucky to be a girl (reading choice), and another about why parents, teachers, and librarians should consider attending KidLitCon. I also have two posts with links that I shared on Twitter, and two more with quotes from and responses to articles about to the joy of learning

AgathaParrotAndGhostReading Update: In the past two weeks I read/listened to one chapter book and three adult titles. I also abandoned a young adult title halfway through, which did not help with my reading totals. I read:

  • Kjartan Poskitt (ill. Wes Hargis): Agatha Parrot and the Odd Street School Ghost. Clarion Books. Illustrated Early Chapter Book. Completed June 10, 2016. Review to come, closer to publication. 
  • Paul Doiron: Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch #4). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed June 6, 2016, on MP3. Still enjoying this series on audio.
  • Elly Griffiths: A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4). Mariner Books. Adult Mystery. Completed June 9, 2016, on Kindle. I'm not sure whether I didn't enjoy this installment as much as I enjoyed the previous 3 because it took me a lot longer to read, or whether it took me a lot longer to read because I didn't like it as much. But the fact remains that I didn't get much reading done these past two weeks, alas. 
  • Paul Doiron: The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch #5). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed June 13, 2016, on MP3.

ThankYouBookI'm currently listening to Nowhere to Run (Joe Pickett) by C.J. Box and reading Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky (the first V.I. Warshawski novel). I'm checking to see if the latter series, which I dipped into briefly many years ago, is a good candidate for my next audiobook series. The books my husband and I and our babysitter have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. I got her The Thank You Book by Mo Willems as a last day of school gift.

My daughter was very pleased to receive an award on the last day of school for having logged the most books read in her reading chart. The total for the school year was 1328. We've decided, even though school is over, to continue with the reading log format for the summer. I find it very helpful in tracking what other people have read to my daughter, and she really likes the sense of accomplishment that she gets from seeing the total number of books read each month. I have warned her that in future school years she likely will not read as many books, because she'll be reading longer books. But I don't think she believes me. 

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. Wishing you all plenty of time for summer reading.

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