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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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Just SNOW Already! is Howard McWilliam's debut as an author. He previously illustrated the When A Dragon Moves In and I Need My Monster series, which my daughter and I also enjoyed (especially the former). Just SNOW Already! is super fun. The narrator, a small boy, is delighted when Dad tells him that "it might snow today." He keeps checking outside, but the snow doesn't come. He's dying for the snow, excited beyond words for how much fun he's going to have when it finally arrives. But every time he checks the street, there is "nothing ... happening out there." Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2023 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thank you for still following the blog, Judy, despite my increasingly sporadic posts. And how neat that we were reading Together together, if physically distance from one another. Hope 2021 is a better year for us all.
Thanks so much, Aileen! Happy New Year to you! May 2021 bring you health and happiness.
Thanks, Terry! It's been great getting to know you during these 15 years, and I look forward to connecting again with you in person one of these days. Happy New Year!!
New Year's Greetings to any of you who are still following my sorely neglected blog. December 17th marked the blog's 15th birthday. I had hopes of doing a post to celebrate that, but today will have to do. I am still here, and grateful for my years of blogging and reviewing books. Sadly, however, juggling work and family responsibilities in this pandemic year has caused blogging to fall off my plate. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
She has certainly dabbled in playing library, Terry. But she told me yesterday that she felt like that made all the books we have around too familiar. She wants something new that will catch her eye. The wish to be a librarian has faded a bit, but she still loves books, which is obviously the piece I want to keep alive.
Thanks, Jennifer! Those are great. I mean, not the same as browsing, but much, much better than my disorganized piles. We ordered the first of Lisa Greenwald's TBH novels based on one of your boards. Thanks for making those and for sending the link.
My family was having a discussion about the (still undecided) question of whether her school would re-open for in-person learning in the fall. We agreed that a benefit of in-person schooling would be (I think?) access to the school library. My daughter sighed a bit over her months-long separation from the library and said: "I need the library because I'm out of call-out books." Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much, Judy! I had no idea that this particular moment would resonate so much. Thanks for sharing your thoughts along the way as you read the post, too. That was really interesting. Thanks for celebrating with me, and for always encouraging us in this journey. I'm so glad that it brightened your day.
The "it might click later" argument is one reason why I just went ahead and bought the book, Karen. I like having lots of candidate books lying around. She misses her school library a lot, and I feel that calls for some extra book purchases. I know that we're lucky that I'm able to do it. And that is wonderful regarding Picky Reader. It makes me happy, too :-).
I haven't been blogging much of late, but my daughter (now 10) has continued in her development as a reader. Today I share a small moment that may resonate with fellow book-lovers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter over the past 3 weeks @JensBookPage. Topics include #BookLists, #coronavirus, #DistanceLearning, #FreeSpeech, #GraphicNovels, #Homeschool, #HybridLearning, #JoshFunk, #JoyOfRead, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #play, #ReadingChoice, #SchoolReopening, #SummerReading, #VirtualLearning, reading, and schools. Hope you find some useful tidbits! Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for taking time for this detailed comment, and for sharing all the book recommendations from your son! I think it's wonderful to hear about an 11 year old boy who is such a prolific reader. I think he's reading amazing books, too! Definitely keep doing what you're doing to encourage him, because it's working :-). A couple of other suggestions for him, if he hasn't read them: The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins and the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Rick Yancey's Fifth Wave books are also fabulous (but more YA than middle grade). My daughter tried The Lightning Thief a couple of times and just didn't get it into it - I really should try again, as she looks for her next big series. She did like the 13 Story Treehouse books a while back. I tried Al Capone Does My Shirts and Spy School for her, thinking those would be up her alley, but no luck so far. She prefers to browse through my stacks of review copies looking for something to catch her eye, but that's been less successful than doing so at the (much, much better organized and curated) school library. I think it's outright stubbornness that keeps her from even trying the ones that I specifically suggest. Ah well, she'll hopefully find more on her own. Sorry I didn't include comments on my own reads this time around - there just wasn't time. Jinxed was my favorite of new-to-me middle grade books. Thanks again for commenting - it's been fun talking books with you!!
I'll be including one post rounding up my Twitter links for the past month or so. You can find others on my blog if you are so inclined. I also have a Bookworm Moments post about a book-inspired declaration that I am the best mommy in the world, and a post about the joy of re-reading a favorite childhood book series. I had only one other post since the last newsletter (besides the links), about home learning in the very early stages of the shutdown. I find it's a bit dated, so I'm not including it in the newsletter. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from links that I shared on Twitter over the past month @JensBookPage. Although blogging got away from me over these past two months, I did continue sharing links as I found them on Twitter. Fewer than before (I pruned my blogroll significantly due to time constraints), but still lots of good stuff. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Hi Judy, A tiny copy of the Secret Garden sounds adorable. Not sure if I've ever mentioned this, but The Secret Garden was the book that I read to my daughter while she was in the NICU. I haven't re-read it since, but it is extra-special for me. And yes, I always enjoy reading Karen's comments about her daughters, too. Thank you for your comments. I'm glad I had a post for you to read for a change!
I'm not at all surprised that you loved The Velvet Room, too, Karen! I don't even really need the book for that one. I can just go there in my mind as a quick respite. And yes, checking the same book out of the library many times is an indicator for purchase around here, too. Thanks for reading and commenting, despite my long absence.
In these conflict-ridden times, a love of books is a gift. If you have a book that you love, no matter what happens in your regular life, you can always go back to visit. You just have to open up the book. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I hope this post finds you all safe and well. I'm doing fine here. However, I haven't been blogging very much lately, as I balance work and family responsibilities. I have continued to read a few newsletters and blog posts, and I've been sharing links that I think are useful as I find them. Here are highlights from my twitter @JensBookPage. Topics include #BookLists, #conversation, #DistanceLearning, #HarryPotter, #HomeLearning, #Homeschooling, #IdeologicalDiversity, #JoyOfReading, #MentalHealth, #MTHAdventures, #OutdoorPlay, #Podcasts, #ReadAloud, #RemoteLearning, #SocialIsolation, #StorySeeds, #VirtualFieldTrip, #writing, events, parenting, reading, and research. Stay safe and keep reading, my friends! Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It is funny. It's like a brand new notebook, even if you have 50 of them already.
My daughter ran across a brand new copy of Raina Telgemeier's Smile that I had stashed on a shelf where I keep potential gifts. (You never know when you might need a solid graphic novel for a short-notice birthday gift.) Here's the conversation that followed: Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Work ethic is clearly a core value that your mother instilled in you, Karen. Your students, and your blog readers, benefit. I know I appreciate you, more and more as my daughter enters her tween years and falls more directly into your target review range.
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter recently @JensBookPage. Topics include #BookWeek2020AtHome, #coronavirus, #DistanceLearning, #EducationalEquity, #OnlineLearning, #Play, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #SocialDistancing, parenting, reading, and teaching. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Well, I may have spoken too soon because we logged in yesterday and things do seem to be ramping up. But we'll find a balance. I still want her to spend lots of time reading and doing LEGO and Minecraft.
I did see something somewhere about that already, and have talked about it with friends. I think that as more and more people start losing their jobs (unfortunately but inevitably), awareness is going to grow that this is affecting people differently. But I also think that all of our experiences are valid. What I mean is, the losses of the kids missing out on the rituals of proms and graduations are real, too.