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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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In this issue I have eight book reviews (picture book through young adult), two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post describing a recent literacy milestone by my daughter. Not included in the newsletter, I also shared one final post of the year about KidLitCon. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Maybe she just wasn't old enough to appreciate it, Stacey. That's what I usually attribute it to when my daughter doesn't like something that I do like :-)
Book: H2O Author: Virginia Bergin Pages: 336 Age Range: 12 and up Virginia Bergin's H2O is a young adult novel about an apocalypse that occurs when rain turns deadly, leaving only 0.27% of the population alive. I have mixed feelings... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, I like the tone, too, Ami. Hope you rise to the top of the reserve list soon :-)
Hope you can get it soon, Angie!
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus is a picture book biography written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. The publisher lists it for ages 7 and up, which seems about right to me. It's quite dense, and full of lists and historical tidbits that make it likely over the heads of younger readers. But for elementary age kids, and adults for that matter, particularly those who appreciate words and lists, The Right Word is simply a delight. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is a good point, Amy (them being more responsible if they are checking things out on their own cards). We have a 100 book limit on each account, so once the Cybils Round 1 is over, I don't see needing all three cards again. But it's definitely helpful for requests :-)
I love the mental image of your daughter carrying her library card around in a little purse, Jenny. That's great!
The Forbidden Flats is a worthwhile successor to Sky Jumpers. The plot is suspenseful and full of twists, and readers get to learn more about the broader world in which Hope lives. Although the plot in this book is fully resolved, I see plenty of directions in which Eddleman can go in future books. Fans of the first book will definitely want to give this one a look. The Sky Jumpers series is nice in being a middle grade (vs. YA) post-apocalypse series, one that does NOT revolve around a dystopia, but instead shows people working together to build a new world. Continue reading
Posted 6 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. Please note that I am NOT sharing the many, many tweets that I posted during last weekend's KidLitCon. I'm also not sharing here various links that I shared to posts with suggested Cybils nominations, since nominations for the Cybils Awards have closed. What I do have by way of links this week is links to many book lists, plus posts about the cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, reading, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Seems to me that there's value in just going through the process of getting the card. It feels empowering, even if it doesn't have much practical significance. I must confess that I had an ulterior motive in getting my daughter her card now. I needed to be able to request more books for my Cybils Round 1 panel. But what my daughter doesn't know about my motives won't hurt her ;-) She actually took the primary card off somewhere and I don't even know where it is, except that it's in the house somewhere. I have the number, and the little keychain card, though.
Unmade is the conclusion of Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy trilogy, following Unspoken and Untold. I read a lot of books, but the Lynburn Legacy series has stayed in my head more than most. I think this is due to a combination of Brennan's strongly rendered Gothic tone, and her deep characterization of primary and secondary characters. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Time is definitely passing quickly, Tanita. But you, I know that you completely get that library card excitement :-)
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My daughter had another literacy milestone last week: she got her first library card. She has been very excited! Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
You are very welcome, Alex. Hope you can make it next year!
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This post updates recent Cybils news (mainly that the last day to nominate books for 2014 is tomorrow) and also recaps the Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon). Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I hope you like it. I think it's fabulous.
Books: Oddrey and the New Kid / Oddrey Joins the Team Author: Dave Whamond Pages: 32 Age Range: 4-8 Oddrey is a young girl with a free spirit. With her quirky behavior, she is accustomed to standing out from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Shh! We Have A Plan, with its muted colors and mostly whispered text, would make a wonderful bedtime book, though there is some risk of a late-evening attack of the giggles. There's a subtle message for readers about reaching out with kindness instead of stealth, but the three bigger guys never do learn this lesson (to continued giggles). Though perhaps a bit simple for first and second graders, Shh! We Have A Plan is perfect for the preschool and K set. Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Enzo Races in the Rain! is a new picture book written by Garth Stein and illustrated by R. W. Alley. It's about a puppy who, unlike the other puppies, feels "more like a person." When people talk, he wants to talk back, and hear them say "Yes, yes, we know exactly what you mean." The puppy also loves, loves, loves to run. Enzo Races in the Rain! is about Enzo's adjustment to his new home, and about finding a place where one is understood. It is adorable, from cover to cover. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
You are very welcome! I enjoyed the book. Glad you saw the review.
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. As I am headed out for KidLitCon tomorrow, I am posting the links one day early. Topics this week include book lists (many!), cybils, kidlitcon, growing bookworms, events, literacy programs, diversity, schools, libraries, reading, publishing, ebooks, and parenting. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant is a well-executed picture book designed to make the concept of relative size clear to the youngest of readers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
You could be the first, Susan :-)
Wish you could come, Liz. I shall try to be witty and/or useful on Twitter :-)