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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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Gus rocks! And I'm not even a cat person. I'm sure I will have the whim to read the next book one of these days, Kate. Glad you enjoyed them.
This post is a status update for the 2014 Cybils Book Awards and the 8th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Well, there's always a risk that making it required would turn people off from reading the book, but I do know what you mean. I'm glad myself to have read both books.
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. There is a TON of great stuff this week, so I have moved Cybils and KidLitCon links to a separate post. In this post we have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Douglas. I'm aware of some of these books, of course, but don't think we actually have any of them on hand. Time to make some additions to the child's wishlist, I think. Though she seems to be losing her interest in princesses anyway, which is also fine with me. Another one she loves is Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe, about a girl who is named Princess Pink, but hates pink and girly things.
Gamache is pretty great. I really like Reine-Marie, too. I started that first Game of Thrones book at some point, and just didn't get into it. Sounds like this is just as well. I'm about to abandon my current book (the print one, not the Gamache, of course) half-way through. Life is just too short to spend time on books that aren't working, for whatever reason. There are stacks and stacks of others that I want to read.
The Worst Princess, by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, is an antidote to tales of conventional Disney-fied princesses who sit around and wait to be rescued. Well, Princess Sue does initially sit trapped in a tower, waiting to be rescued. She is utterly bored, and is thrilled when a prince finally comes to set her free. But then she is chagrined when the prince expects her to spend her time trapped (for safety) in a penthouse tower of his own castle. At this point, however, the princess rebels, and establishes a mutually beneficial alliance with a fire-breathing dragon. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
This one really worked for me in that regard, Susan. Thanks for passing it along!
The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's and young adult books and raising readers. I currently send the newsletter out every two weeks. In this relatively brief issue I have four book reviews (picture book to young adult) and two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently. I had a bit of travel and a lot of work over the past couple of weeks, so that's all I have for your this time. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I hope you like it, Becky :-)
It does please me knowing that there are others out there :-)
In Rose by Holly Webb, Rose is young girl (10 or 11) who has been raised in an orphanage in an alternate version of Victorian London in which magic exists. As the story begins, Rose has just discovered within herself what appears to be magical ability. Rose squashes that down as secondary to her life-long dream of getting a job as a maid, so that she can work to support herself. But, as it happens, the household that hires Rose turns out to be that of a well-known magician, Mr. Fountain. And despite her best efforts to keep her special abilities under wraps, Rose soon finds herself embroiled in a magical mystery involving kidnapped children. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, Abby's piece was very nice, and sadly needed. And thanks re: the photo :-) From Disney World this summer.
Last year I read and enjoyed the first book in D. J. MacHale's SLYO Chronicles series. I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed with the second book, Storm. This review will contain spoilers for the first book (it would be impossible not to, though I'll try to keep them to a minimum). The SYLO series started with a mysterious government quarantine of a small island off the coast of Maine. Book 1, SYLO, was fast-paced and intriguing, with a nicely-realized depiction of island life, and the reluctant coming together of four teens. In the second book, D. J. MacHale dramatically raises the stakes for teen hero Tucker Pierce. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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, nonfiction, schools, libraries, and Dr. Seuss. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
In Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Melody is a brilliant young girl with a photographic memory (probably) and a passion for words. No one knows this, however, because Melody spends her days trapped in a wheelchair, unable to utter more than a few grunt-like sounds. What bothers Melody is not so much her inability to do anything for herself, but her inability to communicate with her family, let alone with the larger world. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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 Aug 29, 2014 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 Aug 28, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 26, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page