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Jen Robinson
San Jose, CA
Interests: travel, lost, children's books, hiking, reading, walking, red sox baseball, wine tasting, mysteries, literacy
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Oh, no question that some of the best books are written in rhyme. Sadly, so are some of the worst. I love rhyme when it's done well, though. It can make a book lovely to read aloud.
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book awards, book lists, the Cybils Awards, diversity, growing bookworms, book-related events, publishing, ebooks, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
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Today, for the first time, my daughter came to me with her little Hello Kitty diary and a pink pen and asked me to transcribe the words of her newest (self-composed) song. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I liked the 5th Wave enough to go back and listen to the audio after having read the book, something I hardly ever do with new books. Haven't passed on the second book to him yet, but I will...
My husband loves the movie of Holes - I don't know if he ever read the book - my memory doesn't stretch back far enough. Hatchet is a good suggestion, too!
I haven't read that one yet, Amy. It's been on my list, though. I'm more interested now knowing that this made the "pass on to husband" cut-off for you.
I think it may be that type of early warning system, Susan. Stay tuned! :-)
Bear Hug is aptly titled, a bear hug of a book. While the simple storyline may not work for older kids, Bear Hug is a lovely read-aloud for preschoolers. Recommended! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
In this post, I recap some of the children's and young adult books that I have recommended to my husband over the years. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Blown Away by Rob Biddulph is everything my family looks for in a picture book: read-aloud-friendly, participation-encouraging, entertaining, and visually pleasing. Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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As I travel about the kidlitosphere, encountering reviews by other bloggers (people I trust, and generally have been following for some time), I take note of those reviews in which it is clear that the reviewer really, really likes the book. I share links to those reviews on Twitter (with hashtag #KidLitFaves) and Facebook and round them up here. Hopefully over time this will become a useful resource. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book lists, the Cybils Awards, diversity, black history month, international book giving day, growing bookworms, reading, publishing, and Dr. Seuss. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, I did like the Paddington movie. Not like, oh my gosh I must own it. But I laughed quite a lot, and I thought that the acting was excellent. My almost five-year-old loved it!
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Dessert is a picture book that will expand the perspective of kids, even as it makes them smile. A Fine Dessert describes four different families, from 1710 to 2010, each making, and eating, a dessert called blackberry fool. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have five book reviews (picture book through young adult), one installment of my new #KidLitFaves series, and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently.I also have one post with a new Literacy Milestone for my daughter. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Congratulations!! I predict many more stars in your future.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Starred! at GWENDA BOND
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You are so welcome, Susan! I really enjoyed your post! Have a great week!
You are very welcome, Stacey! I've been having fun with these posts - it makes me watch what people are reading (and enjoying) more carefully. I listen to what you are calling beach reads pretty much year round. They tend to keep me exercising :-). I had a huge Patricia Cornwell phase, but it was several years ago...
I'm glad you both liked it. I'm looking forward to future books in this series!
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake is a great book for people who enjoy figuring out what's going on from obscure clues. Even though I didn't personally love it, I am confident that fans of Nick Lake's work (he won the Printz Award for In Darkness), as well as high school and public library purchasers, will not want to miss There Will Be Lies. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It's not like Love You Forever, Gail, I promise. The tree survives! I really liked this one!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2015 on Maple: Lori Nichols at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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As I travel about the kidlitosphere, encountering reviews by other bloggers, I take note of those reviews in which it is clear to me that the reviewer quite likes the book. I share links to those reviews on Twitter (with hashtag #KidLitFaves) and Facebook and round them up here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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The winners of the 2014 Cybils Awards were announced today. There are 12 fabulous books and one book app, spanning the gamut of children's and young adult literature, from fiction picture books to young adult graphic novels. The Cybils Awards... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for the feedback and encouragement, Amy. Glad to know we're not alone in these things :-). I just try to follow my instincts, plus the general advice from Jim Trelease et. al. to keep things fun. Have a wonderful weekend!
Soulprint by Megan Miranda is a compelling young adult thriller with a thought-provoking premise. Soulprint features an alternate reality in which scientists have discovered a way to uniquely identify souls. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page