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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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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #ELL, #Homework, #math, #poetry, #STEM, coding, gift guides, libraries, Multicultural Children's Book Day, picture books, PISA, re-reading, schools, and testing. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I think you'll like this one, too, Brenda! And that's a good point about the covers matching :-)
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The Homework Strike by Greg Pincus is a sequel to The 14 Fibs of Gregory K (reviewed here), though it's not necessary to have read the first book. Gregory K., math-impaired middle child of a math-loving family, is now in seventh grade. He loves writing, especially poetry, but he finds himself with little time to write, because he spends 3 hours or more each day doing homework. Gregory is struggling, burned out, and, eventually, angry that homework is taking away time for the other pursuits that he and his friends enjoy. And so, with some subtle encouragement from his history teacher, Gregory goes on strike. It's when he's on strike that Gregory finds himself working harder and learning more than he would have ever imagined. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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A Well-Mannered Young Wolf, written by Jean Leroy and illustrated by Matthieu Maudet, is a darkly humorous tale with an ending that Jon Klassen fans should appreciate. While technically it is a book about the benefits that can come from using proper manners, the deadpan delivery makes it far more entertaining than didactic. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Last night I was busy tidying up, and I asked my daughter to go get into her pajamas, and said that I'd be in shortly to read with her. Things took me a bit more time than I expected. When I arrived in my daughter's room I found her propped up in her bed, reading All-Time Favorite Classics, a thick collection of stories based on Disney animated movies. She was quietly reading 101 Dalmatians, and told me that she wanted to finish reading that herself, and then have me come and read Peter Pan to her. I, of course, backed slowly away, and left her to her reading. When I did return I took my own book with me, and climbed in next to her, so that I would be there when she was ready. 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. It's been a bit of a light week for links, as people ease their way back in after the Thanksgiving holiday. But I do have some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I love it! That makes complete sense. Thanks, Jeri!
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Noah Webster & His Words is a picture book biography done right, from the choice of an important historical figure to the selection of anecdotes and facts to the choice of fonts. It belongs in primary school libraries and classrooms everywhere. As for me, I gained a new appreciation for Noah Webster, and for the importance of dictionaries in making America the distinct country it is today. Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have five book reviews (picture book and middle grade), one post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (using cliches), and one post about including a bit of subtraction practice during reading time. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter and one post about my recent efforts to cultivate an "attitude of gratitude." Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I saw that you reviewed this today, too, and was glad to see that you liked it, too (not surprised, I think we carry some similar preferences).
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The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle is a very fun new fantasy novel, the first of a series by Gabrielle Kent, previously released in the UK. The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle is about a boy named Alfie Bloom who lives a rather bleak life alone with his distracted inventor father. Alfie's life changes forever when he learns that he has inherited an ancient and mysterious castle, and is required to live there. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Page numbers and book chapters provide a natural opportunity for practicing subtraction. Obviously, I wouldn't want to turn every reading session into some sort of drill concerning number of pages. But if you have a child who is achievement-focused ("How many pages did we read today, Mommy?"), I don't think that there's any harm in using page numbers for a bit of extra math practice from time to time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
You have told me that story, Susan, but I love it! Have a great day!
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The Most Perfect Snowman, though not technically a holiday book, is all about giving, from the gifts that the children give to Drift to the gifts that Drift passes along. With its snowman-filled pages and winter adventures, it would make an excellent addition to a winter-themed library read-aloud. I would expect young readers to laugh in the middle, and say "aww" at the end. I look forward to reading this one with my own daughter. Recommended! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 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 (many, with Thanksgiving and kindness-related themes), #DiverseBooks, #KidLitCon, #PictureBooks, book awards, book talks, boys and reading, easy readers, gift guides, librarians, screen time, teaching, and Thanksgiving. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself a bit more introspective than usual. I am working on having an "attitude of gratitude". Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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The Magic Word is a book that kids will find fun from cover to cover. It should spark lots of interesting discussions, too, about what they would do if they discovered a magic word that could give them anything. I'm pretty sure that my daughter will be writing a "magic word" story of her own quite soon. Recommended! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for taking time comment, and for validating my own love of this book, Shutta! Happy Thanksgiving!
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I Am A Story is a celebration of the power of, and necessity of, story, one that few librarians will be able to resist. Recommended for library or home use by anyone who loves history and/or stories. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In the past 24 hours I've heard my daughter use two cliches/expressions correctly. Both of them caught my slightly by surprise, and I wondered where she had heard them. It struck me that correct use of such expressions is a mark of emergent literacy. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 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, #DiverseBooks, #GrowthMindset, #LittleFreeLibraries, #PictureBooks, #Thanksgiving, Andrea Beaty, audiobook, empathy, fiction, gift recommendations, growing bookworms, nonfiction, play, and reading. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'm sure that you'll enjoy it, Brenda!
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If the Magic Fits is the first book in the new 100 Dresses series by Susan Maupin Schmid. It's about a young orphan named Darling who is a lowly servant in a castle, the Under-presser (assistant to Lindy, the Head Presser, who irons the Princess's many garments). When a magical canary is moved to a closet holding 100 never worn dresses, a force is awakened in the castle, one that Darling can't resist trying on for size. Darling finds herself battling jealous servants while trying to understand the castle's magic, and also striving to keep the princess from making a terrible mistake. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have four picture book reviews, one post about The Pigeon invading our school's bus loop, and one sneaky parenting tip for getting your child to read aloud more. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter and one more in-depth post on recent joy of learning-related articles. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page