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My girls and I currently have 71 items checked out from the library. This is not a rare occasion. That’s a standard number of books to have lying around our house. To be honest, it might be on the low side. I’ve been in love with books since I was a kid so naturally when I had children of my own, I shoved books in their faces from day one.

Our family culture is centered on storytelling and books are at the heart of making our house a home. It’s a joy we get to share in as a family.  

Hunting for new books to read is just as thrilling to me as reading books themselves (it’s very similar to how much I love movie previews almost as much as movies themselves). I read blogs about books, follow Instagram accounts about kid lit, I belong to bookworm Facebook groups, I stalk the “new books” section at the library, I pull over if I see a new-to-me bookstore, I have a folder on my phone of books I come across, I pay close attention to books friends talk or post about, I just started listening to book review podcasts – without a doubt, I’m constantly on the look out for new books, especially for my daughters because I want them to never lose their love for reading. And because having kids has made me realize how much the children’s and YA genres have evolved since I was a kid myself. Our favorite source for finding new reading material is recommendations from friends. We love to shell out the book suggestions and get them.

With that in mind, I just launched Bookmarked, a Facebook group for sharing the books you and your kids are excited about. I recently shared the book my youngest is reading, Belly Up, which she is enjoying so much she reads it aloud to us. And one we read as a family, A Boy Named Queen, that was short and sweet with a heartwarming message for dealing with mean kids. In addition to books, I’ll be sharing fun things bookworms are likely to love. Here’s a sampling –

Writing Our Rights 
From the website, “This writing workbook isn’t filled with cute rhymes or silly expressions. Instead, girls will find words from 10 of the most iconic female politicians in American history. Copying them will teach more than handwriting. It will teach girls that they are powerful and capable of becoming leaders.”

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Drop everything and go check this podcast out. You’ll be hooked after your first listen. It’s “a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds. It was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian, and was recently honored as a Peabody award winner.”
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
My girls look forward to summer reading programs every year and this is one of their favorites. A free book prize just for reading? Sign us up!

If you’re a lover children’s and YA books, I’d love for you to join in the fun. I’ll be sharing books and book-ish fun but also want to create an active community of bookworms. Click here to join and stop by to share what books your family are currently addicted to.

Bookworms unite!

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