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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 share an incident from 9-year-old daughter's continued obsession with buying picture books. Continue reading
Posted 13 hours 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 #AchievementGap, #BookList, #eBooks, #FakeNews, #GraphicNovels, #InformationLiteracy, #introversion, #LearningDifferences, #NoSummerSlide, #ReadingChoice, #SchoolLibrarians, publishing, reading, testing, and writing. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Nancy! It means a lot. I'm so glad that you enjoy the newsletter, and posts like this.
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In this issue I have three short posts about my daughter's recent reading and writing experience. In the first, I share a simple moment that made me happy as a bookworm parent. In the second, I share my daughter's recent fascination with fonts and formats. In the third, I share photographic evidence of my commitment to reading choice (from a recent library visit). As I was traveling for a couple of weeks, I only have two posts with the literacy and reading-related links that I shared on Twitter - one of them is quite extensive. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Please do let me know about your husband, Judy! I am thinking good thoughts! And thank you for your good thoughts regarding my daughter. We are definitely enjoying summer!
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In this post I share, via a photo, proof that I do walk the walk in giving my daughter free choice in her summer reading. 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 recently @JensBookPage. I missed the past couple of weeks of roundups because of travel and houseguests, but I was saving articles in my readers. Below you will find a veritable bonanza of links about #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #giftedness, #Happiness, #HigherEd, #literacy, #LoveOfBooks, #math, #NoSummerSlide, #phonics, #play, #ReadingLogs, #RoadTrips, #ScreenTime, #STEM, #SummerReading, parenting, reading, schools, testing, writing and lots more. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Hi Judy, It's always a pleasure discussing things with you. I'm glad I helped a little bit today. And if you find a good typing app, perhaps you'll share it with me. I do think that you are right that it's better to ask questions than to skip over things! Have a good evening!
It's possible that other readers who have no idea what I'm talking about just skip over things. I love that you read in enough detail to ask questions. My husband never learned to type properly either, and I know it costs him productivity. After my typing class I practiced by copying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For years I had sheets of that text floating around my room. There are apparently apps to help kids learn to touch-type. To make this more fun, they add gaming elements to the whole thing. So on the one hand it's a useful skill. On the other hand, my daughter would be having the message reinforced that computer games are fun. Also, once she's on the internet doing one thing, it's a short step to others. I'll probably wait until she is really interested. It's not pressing yet, though I do want her to learn to touch type at some point, before she gets too set in her hunt and peck ways. Serif fonts have little extenders on the letters, like the bar at the bottom of the "p" in "typing" in your comment above. Sans Serif fonts don't have those (a p would just end on the downstroke, without a bar across the bottom). Serif fonts are often used for more extended text, while sans serif are used for titles. Always a pleasure chatting with you!
Oh, Judy, I'm so sorry about your husband's medical diagnosis. I hope very much that he has excellent treatment options. I'm sorry that you are both going through such a difficult time. As for my daughter, I'm sure that she'll have lots of lovely reading moments over the summer. We are fortunate that her child care allows us total flexibility in when she arrives. So if she wants to spend time reading in the mornings, she can do that. She sometimes reads while she's there, too. She's attempting to read The Swiss Family Robinson :-). Sending you and your husband good wishes!!
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In this post I share my daughter's latest milestone on her path to becoming a reader and writing: caring about fonts and formatting. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Judy! It's nice to be back. I had 2 weeks of travel and guests and I'm happy to be back in a routine. I'm guessing there will indeed be other posts like this one. Thanks so much for appreciating it!! Hope you are having a good summer!
You are an excellent grandma! Kids re-reading favorite books over summer vacation is a beautiful thing! Thanks for reading and commenting, Jean!
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In this post I share a tiny moment that validates my efforts to encourage my daughter to love books. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for the recommendations, Jean! I am a big fan of Elizabeth George's books, and have read them all. But I've tried both Peter Robinson and Robert Galbraith and neither clicked for me for some reason. The other British mystery series that I like best are by Deborah Crombie, Jacqueline Winspear (historical) and Barry Maitland. But maybe I should try Robinson again... So many books, so little time!
Thanks so much for your feedback, Andrea. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post, and even more glad to hear from a mom who is out there reading with her kids, especially during the summer. Personally, I'm not a big fan of overtly lesson-driven books for kids, because I worry that they can turn kids off from a love of reading. But as I read to my daughter I do sometimes point out things like bad choices that characters make (and good ones), and use our time together to convey my values or share my experiences. I think it's a matter of what works for you and for your kids :-). Thanks for the recommendation!
That would be really cool! Probably not as much in the bookstore's interest as the first survey, though...
Thank you so much for your kind words, Judy! I do wish with all my heart that every parent could understand this stuff, and at least not put barriers in front of their kids learning to love books. Luckily there are other voices out there that get broader readership than I do saying similar things. Friend by friend, reader by reader, I'm going to keep stepping up onto this particular soapbox whenever I get the chance.
I missed this comment somehow, Terry. That does sound like a really fun evening. We have some small headlamps for camping, maybe I should suggest trying them outside. Though right now it's pretty light out up to my bedtime anyway :-).
Thanks for commenting, Judy. I do think this is a generational thing related to screen use rewiring our brains. I tried to read The Treehouse War by Lisa Graff, whose work I enjoy, but I couldn't do it. It's not a graphic novel at all, but a lot of the information in the story is conveyed in the form of post-it notes off to the side from the narrative, and switching back and forth drove me crazy. I imagine that reading this way could be somewhat learned by an adult who didn't learn to read that way, but ... I'm not sure I have the patience for that. If you haven't read it, you would probably find Maryanne Wolf's Reader, Come Home interesting. She talks about what the digital world is doing to the reading brain.
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookAccess, #Dyslexia, #FreeRangeKids, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #HungerGames, #ReadingChallenges, #ReadingChoice, #SchoolLibrarians, #SummerReading, #SummerSlide, #testing, #ViewpointDiversity, conversation, learning, play, and publishing. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for reading, Jen! I was lucky enough to have a cross-country trip followed by a couple of days home alone, so I got some extra reading time in. I hope your friend likes the Bruni book (and yes, it's that Frank Bruni). Another friend just texted me to tell me that the book had a big impact on her as she was helping her son with the college admission process. Fingers crossed that my daughter will come back having loved her week at camp, and will want to do it again next summer. It's been a super-productive week for me here.
Thanks so much, Brenda! I hope she enjoys camp, too.
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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 writing and revising a personal narrative. The second is about encouraging others (mainly my husband) to read more. I also have a post with tips for parents to encourage kids' summer reading, and another for parents about allowing and encouraging their kids to read graphic novels. Finally, I have a news release from Barnes and Noble with the results of a recent survey on readers' summer reading (and associated screen time reduction) plans. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks so much for your feedback, Ash. I think that graphic novels can be gateway books to other types of reading. For my daughter, she reached a point of having read all of the graphic novels I could find that were remotely at her age level, and then she branched out a bit into the 13 Story Treehouse books and the Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries books, and so on... And extra thanks for your data point about reading graphic novels and comics NOT hampering your ability to visualize. That is great to hear. Have a great day! Thanks for reading!