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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 2: #Literacy Milestones, #Kidlit Reviews + #JoyOfLearning Links

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 (picture book through YA) and two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (making lists and writing essays). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter and one more in-depth post on recent joy of learning-related articles. My blogging was a bit light because I was on vacation for a week or so. 

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I read two middle grade, two young adult, and two adult novels (thank you vacation time). I read: 

  • Paul Tobin: How to Outsmart A Million Robot Bees. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed October 29, 2016, print ARC. Review to come, closer to publication.
  • Greg Pincus: The Homework Strike. Scholastic. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed October 30, 2016, print ARC. Review to come, closer to publication.
  • Mary Hooper: Poppy. Bloomsbury. Young Adult. Completed October 25, 2016, on Kindle. I did not review historical YA novel, because I read it while on vacation, but I did enjoy it, and have already purchased the sequel. 
  • Rebecca Podos: The Mystery of Hollow Places. Balzer + Bray. Young Adult. Completed October 29, 2016, on Kindle. 
  • Mette Ivie Harrison: His Right Hand (Linda Wallheim). Soho Crime. Adult Mystery. Completed October 23, 2016, on Kindle.
  • Jan Moran: The Winemakers: A Novel of Love and Secrets. St. Martins Griffin. Adult Fiction. Completed October 26, 2016, on Kindle.

BeautifulBlueWorldI'm reading Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur and still listening to the latest in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad mysteries, The TrespasserThe books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter in 2016 can be found here. We didn't get much reading done with her while we were on vacation (too tired every night), but we are back to our regular reading routine now. Her own reading seems to improve every day. Last night she read me a Berenstain Bears book, and I only had to help her with perhaps a dozen words over the course of the book. Her most recent favorite picture book is probably still Buddy for President by Hans Wilhelm. I think reading it makes her feel plugged in to election season. She told me that she's reading some sort of Star Wars chapter book in school, and that she likes it because there are lots of illustrations. 

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. 

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