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 (picture books and young adult) and two posts with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (reading to recharge and needing the next book in a series). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter, and one that shares my top five tips for parents to encourage kids' summer reading. I'll be trying to take these tips to heart myself in the coming weeks, as my daughter has just started her summer vacation. Hard to believe she's now a rising second grader.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished two early chapter books, three young adult novels, and one adult nonfiction title. I read/listened to:
- Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine. Disney Hyperion. Early Chapter Book. Completed June 1, 2017. Read aloud to my daughter. My previous review.
- Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): The Talented Clementine. Disney Hyperion. Early Chapter Book. Completed June 5, 2017. Read aloud to my daughter. My previous review.
- Chris Bradford: Bodyguard #3: Hijack. Philomel Books. YA Thriller. Completed June 4, 2017. Review of the first four books in this series to come. Great for summer reading!
- Chris Bradford: Bodyguard #4: Ransom. Philomel Books. YA Thriller. Completed June 4, 2017.
- Gwenda Bond: Double Down. Switch Press. YA Science Fiction. Completed June 12, 2017, on Kindle. This is a fun series!
- Vanessa Van Edwards: Captivate. Portfolio. Adult Nonfiction. Completed June 6, 2017, on MP3.
I'm currently reading Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Book 3) by Robert Beatty and listening to The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway series) by Elly Griffiths. My daughter and I are reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire together. As this is a longer book with a sad event at the end, I was going to wait a bit before reading this one to my daughter. But she begged and pleaded, and I figured that if I'm going to go around telling other parents that I think they should give their kids choice in what they read this summer, I had better do the same. She's on notice that if she starts having nightmares we will stop. But so far, so good.
You can find my daughter's 2017 reading list here (though I'm finding it harder to keep this list up to date now that she's reading some of the books on her own). She's had a nostalgic return to having my husband read her Berenstain Bears books of late (maybe they say "summer vacation" to her). We're also working our way through some new picture books that have been arriving. She now routinely takes books to read for even the shortest car trip. My mother tells me that I was exactly the same. She's been making noises about finding longer books to read on her own, so that she doesn't finish quite so quickly, but I'm in no rush. She just finished the first Ivy and Bean book, and is asking for the second.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms.