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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. This week we have, as usual, plenty of books lists, along with posts about the Cybils Awards, diversity, growing bookworms, reading-related events, literacy programs, reading, writing, publishing, schools, and libraries Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Well, sure, if you're an adult, digging a portal to another world is a very cool thing. But for a four year old girl (or mine, anyway), it's all about the big jewels :-)
Yes, this book is perpetually being challenged. It's such an important book, too. Really a shame that people can't always see that.
I Am Cow, Hear Me MOO! is read-aloud friendly and humorous, with a distinctive illustration style. I think that it will work best for preschooler, kids old enough to appreciate the humor, and young enough to accept the absurdities of the story without question. Recommended for group read-aloud, though probably a better fit for one-on-one parent/child reading, where one can look at the illustrations in detail, and perhaps discuss how Nadine ended up in trouble. This is a fun one! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for the feedback, Susan. It is a bit tricky to choose because you are not alone - a lot of people only review books that they like. But I'm trying to select the ones that, as far as I can tell from the review, really look outstanding. The trick is to know the bloggers - some are much more restrained than others :-). And I have a general idea that there should be less than 10 per week... I have agonized over what to review in the past. These days I'm setting the bar pretty high. What I tell myself is that I can't possibly review all the good books, so I try to think of every one that I do manage to review as a tiny candle that I'm lighting in the vast darkness.
n this issue I have five book reviews (picture book through middle grade), a post about the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report, and two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently. I also launched a new #KidLitFaves series this week in which I highlight rave reviews of children's and young adult books by other bloggers. I would love to hear your feedback on this new feature. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Tiara Saurus Rex, by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Mike Boldt, is a dinosaur book for tiara-wearing, dress-up-loving girls (or a beauty pageant book for dinosaur-obsessed boys who have a yen for sparkle, I suppose). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
There are only so many titles that I can review myself, however (particularly without burnout). But every day I see reviews on my friends' blogs. So I've decided to try to keep an eye out for those reviews, by people I trust, in which it is clear that the reviewer really likes the book. I'm going to start sharing links to those reviews on Twitter (with hashtag #KidLitFaves, first used by Australia mom @SquiggleMum) and Facebook, and rounding them up here. Hopefully over time this will become a useful resource. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: book lists, the Cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, kidlit events, literacy research, the kidlitosphere, reading, publishing, schools, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Case of the Missing Moonstone is the first book in a very fun new mystery series for younger middle grade readers. The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series features the imagined adventures of two real-life historical figures: Lady Ada Byron (daughter of the poet, and who has been called the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Godwin (author of Frankenstein, and who has been called the world's first science writer). Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The surprise of loving a sloth is definitely part of this book's beauty, Stacey! Glad you guys liked it, too.
Sparky! is not a dramatic, exciting sort of book. Instead, it's the kind of book that makes readers smile, and that you appreciate more on the second reading than on the first. Sparky! is a quiet celebration of loyalty towards an unconventional friend. I read this from a library copy, but I am strongly tempted to purchase my own copy. Recommended, particularly for first and second graders. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is really interesting, Corey. Thanks for taking time to comment. I'm relatively sensitive to agenda-driven books - perhaps I was projecting here. My daughter does enjoy the book!
Ninja Red Riding Hood is a modern, diverse twist on an old story, with read-aloud-friendly text and dynamic illustrations. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is good advice, Katy, for parents to read the new stuff with their kids. I think it's a valid thing as a parent to say "no, I won;t re-read the same book to you over and over again. But if you want to read it yourself over and over again, sure." I was a big re-reader as a kid, and here I am today, still in love with books :-)
Thanks so much, Katy! I do expect that I'll be here :-)
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. I have the usual smattering of book lists, along with links to stories about diversity, growing bookworms, literacy programs, reading, publishing, schools, libraries, parenting, and the kidlitosphere. As there were many links related to the Cybils awards this week, I published those separately yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Fifth Edition of the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was published today. There is a lot of great content available on the Scholastic website, from downloads of the full report to infographics outlining key findings. Here are some of the findings from the report that stood out for me (see full set of Key Findings here), with some of my thoughts on them: Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, I think so, Carol. Hamster is SUCH fun! I love Cynthia's middle grade books, too.
I liked that about Soup Day, too, Claire. While that doesn't happen to reflect our family, we know plenty of families of mixed ethnicities. I don't believe I even commented on that with my daughter - she would just take it in stride. But I did notice and appreciate it myself. Soup Day was a book that we had checked out of the library and that my daughter liked so much we had to purchase it.
I was never very into animal books as a kid. And the one from your link looks a bit sparkly for me. But this animal adoption one I found very cute - definitely keeping it for when my daughter is a little bit older (not so far off now at all, I'm realizing).
Clover's Luck is a delightful addition to the ranks of early chapter books. I look forward to future titles in the series, and hope that they are available in time for my almost five-year-old to appreciate them. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
There has been plenty of buzz around the Kidlitosphere since the Cybils shortlists were announced last week. Here are the links that I've shared on Twitter (and, in many case, the Cybils Facebook page). Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It's a very nice one, Susan. I can definitely see why you like it!
My 9 year old self would have adored the Greenglass House. I'm regretting that I got it on Kindle, because it will be harder to read with my daughter in the future. I did see a significant part of the ending coming, but then she kind of convinced me that I was wrong :-) Hope your son likes Fake ID. And hope that you're all healthy very soon!