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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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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's a fairly light week because I was traveling. I'll probably have extra links for you all next time. Topics today include #AI, #BookLists, #HigherEd, #HigherEd, #learning, #LoveOfReading, #nonfiction, #play, #ReadingChoice, #STEM, #testing, and libraries. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this post I share my daughter's latest literacy milestone, creating a coherent travel narrative from two-year-old diary notes. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much, Judy! I always so value your feedback, and appreciate your support. I do know that there are potential obstacles ahead in my quest to maintain her love of reading (AR, standardized testing, dry whole class novels), but things like this Mother's Day card make me optimistic! And I know that I have you pulling for us, which definitely helps. Have a great week!
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have two posts with my daughter's latest literacy milestones. The first is about attending her first author signing. The second is about making connections through reading. I also have two posts written in response to the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report, one about the "Decline by Nine" and the other about factors that encourage frequent readers. I also have three posts with literacy and reading-related links shared over the past few weeks on Twitter. I have a summary of our recent reading below. Continue reading
Posted 5 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 #CharterSchools, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #eBooks, #EducationalEquity, #grit, #GrowthMindset, #Happiness, #KidLitCon, #Kindle, #play, #ReadAloud, #schools, #STEM, #SummerReading, curriculum, Daniel Pink, math, poetry, recess, and testing. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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I'm making my way through the 7th edition of the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report, released in April. In this post, I discuss the report's findings on the factors that are common to kids who are frequent readers, and share recommendations for parents in light of these findings. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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My daughter was reading in the back seat of the car the other day (on our way back from seeing Raina Telgemeier) when she exclaimed in delight. She had made an unexpected connection. A book helped her to more fully understand something that she had heard about in pop culture. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 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, #audiobooks, #BookDeserts, #BookLists, #Bullying, #curiosity, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #giftedness, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #poetry, #ReadAloud, #STEM, #SummerReading, parenting, and schools. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, it was a good day, Terry. She doesn't have a formal list, but she would certainly wait in line for Cece Bell, Shannon Hale, or Rachel Renee Russell. I should probably get on their mailing lists :-).
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On Saturday I took my daughter to her first book signing, for Raina Telgemeier's new book: Share Your Smile. The event was about 45 minutes away, at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, and by the time we were able to get there, it was PACKED. The line literally went around the outside of the building and and along the sidewalk. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 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, #ChildrensBookWeek, #CommonCore, #EisnerAward, #GenderEquity, #GrowingBookworms, #NAEP, #reading, #ScreenFreeWeek, #SmartPhones, #STEM, #teaching, #testing, libraries, parenting, and publishing. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for reading and responding, Brooke! As you can probably tell, this post is very near and dear to my heart, and it helps immensely to hear from someone like you who gets it. I am grateful!
Thanks so much, Teri! You sold me. I just ordered some Sea Bands for my daughter. She has a long car ride coming up that will involve some twisty mountain roads, and I don't see how trying these could hurt. Thank you!
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The 7th edition of the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was released last month. Scholastic presents the results of a survey, managed by YouGov, of 2758 adults and children. This biannual report is, I think, one of the best windows into what families are doing and thinking when it comes to kids' reading. I'm in the process of going through the material and there are certainly causes for optimism overall. However, one of the major findings hit me hard: The Decline by Nine. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue of the Growing Bookworms newsletter I have two posts with my daughter's latest literacy milestones. The first is making her own crossword puzzle. The second is reading 50 of her favorite picture books in a 24 hour period. I also have a post about our recent experiences reading in the car, with some tips for fellow bookworm-growing parents. I also have three posts with literacy and reading-related links shared over the past few weeks on Twitter. I have a summary of our recent reading below. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for taking time to read this, Brooke. And thanks for the tip yourself. I do use dramamine myself on the plane and sometimes in the car. It's a good thought that we could try the kid's version for my daughter if necessary, to put off the "can't read in the car at all" possibility. Thanks!
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My daughter had her spring break recently. We stayed in California, and spent the first weekend on a wine trip down to Paso Robles. As I knew that there would be a fair bit of car time, I was proactive and packed my daughter several new graphic and notebook novels that I knew she would be eager to read, such as the newest 5 Worlds book, The Red Maze. I also threw in a book that her teacher was kind enough to loan her over the break: The Tale of Despereaux. This effort was successful, in that she ended up not even asking for her tablet the entire way way (Bookworm Parent Win!). Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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My daughter, now nine, has never stopped reading picture books. She mostly reads them on her own at this point, though I'm happy to read with her when asked. I'll often find a little pile of them on the floor of her room or in the bathroom. She sometimes turns to them in times of emotional distress. But mostly she reads them just for fun. We still check them out of the library. And she received some new favorites for both Christmas and her birthday this year. Last week, though, she got on a real picture book tear. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 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, #GrowingBookworms, #Happiness, #JoyOfReading, #LearningDifferences, #parenting, #PBL, #ScreenTime, #SelfMotivation, #studying, #SummerReading, #Teaching, and #ReadingChoice. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 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 (with a few from last week, when I was on vacation and didn't do a link roundup). Topics include #DiverseBooks, #GenderRoles, #giftedness, #GrowingBookworms, #HigherEd, #Jeopardy!, #kidlitosphere, #literacy, #play, #Poetry, #ReadAloud, #ReadingLevels, #ScreenTime, #STEM, #teaching, parenting, and reading. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It is definitely fun to watch, Judy. Although I don't remember designing crossword puzzles specifically when I was a kid, I did have a similar approach (building dioramas, making female and child paper dolls to go with my grandparents' set of president figurines, drawing floorplans, etc.). Thanks for reading and commenting!!
I can definitely picture you making puzzles for other kids when you were a child, Terry. Thanks so much for reading and responding!
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The other day my daughter decided, for reasons that aren't completely clear to me, to make her own crossword puzzle. She started by coming up with a list of words, all related to trees. Then she formed them into a connected grid (each word connected to one other word by one letter, nothing too complex). Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I look forward to digging into the Scholastic report at some point, Terry, but haven't had any time either. I agree that a dropoff at 8 is very sad. Some combination of screens, parents not reading to them, and AR would be my guess... Sigh.