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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: In the After Author: Demitria Lunetta Pages: 464 Age Range: 13 and up In the After is the first of a two-book series by Demitria Lunetta (the second book was just released, though I haven't read it yet). In... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 authors, book lists, the Cybils, common core, aging, ebooks, apps, growing bookworms, kidlitcon, reading, writing, play, schools, libraries, and summer reading. Books... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Pinballs is a great book, isn't it, Ami? I was so glad that it held up to my positive impression from childhood. I found that it actually had a few useful things to say to me as a parent. Yes, Code Name Verity is devastating. I have not been able to bring myself to read the companion book - I just can't do it. I thought that CNV was brilliant, though. I added An Inquiry into Love and Death to my wish list earlier this week, based on your review :-)
Book: I Didn't Do My Homework Because ... Authors: Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud Pages: 44 Age Range: 6-9 I Didn't Do My Homework Because ... is a celebration of the ingenuity of childhood. On the first page, a teacher... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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It's here! Time to register for the 2014 Kidlitosphere Conference, otherwise known as KidLitCon14. You can find the registration form at the Kidlitosphere Central website. Registration will be open until September 19th, but there is no need to delay. Many... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: The Young World Author: Chris Weitz Pages: 384 Age Range: 14 and up The Young World by Chris Weitz is a post-apocalyptic survival story, this one featuring a mysterious illness that kills everyone except teens (they continue to catch... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'm proud to say that I have a post up today at one of my very favorite blogs, The Nerdy Book Club. I talk about the 8th annual KidLitCon, and how for me this conference on children's book blogging is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 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 authors, awards, book lists, diversity, growing bookworms, kidlitcon, blogging, ebooks, teaching, and summer reading. Authors and Books The Rise Of Young Adult... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair Author: Kate Bernheimer Illustrator: Jake Parker Pages: 40 Age Range: 4-8 The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair, written by Kate Bernheimer and illustrated by Jake Parker, is my favorite type of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Good Night, Sleep Tight Author: Mem Fox Illustrator: Judy Horacek Pages: 32 Age Range: 3-5 Good Night, Sleep Tight is a fun little bedtime book, chock full of nursery rhymes both well-known and obscure. Two siblings, Bonnie and Ben,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I didn't know that there was an Abuela story, too, Debbie. I'll have to keep an eye out!
Definitely fun! I loved it immediately. Hope you can get a copy.
Book: My Pet Book Author: Bob Staake Pages: 40 Age Range: 3-7 I love Bob Staake's picture books. I especially love Mary Had a Little Lamp, written by Jack Lechner and illustrated by Staake, about a little girl who has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I cried when reading it silently to myself, a bit. But it's worth it. It's wonderful! There are a couple of companion books, too.
I use a $35 Sansa Clip for my MP3 player. I have to replace them every couple of years, but they are wonderfully small and light and easy to use. I have an Audible subscription that gets me 2 books a month, but I'm now dabbling in library books, too. As for time, that's definitely the hard part. I get up really early so that I can walk with out guilt over other things I'm not doing. But I am tired...
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. I am posting a day early this week because of the July 4th holiday. Topics this week include: authors, awards, book lists, common core, growing bookworms,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I loved Dark Triumph, too, Ami. Don't know the other one. And I can't wait to be able to read the Harry Potter books to my daughter. It will be a while, though... That's a tough recommendation question. Maybe an Abundance of Katherines by John Green? Or The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson? Do you like to read them realistic or fantasy? Or Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick.
I've never heard that complaint before - most people seem to love Dale's work. I'll have to see what I think...
Seems like we are reading in parallel. I like that :-) I'll be starting The Sorcerer's Stone tomorrow - I have just a little bit left of my current audiobook.
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I am pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2014 KidLitCon. The 8th annual KidLitCon will be held in Sacramento, CA on October 10th and 11th, with sessions held on both days. This year’s theme is Blogging Diversity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 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 1, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Book: Abuelo Author: Arthur Dorros Illustrator: Raul Colon Pages: 32 Age Range: 4-8 Abuelo by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Raul Colon, is a quiet picture book about the relationship between a boy and his grandfather. They live somewhere in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Kids are amazing intuitive, aren't they, Jenny? Scaling back on chapter books makes sense - keep it as fun as possible. We dabbled in chapter books and then my daughter lost interest. I'm going to wait and see what she pushes for next.
Thanks, Rosemond. I'm not surprised that there's a book about this phenomenon. There are a lot of good things about being read to, and kids are smart enough to get that :-) Glad you still read to your almost 10 year old.