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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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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's a bit of a light installment this week, but does include the usual array of book lists. I also have a few links on the Cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, gift ideas, and the Kidlitosphere. Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think it's amazing that blogging brought us together, Franki. I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to meet you and Mary Lee in person, and to have known you via our blogs for so long.
Between the rhyming text and the gentle illustrations, not to mention the universal theme, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? is a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers. It would make a nice, soothing bedtime book, at least on subsequent reads, once the suspense of the location of the socks has been satisfied. Highly recommended (and long overdue for this review)! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I can't believe you've only been blogging for 3 years, Katherine. It feels like longer :-) And yes, this is certainly not the first time I've struggled. It's especially hard at busy times of year. Anyway, thank you!!
Judy, thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback today. It means a lot! Feedback like yours is exactly what keeps me going when I do start feeling burned out from time to time. Thank you!
Thanks, Tasha! I have often learned from you over the years :-)
Thanks, Liz! You were one of the first people I knew from blogging.
Thanks, Susan! I think we're both in blogging for the same reasons.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Zoe. I'll certainly try to keep contributing :-)
In this issue I have seven book reviews (mostly picture books, plus a couple of early middle grade novels), a post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone, and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently. I also have an infographic from Scholastic sharing survey results on what kids enjoy reading, and a post about my blog's 9 year anniversary (today!). Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Jennie. Time sure does fly, doesn't it? As you well know yourself.
Difficult as it is to believe, today marks my 9 year anniversary of blogging at Jen Robinson's Book Page. Over the past nine years I have shared approximately 2950 posts, including 1043 reviews. Which sounds like a lot, but it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Iggy Loomis, A Hagfish Named Shirley is absurdly over-the-top, kid-friendly fun that will, I think, appeal especially to kids who have pesky but lovable preschool-age siblings. But I think if you had a seven-year-old new reader, one with a tolerance for madcap science fiction, Iggy Loomis, A Hagfish Named Shirley would be the perfect gift. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is hilarious, Ami. "Water is your favorite" because I can spell water. We are definitely having a good time with this phase!
In summary, if you are a fan of Sattler's distinctive illustrations in general, or of Chick 'n' Pug specifically, you'll definitely want to check out A Chick 'n' Pug Christmas. If you aren't familiar with Sattler's work, perhaps start with Chick 'n' Pug, and then come back for this one Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. In this week's relatively short post I have links about individual books, book lists, the Cybils awards, diversity, gift-giving recommendations, reading, and publishing. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think that The Terrible Two is going to be a huge hit with third grade readers or so, especially (though not limited to) boys. It is also funny without being crude, which will likely please adults, too. Part of the Prankster's Oath, helpfully spelled out, involves disrupting but not destroying. The Terrible Two stays on the right side of mischievous. I hope to see additional books about The Terrible Two. Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, Katey, we have tried the Bob Books. My daughter "read" one by herself and was indeed very proud. But then she seemed to tire of them - I think after the first one it felt too much like work. Will have to try again, though, now that she's had a little rest. Love the image of your daughter randomly grabbing people to help her spell things out :-)
My daughter's latest literacy milestone involves figuring out how to spell rhyming words. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I know that I'll be nostalgic for many of these books one day, Ami. And thanks for the head's up that Mr. Popper isn't working for you. I have so many books on my mental list to read to my daughter, I can quietly put that one on the back burner.
My daughter and I quite like Janee Trasler's Chickies series (the previous books are Pottytime for Chickies, Bedtime for Chickies, and Dinnertime for Chickies). Therefore, we were both happy when the newest book in the series, A New Chick for Chickies, arrived. In this installment, the three Chickies have a pretty good life with their three adult caregivers, Cow, Sheep, and Pig, until a new baby brother arrives. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Young fans of The Little Blue Truck, those who appreciate Christmas, anyway, will love The Little Blue Truck's Christmas. Parents will find it pleasant to read aloud, and ever-so-slightly educational, with a warm, holiday feel. This one is definitely worth adding to the holiday reading list for preschoolers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Colors versus Shapes is a companion to Mike Bolt's earlier picture book 123 versus ABC, and follows a similar storyline. In Colors versus Shapes, the colors and the shapes are each auditioning on stage to have the book be about them. The colors are basically irregular brightly-colored blobs, with faces, arms, and legs. Like less regular M&Ms. The shapes are white three-dimensional shapes, also with faces, arms, and legs (and white-gloved hands). Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
ere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. This is an extra-long post because it also includes links from the (short) week before Thanksgiving. Today's topics include books, book lists, book awards, the Cybils awards, diversity, gender, gift guides, growing bookworms, reading, publishing schools, libraries, and the Kidlitosphere. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
They're all unique, aren't they, Stacey? Mine at the moment won't pick up anything that doesn't have plenty of color. Anyway, glad you liked the infographic!