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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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Thanks, Norah! I'm glad you found this useful. Feedback like yours help keep me motivated to continue doing these.
Thanks for the feedback, Douglas. I'm glad to hear that this book worked better for you than it did for me. I did love the illustrations, too. I love Mark Teague's work!
I will certainly always remember reading that book to her in the NICU, Ami. Funnily enough, I don't think I consciously chose it for the healthy themes. Though that time is a bit of a blur in my mind now, so I might have. There were some picture books we read first - The Secret Garden was what I settled in with later, when it became more routine. Make Way for Ducklings is a great choice for any setting, I think!
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: book lists, the Cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, kidlitcon, kidlitosphere, reading, introverts parenting, and summer reading. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, I do hope your kids like The Secret Garden, Ami. I read that to my daughter when she was in the NICU, and I so look forward to reading it to her again when she's a bit older. I do like the idea of finding fantasy novels that are not romance-based. Thanks for the head's up!
The Tree House that Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg starts out something like the cumulative British nursery rhyme This is the House that Jack Built, only set in a very cool tree house. However, a few pages in, Verburg branches out from the standard cumulative format, eventually introducing story time for a bunch of Jack's animal friends. Then at the end, The Tree House that Jack Built turns into a bedtime book, with Jack and his animal friends settling down to sleep under a full moon. It's a bit disjointed, in truth. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book to middle school), two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, and a post about with tips from Scholastic about getting kids preschool ready. I have two posts about my daughter's journey to literacy, one in which we celebrate the arrival of a box of Fancy Nancy Books, and the other in which she eagerly awaits the arrival of a particular book. Not included in the newsletter, I posted an update about the Cybils and KidLitCon, and how bloggers can participate in both. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I actually prefer the older ones to the more recent ones. They've gotten more message-y since Mike (nephew) has taken over the writing. Plus I guess they've covered so many topics that the things left are less essential. Happily, the old ones seem to still be available. Child sees pictures of other books on the back covers and wants ever more copies.
Hey there, Kidlitosphere fans. There is news to share this week about the 2014 Cybils Awards and KidLitCon. Here is the scoop: Cybils: The new Cybils website is now live. The new site was designed by Sheila Ruth, Sarah Stevenson,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Scholastic sent me some tips for parents to help get kids ready for preschool. As my own daughter went back to preschool (for PreK) just yesterday, I thought that this would be a timely thing to share. 5 Tips (from Scholastic) to Get Every Child Ready for Preschool Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Mix it Up! is a companion book to Herve Tullet's Press Here. As with Press Here, the author encourages young readers to physically interact with the book to make things happen. With Press Here, readers pressed dots to apparently make them group, change color, or move about on the page (as shown on the subsequent page). In Mix it Up! the focus is on mixing colors. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
She actually has a Kindle Fire, Gail (thanks to the grandparents), but I've resisted letting her know that she can read books on it. I'm keeping her to print for as long as I can. But yes, she has loved the Berenstain Bears since she saw her first book. I'm a big believer in letting kids read what they enjoy, and I do put my money where my mouth is. We actually just had to order 3 other titles. Not sure if she'll rest until she has them all. And there are a LOT.
So nice to have friends who get this, Sheila :-)
They do grow up fast, Jenn! It sounds to me like your son is well on track to value books for his whole life, as you have. I took my daughter to her first book fair last year - she went a bit crazy :-).
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. The new Cybils website launched late last week, and the call for judges for 2014 was released on Monday, so there are quite a few Cybils-related... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Two days ago my daughter came to me with a Berenstain Bears book, and begged me to get her a copy of a book shown on the back cover (The Berenstain Bears Sleepover). I agreed, subject to some behavior conditions,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy is an episodic story depicting a (school) year in the life of a New England family. Sam, Jax, Eli and Frog (a nickname) range in age from 12 to six. They are all adopted, and have different ethnic backgrounds, skin colors, and interests. They have two fathers, one called Dad and one called Papa. Dad is a teacher at a local high school, while Papa runs a computer company from the house. They are, in short, a thoroughly modern take on a stable two-parent family. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Jenny! It does please me that we still have the chapter books ahead of us.
The arrival of a box of new Fancy Nancy books generated considerable excitement in my house this week. My four-year-old daughter actually delayed her departure for her first-ever soccer practice (something that she was VERY excited about) to finish reading... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night Author: Jon Davis Pages: 40 Age Range: 4-8 Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night by Jon Davis is a cozy picture book that presents a practical solution to night-time fears. Small... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I like the idea of doing these at school, Terry. The one I got works really well. I'm continuing to see the small one requesting more books read to her at the table, especially if I take the trouble to change the books. Can't say I have an LP holder at this time :-)
Sorry for the slow reply, Ami. I took a mostly computer-free long weekend. Anyway, my favorites are Listening Valley and Celia's House (companion novels to be read in that order). But I've enjoyed everything except for the Mrs. Tim books. Those are autobiographical, and I didn't find enough narrative structure. One that is really fun is Miss Buncle's Book (and sequels Miss Buncle Married and The Two Mrs. Abbott).
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include illustrators, madeline, book lists, awards, the cybils, kidlitcon, common core, diversity, growing bookworms, reading, technology, schools, and libraries. Authors and Illustrators 10... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, I love L.M. Montgomery's books, too, Ami. I have most of the Anne books on MP3, and now you've made me think that when I'm done with the Harry Potter books (and caught up on a few new audios that I have piling up) I may need to re-read those. I've also had a yen lately for D.E. Stevenson - her books are my literary security blankets. I expect to have some time to myself this weekend, and am looking forward to getting some reading done.
Book: Tut: The Story of my Immortal Life Author: P. J. Hoover Pages: 320 Age Range: 9-12 The premise of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life is that when King Tut was fourteen years old, his uncle tried to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page