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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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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell is the latest entry into the growing category of picture books in which what happens to the book is part of the story. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think it's a good one, Susan. I agree about the message on play. I think this is becoming more important all the time (as schools cut recess, and kids have less time for free play).
Yes, I read Hug Machine for Cybils evaluation. They would certainly pair well :-)
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter recently @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book awards, book lists, diversity, gender, the Cybils Awards, growing bookworms, book-related events, literacy programs, reading, publishing, and schools. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The premise is definitely hard to resist for kids of this age :-)
Naked! is book that will delight preschoolers of a certain age, while evoking knowing smiles from experienced parents. There's no special message or story, just a refreshingly straightforward, infectious celebration of being oneself. A must-purchase for libraries serving preschool populations. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
So glad your kids enjoyed this one, too, Amy :-)
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In this issue I have six children's 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 a review a of book for parents by Nancy Newman on Raising Passionate Readers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Some aspects are more tense/scary than Book 1, Alysa. Maybe not for you...
Fans of the Shades of London series will definitely not want to miss The Shadow Cabinet (book 3). Though larger plot (and relationship) questions are left for the next book, enough things are resolved in this book to satisfy readers. But oh, how I am curious about what will happen next! Recommended for anyone who enjoys ghost stories, particularly if they like them with just a splash of humor. But read Books 1 and 2 first. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry would make a fun gift to add to your child's Easter basket, or to at least bring home from the library. Recommended for the youngest of listeners, with possibilities as an early reader for older kids, too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here Comes the Easter Cat is pure fun, sure to please preschool-age readers. I look forward to seeing Cat in future adventures. Recommended! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 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, gender, growing bookworms, Pi Day, libraries, schools, reading, reviewing, and publishing. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack is a new picture book about a lovable bear and a not-so-lovable skunk. On our first read, I found it cute, but my four-year-old loved it. She had a big smile on her face throughout, and declared it a new favorite. Personally, I found that I appreciated it more on subsequent reads. Bear and Skunk grew on me. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
How neat that you remember that, Jennifer. They certainly are lovely books!
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This post features reviews of books that other bloggers have particularly enjoyed. Bloggers featured this week include Abby the Librarian, Book Nut, Charlotte's Library, Finding Wonderland, From Tots to Teens, Ms. Yingling Reads, Story Time Secrets, The Picture Book Review, Waking Brain Cells, and Wrapped in Foil. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Big Game by Dan Smith is a novel based on the screenplay for a 2014 Finnish action-adventure movie. It has an action movie pace, a book that one rushes through to find out what will happen next. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 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, gender events, growing bookworms, schools, World Read Aloud Day, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
My daughter wants a toy backhoe for her birthday, Jenny. She got a crane for Christmas :-)
I'll be trying both of these construction-themed books on my four-year-old daughter. But I suspect that they'll be a better fit for kids who would otherwise be found digging around in the dirt with toy backhoes and other trucks. Personally, I find the rhyming text in Work, Dogs, Work more appealing for reading aloud, though I do like Backhoe Joe's illustrations and original premise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
"you'd have to be dead inside not to enjoy Clementine" - So true! Hope you are able to break out of your mediocre book rut. It's so frustrating when those things happen. The Giver is fabulous. I hope you like it!
Nancy Newman is a long-time teacher as well as a mother to three sons. Her book, Raising Passionate Readers: 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life is a practical handbook aimed squarely at parents on encouraging their children to love (and hence become good at) reading. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book through middle grade), two installments 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, and a post about books that I have liked enough to pass on to my husband. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair is the second book in S. S. Taylor's Expeditioners series, following The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon. After a somewhat slow start, The Secret of King Triton's Lair is an inventive and enjoyable adventure. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page