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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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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 yesterday 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).
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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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I hope they do, Susan!
I've seen them in hotels in Europe, but don't recall seeing them in hotels in the US. Of course in the US I tend more towards hotels with self-service breakfasts, so it's possible that I'm missing something. But they do seem to be a perfect British B&B thing, for sure. Anyway, yes, it's working out well. I added some new books to the rack late last night, and my daughter stopped to peruse them before even sitting down at the table for breakfast. Thanks so much for the idea!
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Today I will be sending out a new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Zoe Toft at Playing by the Book shared a fun post a couple of weeks ago about sneaking in books at breakfast by using toast racks as book storage. I was immediately charmed by this idea, and had to try... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It does seem like time has passed quickly. Of course this is just the call for judges, but nominations will open October 1st. And that will be here before we know it!
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on The Cybils Are Nigh! at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: The Hypnotists (Book 1) and Memory Maze (Book 2, Hypnotists) Author: Gordon Korman Pages: 240 each Age Range: 8-12 The Hypnotists and Memory Maze are the first two books in a new series by Gordon Korman. The hero of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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I'm happy to report that the 2014 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils Awards) are kicking off soon. As noted on the Cybils blog last week: "Exciting things are happening in the Cybils world, and we're gearing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader Author: Kelly Jensen Pages: 278 Age Range: Adult (reference title for librarians and others who do reader's advisory for teens) I'm not quite the target audience for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 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, growing bookworms, ebooks, apps, KidLitCon, Cybils, reading, schools, libraries, and summer reading. Books and Authors I can't believe that people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Bats in the Band Author/Illustrator: Brian Lies Pages: 32 Age Range: 4-8 Oh happy day! There is a new book in Brian Lies' Bats series, after Bats at the Library (review), Bats at the Beach, and Bats at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'll have to read that one - I think I have it around somewhere. Thanks for the suggestion, Jennifer.
Book: The Summer I Saved the World ... in 65 Days Author: Michele Weber Hurwitz Pages: 272 Age Range: 10 and up The Summer I Saved the World ... in 65 Days is about a thirteen-year-old girl who decides to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Comics Squad: Recess! Authors: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Dan Santat, Dav Pilkey, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, and Gene Luen Yang Pages: 144 Age Range: 7-10 Comics Squad: Recess! is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I do read the occasional Maeve Binchy or D.E. Stevenson, so it's not like I never read gentle fiction. But whatever mood I was in when I tried the Smith ones wasn't right for that :-)
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include authors and illustrators, book lists, diversity, growing bookworms, events, summer reading, summer slide, literacy programs, kidlitcon, writing, movies, and schools. Authors and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, Ami, you MUST read Gone Away Lake. It's wonderful. The sequel is even better, I think. I found the Alexander McCall Smith series a bit ... loosely plotted for my own taste (I like more plot-driven, linear stories). But perhaps I'll have to give them another look one day...
Book: The Scarecrows' Wedding Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Pages: 32 Age Range: 4-8 The Scarecrows' Wedding is the latest picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axle Scheffler, the team that created the beloved book The Gruffalo. The Gruffalo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Today I will be sending out a new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: The Way to the Zoo Author: John Burningham Pages: 40 Age Range: 4-8 The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham is a picture book about a little girl named Sylvie who discovers a secret doorway in her bedroom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page