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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. Topics this week include #BookAwards, #BookLists, #CognitiveScience, #Giftedness, #KnowledgeGap, #MentalHealth, #neurodiversity, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #teaching, #VideoGames, friendship, libraries, and parenting. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this brief issue I have two posts about my daughter's latest literacy milestones (sneaking in Amazon pre-orders and declaring a favorite book) and one about her latest "Bookworm Moment". I have also published several posts with literacy and reading-related links that I shared on Twitter. Since there are so many, I've included only the most recent one in the newsletter. You can find the previous ones here: August 16, August 23, August 30, and September 6. I've been swamped between work and my daughter's back-to-school needs of late, and hope to get back to blogging more one of these days... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thank you for your kind words, Judy. I do wish more kids had the chance to grow up loving books this much. We are very lucky to have the time and access to books to nurture this. I was happy to see that other kids at school were also reading this one on release day. Raina Telgemeier has really struck a chord with young readers, and that helps a lot, too.
She definitely has her moments :-)
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In this post, I share my daughter's begging to get her hands on a new book by one of her favorite authors. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for taking time to comment, Judy. It's funny - I don't remember this one very well, but I did review it at the time. Too many books read over the years, I guess. I do feel so grateful for the books that I read as a child, but there's a lot of great stuff coming out now, too.
I read a lot of Steatfield books, too. Ballet Shoes was the most magical for me. I don't think I've tried them as an adult. The ones I have continued to read throughout my life are Elizabeth Enright's books, especially the Gone-Away Lake books.
I didn't read those as a kid for some reason. I was more into mysteries. And I must admit that I haven't actually read the Baby-Sitters Club graphics myself, though my daughter shows me pages from time to time ("Read this!"). I like reading linearly - I have trouble adjusting to the GN format. And those are two interesting choices for favorites. I've never read Brideshead Revisited, but I do agree that The Wednesday Wars is fabulous.
Oh, A Little Princess! I loved that one. And Ballet Shoes. I haven't read either in quite a while, though. My daughter is 9. She's been obsessed with graphic novels for a couple of years now, and is just starting to occasionally dabble in books that aren't illustrated. Time goes by quickly, doesn't it? Thanks for checking it!
For me it's about books that I'm willing/unable to resist re-reading over my lifetime. That's what makes a favorite for me. So in addition to the one I listed above, my top 10 list includes Pride and Prejudice, The Stand, and a couple of children's books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Eclectic for sure. I do love the Lockwood & Company books, but I don't think I would re-read them. Heidi .... I haven't read as an adult, but I did love it as a kid. Some childhood favorites, like the Famous Five books, haven't held up for me as an adult.
Listening Valley by D.E. Stevenson. I know it almost by heart. Something about it just speaks to me.
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My daughter has a stack of her 50 favorite picture books, and various stacks of her favorite graphic novels. She has declared favorite picture book authors and illustrators a few times (Mo Willems, Bob Staake, Shirley Parenteau + David Walker), and has fan-girled other authors (Raina Telgemeier, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Nelson). But the other day, for the first time that I can recall, she declared a particular book to be her favorite. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 #BookLists, #CharterSchools, #CriticalThinking, #Dyslexia, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #HigherEd, #homework, #iGen, #JoyOfReading, #PoliticalCorrectness, #ReadingLogs, #SummerSlide, libraries, publishing, schools, teachers, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 relatively light week include #CharterSchools, #EdTech, #HigherEd, #homework, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #NoSummerSlide, #parenting, #play, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime and #SocialMedia. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 for this light week include #Audiobooks, #ChildDevelopment, #HigherEd, #JoyOfReading, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #SchoolLibrarians, #SocialMedia, magic, parenting, publishing, and schools. Wishing those of you in the U.S. a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks for reading, Charlotte! Hope you enjoy the book :-)
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week #Audiobooks, #BookAwards, #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #EducationalEquity, #FreeRangeKids, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #Homework, #JoyOfReading, #NoSummerSlide, #OutdoorPlay, #reading, #SchoolChoices, #STEM, libraries, publishing, recess, and schools. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Same here, Tanita! I couldn't even really scold her because I thought it was funny.
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In which I share my daughter's latest milestone on her path to literacy: sneaking in extra preorders from Amazon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 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, #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #HigherEd, #homework, #introversion, #JoyOfReading, #NoSummerSlide, #OwnVoices, #play, #SocialMedia, libraries, privacy, reading, schools, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Even now that I have my own child, I still enjoy buying books for my nieces and nephews, Constance. Though I agree that it's easier to break through when they are younger. I hope that your college-aged nieces and nephews find their way back to enjoying reading in the future! And thanks for the book recommendation. Withering-by-Sea does sound like fun. I added it to our library list to take a look. I think that I would enjoy it - not sure about my daughter yet. But I'm hoping to see her interests broaden in the coming year. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!!
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In this issue I have one book review (middle grade speculative fiction) and four short posts in a new series that I'm calling "Bookworm Moments", celebrating reading-related incidents with my daughter. In the first, my daughter badgers me to continue buying her picture books. In the second, she packs a stack of "backup books" for reading by the pool. In the third, I enjoy hearing her giggle to herself as she reads on our balcony. In the fourth, I let her read on her own in the cafe of a small local grocery store. I have also published four posts with literacy and reading-related links that I shared on Twitter. Since there are so many, I've included only the most recent one in the newsletter. You can find the previous three here: July 19th, July 26th and August 2nd. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Serafina and the Seven Stars is the fourth book in Robert Beatty's Serafina series (and the first book in quite a while to inspire me to write a formal review). I have previously reviewed books two and three: Serafina and the Twisted Staff and Serafina and the Splintered Heart, but you should certainly start with book one: Serafina and the Black Cloak. This review does contain spoilers for the previous books, so stop here if you have not read the others. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 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 #Audiobooks, #BookLists, #Cybils, #EthnicStudies, #FlexibleSeating, #GrowthMindset, #JoyOfReading, #KnowledgeGap, #NationalBookLoversDay, #NoSummerSlide, #Play, #ScreenTime, #STEM, #TriggerWarnings, learning, nonfiction, schools, teaching, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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This post continues my new series on "Bookworm Moments" experienced with my 9-year-old daughter. In this installment, I let her read alone in a grocery store cafe, boosting #JoyOfReading and independence. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page