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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 20: #Reading Role Models, Required Reading, and 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 brief issue I have four book reviews (early reader through picture book) and one post about the impact of required reading time as homework on a child who already enjoys reading. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter and one post with more detail about two joy of learning-related articles that I came across recently concerning teachers as reading role models. 

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished two middle grade books and one adult novel. I read/listened to: 

  • Rob Buyea: The Perfect Score. Delacorte Press. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 15, 2017. Review to come.
  • Laura Martin: Edge of Extinction #2: Code Name Flood. HarperCollins. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed September 17, 2017.  Review to come.
  • Louise Penny: Glass Houses. Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed September 15, 2017, on MP3. Fabulous addition to this long-running series. 

GhostsGreenglassHouseI'm currently reading The Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford and listening to The Western Star by Craig Johnson. My daughter and I have gotten back into a groove reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire together at breakfast. We are nearly halfway through, and she is quite disappointed in Ron for not believing Harry about the Goblet of Fire. For her own reading, she continues to read the same graphic novels over and over again (Real Friends, the Hilo books, the Babysitters Club books, and anything else we can find by Raina Telgemeier.

I tried to broaden her range a bit (only because I'm running out of books that fit her narrow criteria and are remotely age-appropriate, not because I have any problem with her reading graphic novels) by picking up Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. She complained: "It's kind of a graphic novel and kind of not," and cast it aside, declaring that she does not like this sort of book. So ... I guess she'll continue re-reading for the time being. She has no complaints about this, though she is very eager for Babysitters Club #5, which will be releasing soon.

I can tell that she's not bored by the re-reading from an incident that happened yesterday. We were driving home from karate and I heard her suddenly peal with laughter over something she read in her book. Said book was Babysitters Club Graphic Novel #3, which she has read at least four times already. So, as long as what she's reading is making her happy, I am happy. You can find her 2017 reading list here

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. 

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