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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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Everything Goes: By Sea is the latest picture book in this very fun series by Brian Biggs (following Everything Goes: By Land and Everything Goes: In the Air plus various board books and early readers). As in the previous two books, Everything Goes: By Sea follows a young boy and his parents as they head out on a trip. In this instance, the family is taking their distinctive purple car aboard a ferry, to travel to an island for summer vacation. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think you'll like Unmade, Ami. These books really stayed in my head more than a lot of others do - there's just something about them. One day I'll have to read Brennan's Demon's Lexicon series... Glad that your older kids enjoyed The Secret Garden. It would have been sad otherwise. I'm still looking forward to reading that one with my daughter. I hope they like Island of the Blue Dolphins. And kudos to you for reading books that drive you crazy, because your youngest loves them. I know how hard it can be :-) Hopefully the phase will pass soon.
I definitely jumped on this one, Kate. I hope you get to read it soon.
I think you will like it, Charlotte :-)
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Note that links related to KidLitCon were shared yesterday. Today's link topics include book lists, the cybils awards, diversity, banned books week, growing bookworms, reading, publishing, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
So glad you found this useful, Nina. I usually post these every Friday. I know it's a little hard to read Tweets if you aren't used to it, so I'm extra-glad that you were able to use this to find some poetry book suggestions.
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Tomorrow, Setpember 26th, is the last day to register for the 8th annual Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon). KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who blog about, and care about, children's and young adult books. We are teachers, librarians, parents, authors,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Author: Garth Nix Pages: 400 Age Range: 13 and up Clariel is the long-awaited fourth book (a prequel to the others) in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series (following Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen). I read the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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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 also shared two posts on my blog about the Cybils book awards and the upcoming Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon). Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Book: Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle (iBooks link) Author: George Hagen Illustrator: Scott Bakal Pages: 384 Age Range: 9-12 Something about Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Revenge called to me from the pile of books arriving on my shelf.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Reposted from the Kidlitosphere Central blog: We have a fabulous program and an exciting list of attendees for this year’s KidLitCon (being held October 10th and 11th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento, CA). The original registration deadline was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 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. Not included here are the many Cybils-related links, particularly when I was live-tweeting the Cybils panelist announcements. I do have links related to books, book lists,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
he Case of the Stolen Sixpence is the first book in a fun new mystery series by Holly Webb, author of the Rose series. The Maisie Hitchins series is aimed at readers who are past early readers, but not quite ready for middle grade novels. The lines are widely spaced, the chapters are fairly short, and there are black and white illustrations by Marion Lindsay every few pages. I believe that this title would fall happily into the Early Chapter Books category for the Cybils awards. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts is, yes, another young adult novel about two kids with cancer who become involved with one another. But it's quite distinct from The Fault in Our Stars, from characters to setting (Australia). Zac and Mia begins with a first-person section from Zac's viewpoint. Zac is in isolation in a hospital in Perth recovering from a bone marrow transplant. He is intrigued when he glimpses and hears a new patient in the room next door, a girl of about his age. The two teens connect by tapping on their shared hospital wall, and eventually on Facebook. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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.
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This post is a status update for the 2014 Cybils Book Awards and the 8th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 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.
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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 Sep 12, 2014 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. http://jkrbooks.typepad.com/blog/2014/04/moldylocks-and-the-three-beards-noah-z-jones.html
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 Sep 11, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
This one really worked for me in that regard, Susan. Thanks for passing it along!
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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 Sep 10, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I hope you like it, Becky :-)
It does please me knowing that there are others out there :-)