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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: May 17: Reading in Bed, Reading Together, and Realistic Graphic Novels

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 contains content from my blog focused on growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have five book reviews (picture book through young adult) and one post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (staying up too late reading). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished two middle grade novels, two adult novels, and one adult nonfiction title. I read/listened to: 

  • Jennifer Bell: The Uncommoners. Crown Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed May 5, 2017, on Kindle. Review to come.
  • Shannon Hale (ill. LeUyen Pham): Real Friends. First Second. Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed May 16, 2017. Read aloud to me by my daughter, who loves this book madly, and is now reading it on her own for a third time. She loves discussing it with me ("Which parts are your favorite?" "Why do you think X did Y?" etc.). Highly, highly recommended - this is going to become a go-to birthday gift book for us. 
  • William Kent Krueger: Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor, No. 2). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed May 4, 2017, on MP3. This series is holding up for me so far, and I have downloaded book 3. 
  • Victoria Thompson: Murder in the Bowery. Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 11, 2017, on MP3. Delightful, as always. 
  • Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Knopf. Adult Nonfiction. Completed May 15, 2017, on Kindle. This is a very powerful book. I read it partly because I'm interested in Sandberg's story and partly as an aid to building my own resilience. It delivered on both fronts. 

MrsSmithSpySchoolI'm currently listening to Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane and reading Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen.  I have a weekend coming up when I should be able to get some good reading done, and I have both physical and Kindle stacks waiting. 

My most positive reading experience lately by far was having my daughter read Real Friends (see above) aloud to me. We were (for the most part) cozy on the couch reading together. I could help her with words she didn't understand (though I accepted her somewhat unconventional pronunciation of various names). We could stop and discuss the behaviors that she didn't understand. (The toughest thing was young Shannon's older sister being made more angry by an apology from her saintly younger sibling.) We noted resemblances to things in the Princess in Black books. We discussed what we would have done in X or Y situation. And we just enjoyed the book. It was wonderful.

You can find my daughter's 2017 reading list here. She especially enjoys realistic graphic novels these days. El Deafo by Cece Bell was also a hit. I would especially love suggestions for realistic graphic novels for which the themes are not too advanced for a first grader (I'm fine with stretching her on vocabulary, but she's not really ready to read about dating, etc.). 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. 

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