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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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In this post, I describe an incident in which my daughter borrowed an idea from a children's book, modified it, and made it her own. Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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KidLitCon is coming! The Kidlitosphere conference will be held in Wichita, KS on October 14th and 15th. The deadline to get the truly excellent conference rate at the KidLitCon hotel is TODAY. The early bird conference registration rate expires next Friday, September 30th. If you’ve been thinking about attending KidLitCon, now is the time to make plans. Continue reading
Posted 3 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. Not included are the live tweets that I did of the Cybils panelist announcement, as there were many of those. You can find the lists of panelists on the Cybils blog. Other topics this week include #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #PictureBooks, #WorldReadAloudDay, Growing Bookworms, Harry Potter, introversion, kidlitosphere, libraries, Mo Willems, parenting, reading aloud, reading choice, recess, school librarians, and schools. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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The Bronze Key is the third book in the five-book Magisterium series, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, following The Iron Trial and The Copper Gauntlet. This is a fine series for fans of middle grade fantasy. It has echoes of the Harry Potter series, but with plenty of unique attributes, too. We have a boy who is special (and connected intimately with someone evil) because of something that happened to him as a baby. We have a magical school, fleshed out via inventive world-building. We have two best friends, one male and one female. And we have, in this installment, an overhanging threat, a spy to be uncovered, and dating dynamics between young teens. Yes, this is a must-read series for fans of epic middle grade fantasy, school stories, and/or twisty plots. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Kids are sharper than a lot of people give them credit for.
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In this issue of the #GrowingBookworms newsletter I have four book reviews (picture book through middle grade) and two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (declaring herself a person who loves to write, and changing the ending of a book). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. I'll have a post with articles about joy of learning soon - I do have a couple of things saved up, but haven't had time to add my comments. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, the open-endedness of writing is definitely a bonus. And I think that for kids who have heard a lot of stories, it's natural to want to create them. I suspect that our first graders would get along were they to meet :-)
Your daughters would have liked "How To Be A Hero" by Florence Parry Heide. It basically busts on how non-heroic the heroes of classic stories are, in the Disney-type versions. Love that your princesses got jobs after marriage.
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This Is My Dollhouse would be a great choice for any child who enjoys making things. It belongs in libraries everywhere, particularly those serving early elementary school children. It would make a wonderful birthday or holiday gift, especially if accompanied by a large cardboard box. Highly recommended. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post, I share my daughter's latest literacy milestone, suggesting a revision to the ending of a picture book. Continue reading
Posted 7 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 this week include #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #STEM, asperger's syndrome, book awards, Growing Bookworms, math, play, publishing, Raising Readers, read aloud, Rick Riordan, teaching, the Cybils Awards, and World Book Day. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Steg-O-Normous is the second book the The Oodlethunks series of illustrated early chapter books, following Oona Finds an Egg. In this installment, Stacy, the stegosaurus that hatched in the previous book, is growing by leaps and bounds, causing challenges for Oona Oodlethunk and her family. When she learns that her parents are going to banish Stacy from the family cave (due to her advanced size), Oona bravely seeks the help of the local witch. But in the end, it is Stacy who saves herself, and various citizens of West Woggle. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Kim! Reading to kids is so important. I know that people who read this blog get it, and that's exactly why I wanted to share this post :-)
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Parents who loved Rosie's Walk (currently available in paper and board book formats) as children will not want to miss out on the chance to share Where, Oh Where, Is Rosie's Chick? with their kids. These two books together would also make a nice addition to a kindergarten or preschool classroom library. Recommended and sure to please! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I agree that it's the corrections that make kids hate writing. I'm trying to keep it fun as much as I can at home, that's for sure. We worked on a story this weekend and she wanted to just dictate to me because it was so much faster, and I figured that was fine. She's still thinking about the story, which is the most important part. The rest will eventually follow. As for why more parents don't read to their kids, I think it's a combination of not understanding how much it helps and just not having the time. Sad, though...
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In this post, I share my daughter's latest literacy milestone, declaring herself to be a person who loves to write. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 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, #PictureBooks, #ReadAloud, Anna Dewdney, Cybils Awards, growing bookworms, libraries, parenting, reading, schools, self-reliance, and testing. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I thought this one hit a good sweet spot. I think it's going to do well as a series. Kind of nice that after the first book they won't need to be read in order, either.
Random House recently reissued (with new covers and eBook editions) two middle grade novels about a twelve-year-old boy nicknamed Skinnybones. The Skinnybones books were originally published in the 1980s, but I found them to be nearly timeless, with only a very few anachronisms that modern-day kids might notice (like not being able to DVR a TV commercial, and it being unusual for one's home to be locked). I don't believe that I had ever read these as a kid - I would have been a bit old for them by the time they came out - but I thoroughly enjoyed reading them now. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 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 through middle grade), two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter, and two more posts with more in-depth highlights from articles about the joy of learning. I do have a couple of literacy milestone/parenting posts that I am working on, so I should have more on that front for the next issue. I'm still adjusting to changes in our family's routine due to the start of the new school year, and my blogging time has been fairly limited. More soon, I hope... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Glad you saw the review. We will certainly look forward to future books in the series.
Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventures is a collection of three early chapter books about seven-year-old Sofia and her close-knit extended family. Sofia's adventures in this book (there are several others) include standing out on school picture day, making a piñata for her Abuela's birthday, and recapturing an escaped class mouse. I found the tales to be realistic, if occasionally predictable for the adult reader (of course the mouse was going to escape). I think that kids in the target age range will find Sofia's adventures to be both accessible and relatable. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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There is a fair bit of illusion to Curse of the Boggin, and young readers will enjoy trying to figure out what is real and what isn't. They may come away from Curse of the Boggin with a fear of something scary bursting out from beneath their beds. But I think that they'll also come away looking forward to future books about The Library. Recommended for fans of supernatural stories and mysteries, and for anyone who appreciates books. Curse of the Boggin is a promising start to what I expect will be a long-running series. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 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: #KidLitCon, beginning readers, celebrity picture books, diverse books, homework, recess, school, Screen Time, the Cybils Awards. video games, writing contest, Mrs. P Storytime, education and The Pigeon. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Jen Robinson's Book Page