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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: July 27: Back-to-School #PictureBooks and Stories with Dedication Pages

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 relatively brief issue I have four book reviews (picture book through middle grade) as well as a post with mini reviews of some new back-to-school picture books. I also have one post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone, adding dedication pages to her stories. I close with one post with links that I shared recently on Twitter

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

  • BridgetWilderJonathan Bernstein: Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training. Katherine Tegen Books. Middle Grade. Completed July 15, 2016, on Kindle. Review to come. 
  • Paul Doiron: Widowmaker (Mike Bowditch #7). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 14, 2016, on MP3. I'm sad to be caught up now on this series, awaiting any future books... 
  • C. J. Box: Breaking Point (Joe Pickett, Book 13). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed July 18, 2016, on MP3.
  • Elly Griffiths: The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6). Mariner Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 20, 2016, on Kindle. This series remains addictive for me. I was under the weather last week, and pretty much read these two Ruth Galloway books back-to-back. But now I'm going a bit more slowly on the final (so far) book in the series. 
  • Elly Griffiths: The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway #7). Mariner Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 22, 2016, on Kindle.
  • Sara Paretsky: Bitter Medicine (V. I. Warshawski #4). Dell Books. Adult Mystery. Completed July 24, 2016, on MP3. Lots more of these books to go before I finish this series, thank goodness. I remain fascinated with the changes in both technology and social norms since these books were published 30 years ago.

I'm currently reading The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway) by Elly Griffiths and listening to Stone Cold (Joe Pickett) by C. J. BoxThe books my husband and I and our babysitter have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. We've slacked off a bit on our reading with my daughter, because of various activities and guests, but the remaining weeks of the summer should be quieter, and give us more free time for reading. Or so I can hope, anyway... 

HarryPotterIllustratedWe did give reading the first Harry Potter book as a family another try. My daughter had asked about it, but was hoping for more pictures, so I splurged on the new illustrated edition of book 1. This was our third try, and it was the first time that I felt like my daughter's listening comprehension was up to the task. However, we had to stop before the end of chapter one (after 2 nights of reading together) because she was having nightmares. It might not have been the book, but our sleep is too important for us to be willing to take the chance. Maybe when she turns seven... The book is beautiful. 

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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