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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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Oh, it's definitely a bookworm win. And she still wanted the third book, even without having LOVED the first two. So she did like them ok. Maybe I'll at least show her teacher the photo at her conference next week.
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In this post I share my daughter's latest bookworm moment: reading while walking through the mall. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I love reading photos, too, Terry (no surprise, of course). I like the idea of putting up a collection!
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I don't know about your kids, but my 9 year old daughter LOVES to look at pictures of herself as a baby / toddler / etc. This is always nice, of course, but something I noticed recently was that looking at these photos is reinforcing her identity as a person who loves books. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Shine! is a just-released title by the husband-and-wife writing team of J.J. and Chris Grabenstein. I read it last weekend in a single sitting, and thought that it was wonderful. I highly recommend it for upper elementary schoolers. I'm going to give it to my daughter when she is a bit more willing to give non-illustrated fiction a fair shake. Continue reading
Posted 2 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. I am finally digging out a bit from work, and I managed to find a ton of great stuff this week. Topics include: #AbilityGroups, #BookHooks, #BookLists, #BrainDevelopment, #DiverseBooks, #GrowthMindset, #Homeschool, #LoveOfReading, #PajamaDrive, #ProductiveStruggle, #ReadAloud, #ReadingChoice, #ReadYourWorld, #SchoolLibraries, #ScreenTime, #SketchNoting, #STEM, diversity, gender, kindness, parenting, reading, and testing. Happy reading! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That's great, Terry! This idea is even better when you can introduce a friend to the joys of the library. I love it!
In this post I share a new tip for growing bookworms: schedule playdates at the public library. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter over the past two weeks @JensBookPage. I haven't had a lot of time for reading posts and articles, but I did manage to save a slew of links to booklists and gift guides. Other topics include #BookHooks, #DeepLearning, #DigitalMedia, #Diwali, #DyslexiaAwareness, #Failure, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #Halloween, #HistoryBee, #Homework, #JoyOfReading, #KnowledgeGap, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #SocialMedia, journalism, libraries, parenting. Happy Halloween, all! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 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 #AI, #BookFair, #BrainDevelopment, #EarlyChildhoodEd, #EducationResearch, #GraphicNovels, #HigherEd, #Homework, #JoyOfReading, #LoveOfBooks, #ReadingIdentity, #ScreenTime, libraries, parenting, teaching, testing, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for your comment re Amazon, Barb. I must say that I don't usually order books online from anyone but Amazon, so I can't really pretend that I do. When I'm in a bricks and mortar store, I always buy books, and I do talk about that when it happens. But I will keep your input in mind in terms of how I phrase things here. In retrospect, saying that it was an Amazon delivery wasn't at all necessary to the point of the post. Thanks! And thanks for your positive feedback about the post in general. I certainly agree that we all know how great it is to find that book that works specifically for us.
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have three posts about my daughter's latest "Bookworm Moments": one about having a book call out to her; another about building a reading nook; and the third about mourning a ruined book. I also have a post in which I share some sad snapshots of the impact of reading levels on families and another about when giving kids reading choice is hard on a parent. I have published several posts with literacy and reading-related links that I shared on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 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 #AchievementGap, #BookAwards, #BookLists, #ClassroomLibraries, #EdTech, #gender, #grades, #GrowingBookworms, #LoveOfReading, #OutdoorPlay, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #ThirdGradeCliff, parenting, publishing, schools, sleep, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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My daughter was out with my husband the other day. When she came home she immediately came to find me, with something in her hands. I couldn't quite see what it was when she called out: "Mommy! Something died!". I thought maybe they had seen a dead animal by the side of the road or something. But no. The "something" that had died was her copy of the Anne of Green Gables graphic novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler. Apparently after the book sat in the heat in my husband's car for some period of time, the glue binding the pages together gave way. The book fell to pieces in my daughter's hands. She was devastated! Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'm with you on this, Katie: "anything has to be better than telling kids they can't read their favorite books because they're on the "wrong" level!". As is Donalyn, of course. I do think it's an interesting data point that your daughter and your friend's daughter are both exactly where they should be, without any focus on reading levels at all. I think you are positioning your kids well to all grow up enjoying reading.
Here are a few things I've seen or heard about from classrooms where students are required to read within their designated "Reading Level" (as determined by the Star Reading Test and monitored via regular AR quizzes) Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 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, #Bullying, #coding, #eBooks, #GrowingBookworms, #LoveOfBooks, #MentalHealth, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #testing, parenting, publishing, and hard work. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post, I share my experience with my daughter creating a book nook in an unexpected cozy area in our house. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Your situation is funny, Cathy, because I think it's more often the parent preferring the more classic literature. But as you say, the fact that your daughter loves books is what's important. I think I was particularly sad about Ivy and Bean and Clementine and such because she is just past them, in terms of her reading level. I think the next level, the more solidly middle grade stuff, can last a bit longer. I hope so anyway. I would like her to find some new favorites, whatever those might be. And yes, we made others happy. Which is an excellent thing to be able to do.
I do keep a lot of books in my own library, Farida. In my house, everyone has veto power before a book is passed along. There are picture books that my daughter doesn't remember us reading over and over, but my husband and I remember. So we keep those, too.
I do like the Penderwicks, and I kept those, too, but I didn't even TRY those with kiddo. Happy to have made you chuckle today, Tanita.
Oh yes, I never even tried much with my own childhood favorites. Though she's only 9 - there is still a chance for the Mixed Up Files. But they are their own people, our daughters, aren't they?
It is hard sometimes, but I do try to respect her right to make her own choices. I'm glad read-aloud works that way sometimes for your son. My daughter does it the opposite way - uses our read-aloud time to get me to read things that I wouldn't have picked up on my own, like Big Nate (which I like much more than I would have expected).
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Last week my daughter and I moved two bookshelves, as part of a project to create a reading nook. This required taking all of the books off the shelves. Naturally, I took the opportunity to do some weeding and organizing at the same time. Weeding was necessary because the books were stacked two deep, and the ones in the back were basically lost. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 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, #BookSelection, #ClassroomLibraries, #eBooks, #GraphicNovels, #GrowthMindset, #LoveOfBooks, #PictureBooks, #play, #ReadingLevels, #ScreenTime, parenting, publishing, reading, and schools. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page