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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: July 13: #GrowthMindset, #KidLit Reviews + #Playing #Library

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 four book reviews (two picture books, one illustrated early chapter book, and one middle grade) and one post about a small parenting win (my daughter turning to a book after being cut off from screen-time). I also have a post about my unwillingness to let my daughter win at Connect 4, and how I hope this contributes to nurturing growth mindset in her. I close with two posts with links that I shared on Twitter and one more with quotes from and responses to articles about to the joy of learning

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

  • Jennifer Nielsen: The Scourge. Scholastic. Middle Grade/Middle School. Completed July 11, 2016, print ARC. Review to come closer to publication. 
  • Sara Paretsky: Deadlock (V. I. Warshawski #2). Dell Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 1, 2016, on MP3. I'm really enjoying the early 80's time period of these early Warshawski novels. 
  • C. J. Box: Force of Nature (Joe Pickett, Book 12). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed July 6, 2016, on MP3. I'm sad to realize that I'll be finishing this series soon... Glad that there are plenty of the V.I. Warshawski books left. 
  • Elly Griffiths: A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway #5). Mariner Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 6, 2016, on Kindle. It took me a while to get through this one, but I continue to love Ruth and her assorted friends and family members, as well as Griffiths' writing. 
  • Sara Paretsky: Killing Orders (V. I. Warshawski #3). Dell Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 9, 2016, on MP3.

ThisIsMyDollhouseI'm currently reading Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein and listening to Widowmaker by Paul Doiron (the latest Mike Bowditch mystery). The books my husband and I and our babysitter have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. My daughter has been dabbling in reading on her own a bit more, without fuss. I'll just find a book open on her bed, or she'll bring one down for me to add to the list that I keep on the kitchen table. She's been visiting the library more this summer, too, and I thought that she made some excellent choices on her last visit, including a couple that I had on her wish list: This Is My Dollhouse by Giselle Potter and Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols. This Is My Dollhouse actually inspired her to want to make her own dollhouse out of a cardboard box. She's also been playing library in my office quite a bit - there are plenty of books to play with!

I'm continuing to share all of my longer reads, as well as highlights from my picture book reads with my daughter, via the #BookADay hashtag on Twitter. Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. Wishing you all plenty of time for summer reading.

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