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 children's and young adult books and raising readers. I usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four children's book reviews picture book through middle grade) and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently. I also have two posts with literacy milestones concerning my daughter (reading her first Babymouse book and buying her first books with her own money).
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I completed three middle grade titles, two young adult titles, and one adult title. I read/listened to:
- John Christopher: The City of Gold and Lead (Tripods Trilogy, Book 2). Aladdin Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 25, 2015, on MP3.
- John Christopher: The Pool of Fire (Tripods Trilogy, Book 3). Aladdin Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed April 28, 2015, on MP3.
- Jennifer L. Holm (ill. Matthew Holm): Babymouse: Queen of the World. Random House Books for Young Readers. Early Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed April 29, 2015 (read aloud to my daughter).
- Allen Zadoff: I Am the Traitor (Unknown Assassin, Book 3). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Young Adult Fiction. Completed April 25, 2015, on digital ARC. Review to come.
- Laura Amy Schlitz: The Hired Girl. Candlewick. Young Adult Fiction. Completed April 26, 2015, on digital ARC. Review to come. This one is excellent!
- Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant. Knopf Books. Adult Fiction. Completed May 5, 2015, on MP3.
I'm listening The Eight by Katherine Neville (a favorite that I've read in print twice, but never listened to before). I'm reading The Black Reckoning, the final book of John Stephens' Books of Beginning trilogy, in print and The Edge of Forever by Melissa Hurst on Kindle. I'm also reading Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel Willingham because I am always looking for new ideas.
The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She's quite taken by Miss Nelson Has A Field Day by Harry Allard and James Marshall. She's also more regularly dabbling in sounding out words in the Bob books (we're on Collection 2), and has started trying to read one of the Pete the Cat early readers. She's taken to making up stories using stickers - she assembles a collection of stickers in a row on a piece of paper, and then tells you the story. It's pretty fun.
She definitely has her ups and downs in terms of wanting me to read to her. I'm already fighting the battle that on a quiet weekend afternoon, she prefers to use her tablet over listening to a book. But not at bedtime - then reading is sacred. She in fact worried ahead of a recent sleepover that she would have a hard time going to sleep because we wouldn't be there to read to her. I packed her some Elephant & Piggie and suggested that they try reading together. Not sure how that played out.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.