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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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What I liked about it was that it was completely unprompted by anyone else. She just felt like being a librarian. Have to love that! Hope you enjoyed TLA, Katy.
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This post describes a new literacy milestone in which my daughter not only plays library, but organizes her collection of books. Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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, summer reading, tax day, baseball season, national poetry month, operation teen book drop, the Cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, schools, libraries, reading, publishing, Astrid Lindgren, reading retreats, and book promotion. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark is an entertaining romp through history, complete with visits to the Civil War era south and ancient China. There are clues hidden in Morse code, as well as linked hints derived from an ancient Chinese text. There are multi-cultural characters, and their skin color is essential to the book's plot (not just an add-on for the sake of "diversity"). And yes, there is time travel, via a mechanism that I have not seen described previously. In short, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens is smart and fun and a great choice for middle grade or middle school readers. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Completely Clementine is, perhaps, a touch lighter than some of the other books in the series, and with a compressed one-week time frame. This makes it a perfect summer read for six and sever year old fans (and for forty-something fans like myself). It has all of the trademark humor found in the other books, as well as what is sure to be a relevant plotline for many, about dealing with parent-child disagreements.Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted 4 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 awards, book lists (many!), the Cybils Awards, diversity, we need diverse books, growing bookworms, schools, summer reading, classic books, and puzzles. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Hold Me Like a Breath is the first book in Tiffany Schmidt's new Once Upon a Crime Family series. It's about a teenage girl who is a member of a mafia Family that has become wealthy by providing black market organs. And it is a fabulous book. I read it for National Readathon Day, and it easily kept my attention for all 400 pages. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Definitely a sign, Ami :-)
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In this relatively brief 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 hope to get back to sharing #KidLitFaves and literacy milestones soon. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Interesting, Alysa. Thanks for sharing your kids' feedback. Glad it was a success. And indeed why not about any cake?
The Penderwicks. They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, they'll make you love them Perfect for any time of year, the Penderwicks are especially enjoyable in spring. Highly recommended, and must-read for fans of the series. I understand from Lisa at Read for Keeps that there is a fifth Penderwick book planned for the future, when Lydia is old enough to be a middle grade protagonist. I can't wait! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is too funny about The Shining, Ami. I can totally picture it. I found The Shining great as an airplane book, but less great when I ended up finishing it at home with spouse away for the night :-). We watched the movie once, years ago, in a tiny cabin in Maine, and have never forgotten that experience. I adore The Giver. I can't believe you just read it for the first time. Glad you enjoyed it, anyway. I look forward to reading Dahl with my daughter when she's a tiny bit older. She's back off of chapter books at the moment, and only wants things with lots of pictures. But there is plenty of time. Good luck deciding what to read next :-)
I'm glad to hear that, Deanna. Thanks for the feedback!
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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, gender, diversity, growing bookworms, national poetry month, national autism month, women's history month, reading, schools, libraries, and literacy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak is clearly a gimmick. It's a picture book that doesn't have any pictures. Even the cover is just plain white with black text. The idea is that if you have a book that only has words in it, the adult's job is to read all of the words to the child. This is true even if (especially if) the words make the adult sound foolish. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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 Mar 31, 2015 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 Mar 27, 2015 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 Mar 26, 2015 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