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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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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include the Amelia Elizabeth Walden award, book lists, growing bookworms, World Read Aloud Day, Read Where You Are, book donation, Legos, summer learning loss, KidLitCon, time management, schools, libraries, reading, publishing, bookstores, and parenting. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That would definitely be a good fit, Susan! What a great idea.
I certainly hope so, Lauri :-). Thanks for taking time to comment!
The Piper Green series is a promising addition to the ranks of early chapter books. Librarians serving new readers will definitely want to take a look at these. The setting is inherently interesting, and there's just the tiniest hint of magic to add an extra thrill. Piper is not a very "girly" girl, and I see no reason why boys wouldn't enjoy this series just as much as girls do. There are boats, and smelly fish, donuts, and class pets. What's not to love? Recommended for newly independent readers, age 7 to 9. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms Newsletter I have four book reviews (picture book and YA). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post about a new literacy milestone for my daughter (giving books to others as gifts). Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It actually has a fairly classic feel. But I really like this one, Gail.
Rico the Sock Monkey is a quiet little book that celebrates the bond between child and toy, from the perspective of an appealing little toy sock monkey. I hope that this book, like Rico, finds its way into homes where children will love it. I know I do. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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I this post, I describe my daughter's latest literacy milestone: giving books that she has selected as an unprompted gift. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 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 book lists, gender, fantasy, realistic fiction, ebooks, apps, literacy programs, growing bookworms, reading, publishing, authors, kidlitcon, parenting, and teaching. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) would make a wonderful classroom read-aloud for first or second graders. It's funny, but with a point, and with particular relevance to the school-going audience. The message about how we perceive people is relatively subtle (and there's some backsliding at the end of the book, to keep things light). Recommended for home, school, or library use. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Damage Done is a brand new young adult thriller by Amanda Panitch. It's told from the first person viewpoint of Lucy Black, who used to be known as Julia Vann. Julia's life changed forever when her twin brother Ryan killed 11 people in their school's band room. Due to intense media scrutiny (and very unhappy neighbors), Julia and her parents changed their names and moved from northern to southern California. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 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 The Eisner Awards, the Guardian Children's Fiction prize, book lists, diversity, first book, gender, growing bookworms, reading comprehension, Nancy Drew, parenting, reading, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for the recommendation, Amy. My daughter was interested as soon as she saw the cover :-)
I Will Take a Nap! by Mo WIllems is a must-purchase title for libraries, and a fine addition to anyone's home collection of Elephant & Piggie early readers. Highly recommended! Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Will do, Lauri! Always happy to help make someone laugh :-) Have a great day!
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In this issue I have three book reviews (picture book to YA), plus a post with three mini reviews of books about kids wanting pets. I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post about a new literacy milestone for my daughter (creating signs to express her preferences). Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Makes sense to me for spelling to reflect how the child would say the word :-)
The desire for a pet is a frequently-covered topic in picture books. Two of my favorites on this theme are Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid. Three new titles on this topic recently crossed my desk, two from HarperCollins and one from Chronicle Books, that I thought were worth sharing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post I describe my daughter's latest literacy milestone, making a sign to express her preference for "No Little Brothers Allowed." Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 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 Shirley Hughes, book awards, book lists, nonfiction picture books, summer books, the Cybils awards, 30 million-word gap, reading choice, growing bookworms, reading aloud, fathers reading, baseball, writing, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
If you are a fan of Little Golden Books, or you are a fan of Disney movies and stories, you'll find much to smile about in Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Glad you liked it, too, Anamaria. I don't know out the journals - I like to read books without knowing too much about where they came from ;-). But that would be interesting...
I think you'll like it, Becky!
The Hired Girl is a lovely addition to the ranks of historical fiction, one that I hope is widely read. The fact that Laura Amy Schlitz won the 2008 Newbery Award for Good Masters, Sweet Ladies (also historical fiction) should help. Fans of Schlitz's A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama will also enjoy The Hired Girl (though that latter is aimed at a slightly older audience). Bottom line? I expect big things from The Hired Girl. I look forward to re-reading it one day, when my daughter is old enough to appreciate it. Highly recommended. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 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 Latino Book Awards, book lists, diversity, read-aloud books, speculative fiction, summer reading, time travel, growing bookworms, phonics, literacy programs, writing, ebooks, James Patterson, and teaching boys. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page