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Jen Robinson
San Jose, CA
Dedicated to growing joyful learners: bookworms, mathematicians, scientists, artists, + more
Interests: joy of learning, education, children's books, hiking, reading, walking, red sox baseball, wine tasting, mysteries, literacy
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Snoop Scoop: It Came from Beneath the Playground is perfect for kids who enjoy the Lunch Lady series and are ready for something a little bit more challenging. It's highly interactive and dynamic, and a great introduction to how to solve mysteries. Recommended for library or home purchase, with a slight plus for home purchase because kids may want to write in the puzzle and game section at the end. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post, I share my daughter's latest milestone on her path to literacy: including dedications in stories that she is writing. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think that The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer... is the best installment so far of this quirky series. Recommended for any six to eight year old kid who likes reading about travel and pirates and adventure in general. This would, of course, make a fun summer read. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Star Bright Books sent me two upcoming books from their Small Talk Books collection. These are picture books written by Ellen Mayer, an early literacy home visitor. They are unusual in that they seem to be written more for adults than for kids. They are sort of manuals (complete with instruction sections at the end of the books) for talking with preschoolers in a way that will enhance their vocabularies. Continue reading
Posted 5 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. Topics for this super-light week include #BookLists, #Cybils, #KidLitCon, #ReadersAdvisory, binge reading, growing bookworms, Little Free Library, nonfiction, and reading. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
HarperCollins sent me a big box of back-to-school picture books, several of them featuring characters that we already enjoy. Here are some highlights: Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the #GrowingBookworms newsletter I have four book reviews (two picture books, one illustrated early chapter book, and one middle grade) and one post about a small parenting win (my daughter turning to a book after being cut off from screen-time). I also have a post about my unwillingness to let my daughter win at Connect 4, and how I hope this contributes to nurturing growth mindset in her. I close with two posts with links that I shared on Twitter and one more with quotes from and responses to articles about to the joy of learning. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is a fair point, Karen! Thanks for continuing to find the voices of humor when you can.
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First Grade, Here I Come! is a solid addition to the ranks of books about starting school. I like that it covers activities throughout the year, rather than being only about overcoming fears on the first day (as are many in this niche). I also like the use of poetry to explore first grade events and activities, the kid-friendly humor, and the range of racial backgrounds conveyed by the illustrations. Libraries serving rising first graders will want to give this one a look. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for the feedback, Anamaria! I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking about these things. And I'm pretty sure that my daughter will be beating me constantly in a few years :-)
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In this post I outline the things that I hope my six year old daughter will learn from losing at Connect 4. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 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 for this relatively light week include book clubs, book lists, Books on Bikes, classroom reading, growing bookworms, homework, international books, libraries, literacy, raising readers, schools, and storytelling. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton is about a boy named Liam who desperately wants to receive some mail. One day, he write a letter to his mailbox, asking to get something in the mail. Something big. And lo and behold! A dragon comes out of the mailbox. After that, Liam gets a bit greedy, and asks for more and more stuff. Only when things get out of control does he find a better solution. Not to worry, though. He keeps the rather adorable dragon. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Today I have three links to share related to joy of learning. In the first, an elementary school principal looks to bring back play in school, starting with Kindergarten. In the second, a former teacher reflects on the damage that leveled classroom reading can do to students' motivation to read. In the third, a mom and blogger shares straightforward advice for preparing preschoolers for Kindergarten, including making sure kids have plenty of time for play. I think that all three of these articles are worth your time. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That's it exactly, Brenda (and said much more succinctly than my post).
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Agatha Parrot and the Odd Street School Ghost gives kids an entertaining narrator and ghostly mystery to solve. It stands out from more ordinary chapter book series, while maintaining a school and home setting. I think it will be a welcome addition to the ranks of chapter books here in the US. Libraries serving 7-10 year olds will definitely want to give this one a look. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's been a fairly quiet week on the blogs, but I do have posts on #BookLists, #PictureBooks, Amazon, Feminist Books, Lois Duncan, Pernille Ripp, reading, Rick Riordan, school libraries, teaching, accelerated learning. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post, I recount a recent incident that reminded me of the benefits of limiting screen time for kids. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a book that I would have found impossible to resist as a 10-year-old, and that I found difficult to resist even now, as an adult. It's a nice combination of creepy supernatural mystery and coming of age story, with bravery and battles set against musings on what makes up friendship and family. Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak will certainly not want to miss this sequel. And I look forward to reading about Serafina and Braeden's future adventures. Recommended! Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have four book reviews (three picture books and one middle grade) and one post about my daughter's latest literacy milestone (anticipating a sequel). I also have a post about my (play-based) plans for my daughter's summer learning. I close with two posts with links that I shared on Twitter and two more with quotes from and responses to articles about to the joy of learning. As you can see, I've been slowing getting my reviewing groove back. I have two reviews per week scheduled out for the next couple of months, which is a nice feeling. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Eureka Key offers a fine mix of adventure, history, and puzzles, as well as three distinctive (but not too quirky) and likable protagonists. This is a book that I would have adored as a nine-year-old, and read in a single sitting as an adult. I look forward to future books in the Secrets of the Seven series. Recommended for mystery and adventure loving kids, and the libraries who serve them. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Today I have three articles about creating more joyful learning (and joy in reading) for kids. The first is about giving kids time to "wonder aimlessly) to figure out what they most enjoy. The second is about giving kids reading choice, and not imposing rules on them that we would not follow ourselves. The third is about how one teacher is working to remake homework policies to better serve the needs of his students. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 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: #BookLists, Disney World, diverse books, #GrowthMindset, #SummerReading, Book Awards, leveled readers, libraries, reading aloud, reading choice, schools, teaching, parenting. Awards + Book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
OK, Terry, the thumbprint book it is. Thanks for the Child-specific recommendation! I should probably replenish the bubbles and sidewalk chalk - that would be a good addition to my list. I'm not as good as I should be about encouraging outdoor activities. Now you have me wanting to read some Nancy Drew books myself! Happy summer to you, too, Terry!
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Can I Tell You a Secret is a delightful picture book, perfect for the three to six-year-old set. It is certainly one that libraries and preschools will want to stock. It should have near-universal appeal for younger kids and their parents. It has plenty of repetition, and would also work as an early reader for slightly older kids. Highly recommended all around! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page