Growing Bookworms Newsletter: May 31: Memorial Day Weekend Reading + Keeping A Junior Bookworm in Books
Today, 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 four book reviews (all picture books, but I have more variation coming up soon) and one post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (having her own genre preference). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter, and one that highlights a couple of joy of learning-related articles in more detail.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished three early chapter books, four middle grade novels, four young adult novels, and one adult novel. I was lucky enough to have a three day weekend to myself over Memorial Day weekend, which I dedicated to reading and reviewing books. I read/listened to:
- Beth McMullen: Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls. Aladdin Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed May 21, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- E. S. Redmond: Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts. Candlewick. Early Chapter Book. Completed May 21, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- Kara LaReau (ill. Matt Myers): The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid. Candlewick. Early Chapter Book. Completed May 21, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- Rebecca Elliott: Owl Diaries #1: Eva's Treetop Festival. Scholastic Branches. Early Chapter Book/Notebook Novel. Completed May 24, 2017, print ARC. Read aloud to my daughter, after she had read it herself and liked it so much that she wanted me to read it to her again. I have ordered her the next couple of books in the series.
- Megan Frazer Blakemore: The Daybreak Bond (Firefly Code #2). Bloomsbury USA. Middle Grade Science Fiction. Completed May 27, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- Elizabeth Eulberg: The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match. Bloomsbury USA. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed May 28, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- Michael Rubens: Emily and the Spellstone. Clarion Books. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed May 28, 2017. Review to come.
- Neil Connelly: Into the Hurricane. Arthur A. Levine Books. YA Fiction. Completed May 26, 2017. Review to come.
- Chris Bradford: Bodyguard #1: The Recruit. Philomel Books. YA Thrilled. Completed May 27, 2017. I expect to review the first four books in this series, after I read the other two.
- Chris Bradford: Bodyguard #2: Hostage. Philomel Books. YA Thriller. Completed May 27, 2017.
- Nancy Werlin: And Then There Were Four. Dial Books. YA Thriller. Completed May29, 2017, print ARC. Review to come.
- William Kent Krueger: Purgatory Ridge (Cork O'Connor, No. 3). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed May 28, 2017, on MP3.
I'm happy to have so many reviews scheduled of middle grade and YA titles. As most of my reads this weekend were ARCs, some of the reviews will not be coming out until later in the summer, closer to publication. I'm currently listening to Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards and reading Bodyguard #3: Hijack by Chris Bradford.
I'm also happy to report that after struggling a bit to find our next read-together book, my daughter and I have settled in with Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee. I've been a fan of Clementine for years now (see my 10-year-old review of the first book), and am delighted that my daughter appreciates her, too. And yes, she could probably read Clementine on her own, but we are enjoying sharing Clementine's exploits together.
You can find my daughter's 2017 reading list here. She's been a reading machine of late, plowing through titles in bed, in the car, on vacation, and any old time she has a few minutes to spare. The Owl Diaries book referenced above was her introduction to notebook novels, and she is already asking for more of those.
As for me, I'm working quietly in the background to make sure that the books that she wants next are there when she needs them. This is no small task, even for one who has as many books as I do, because of course she wants particular books. Like the Babysitters Club graphic novels, and further titles in the Dr. KittyCat series (introduced to us by Karen Yingling). Fortunately, I am up to the challenge (and having a great time).
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms.