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 usually sent out every three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three literacy milestone posts and three posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. The milestones are about reading the first Harry Potter book (on her own), keeping notebooks everywhere, and using post-it flags to highlight books.
Reading Update: In the last three weeks I finished one young adult and six adult titles. I read/listened to:
- Anna Sheehan: A Long, Long Sleep. Candlewick Press. Young Adult Dystopia. Completed May 5, 2018, on Kindle. This is the first YA book in some time that has really grabbed me, and that I didn't want to put down. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and some interesting (if dark) predictions for the future direction of the world.
- Jacqueline Winspear: To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs). Harper. Adult Historical Mystery. Completed April 26, 2018, on MP3. I adore these books, and this one was no exception. I really care what happens to all of characters in Maisie's world who are imperiled by WWII (especially the young men).
- Angela Marsons: Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, No. 1) Bonier Zaffre. Adult Mystery. Completed April 28, 2018, on Kindle. This UK-based mystery was a bit dark, but did keep me guessing.
- Yong Zhao: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children. Corwin. Adult Nonfiction. Completed May 1, 2018, on Kindle. Zhao has some interesting ideas about the problems with our one-size fits all, focus on the gaps instead of bringing everyone up system of public education. But I'm not sure that his conclusion about personalizable education are realistic. I found a lot of passages to highlight, though, and do intend to go back and give these ideas another look.
- Dana Stabenow: A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak, #2). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 2, 2018, on MP3.
- Dana Stabenow: Dead in the Water (Kate Shugak, #3). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 6, 2018, on MP3. I'm enjoying this series, but am ready for a break for a while after listening to three of the books in a short time.
- Victoria Thompson: Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mysteries). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 15, 2018, on MP3. I like this series, but found this installment a bit slow-paced. The team members spend a lot of time sitting around together, updating each other on what they've learned, and I found my attention wandering a bit as I listened.
I'm currently listening to The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, the first book in the new Miracle Springs, North Carolina series. On my Kindle I'm reading No Life But This by Anna Sheehan and also The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. I have many samples stored up on my Kindle, and many print books stacked up on my nightstand, but reading time has been at a premium of late. Someday... I am still reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with my daughter. We are up to Valentine's Day, and she continues to be utterly immersed in the world of Hogwarts.
My daughter and I spent some quality time at the public library this weekend. She read a stack of Berenstain Bears easy readers to herself, asked me to read her a favorite picture book that she spotted on the shelf, and then checked out ten new graphic novels. Since then, it's been hard to get her out of the car, or to finish getting dressed in the morning, because she is immersed in the new books. But certainly worth it!
I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up my daughter's list of books read, because she usually doesn't tell me when she finishes something. I will find stacks of picture books on the floor or her room, or see her re-reading some graphic novel or other in bed, but I'm not really sure what she's actually finished. My gut feeling is that trying to pin her down for the purposes of documentation might take away some of her delight in reading the books. So I am letting it go. I'll try to log all of the library books when we return those, at least.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!