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The Losers Club: Andrew Clements

Book: The Losers Club
Author: Andrew Clements
Pages: 240
Age Range: 8-12

LosersClubThe Losers Club by Andrew Clements is a delight from start to finish. It's about a sixth grade boy named Alec who gets into trouble at school because he loves to read so much. He's constantly reading in class, instead of paying attention, and getting sent to the Principal's Office. Already on thin ice on the first day of school, Alec learns that he has to start going to after school care this year. He is pressured to join a sort or other club, when again all he wants to do is read. In a flash of inspiration, Alec starts a reading club. He calls it The Losers Club because he doesn't want to be distracted, and he wants to disincentivize other kids from joining. The idea is that he and his sole fellow club member, Nina, will just sit at the same table and read quietly for three hours every day. Of course, a bit  more than that ends up happening. 

The Losers Club is a love letter to kids who like to read, and to the many books that they love. Classics old and new are mentioned on practically every page, with a full list provided at the end of the book. But The Losers Club isn't one of those books that librarians and teachers will love, and kids will find heavy-handed. Alec is a real, three-dimensional character, with strengths and weaknesses. He has a bit of a crush on Nina (completely middle grade-appropriate), enjoys water-skiing, and is mildly bullied by former friend Kent. Kent and Nina, as well as Alec's family members, also feel realistic. There's a nice mix of action (Kent kicking balls into the wall behind the Losers Club table, and Alec challenging him) and introspection (and kid who reads as much as Alec does is going to be somewhat introspective). 

One thing that I especially enjoyed about The Losers Club was that Alec's parents, well, parent him. When his performance slips at school, they take action. They give him advice. They notice when he's cranky and ask why. Kind of a refreshing change all around, compared to much of middle grade literature. Alec even exchanges advice here and there with his very different little brother. Oh, and as an added bonus, Alec's parents are huge Star Wars fans, and Yoda-speak is primary form of dialog in his home. Alec is actually named after Alec Guinness, and his brother is named for Luke Skywalker. Super fun! This would make a wonderful audiobook, I suspect. 

Here are a couple of quotes, to give you a feel for the book:

"But Alex was a special case. Every time he had landed in the Hot Seat, he had been caught doing something that teachers usually liked: reading. It wasn't about what he was reading or how he was reading--it was always because where and when he was reading. 

Maybe his mom and dad were to blame for spending all those hours reading to him when he was little. Or maybe The Sailor Dog was to blame, or The Very Hungry Caterpiller, or possibly The Cat in the Hat. But there was no doubt that Alec had loved books from the get-go. Once he found a beginning, he had to get to the middle, because the middle always led to the end of the story. And no matter what, Alec had to know what happened next." (Page 2)

and:

"Some people had comfort food, but Alec had comfort books--stories so familiar that they made reading feel like coasting downhill on a bike, or water-skiing on a smooth lake. And Charlotte's Web was one of his all-time favorites." (Page 33)

My daughter, who is almost eight, was curious about this book. When I told her about it, she asked if she could read it when I was finished. I'll be interested to see if she likes it, and whether it inspires her to want to read any other books (like Charlotte's Web). 

Certainly, The Losers Club is a book that belongs in libraries serving middle grade readers everywhere. Andrew Clements is the master of school stories, and The Losers Club is no exception (and a complete bonus for anyone who loves books). Highly recommended!

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers  (@RandomHouseKids
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through affiliate links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens: Paul Noth

Book: How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens
Author: Paul Noth
Pages: 224
Age Range: 8-12

HowToSellYourFamilyHow to Sell Your Family to the Aliens by Paul Noth is a lightly illustrated, over-the-top middle grade science fiction novel, possibly the first of a series. Happy Conklin, Jr. lives with his parents and his five sisters in two rooms in the basement of his grandmother's lavish mansion. Although Hap's father actually dreams up all of the inventions that have made the family wealthy, he is perpetually punished/banished because of his choice to marry a poor Romanian laundress (Hap's mother, who is offscreen for most of the story).

Grandma Conklin has tested various inventions on her grandchildren, most of whom possess lingering oddities. Hap, though only 10, has a full beard, and needs to shave every day to even begin to fit in at school. One sister is a kleptomaniac who apparently hides her spoils in some other dimension, because they are never seen again. Other sisters, twins, only look alike because one of them possesses a pair of glasses that can make her look like anyone, and she chooses to look like her sister. Another, Kayla, can more or less see the future (it's complicated). Only the cheerful youngest, Baby Lu, is unmarked. When a threat to Baby Lu from Grandma arises, Hap (with some suggestions from Kayla) springs into action. What follows is a madcap caper involving an intelligent lizard, a less intelligent wrestler, a dwarf FBI agent, and, yes, aliens. 

How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens is a quick, fun read, sprinkled with quirky inventions and occasional scenes related in comic strip format. Here are a couple of snippets, to give you a feel for Hap's voice. He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he is determined to help his sister.

"My grandma only baked cookies once a week, and even then they weren't for me but for my dad. And actually she didn't bake them herself either--her personal chef id. My dad's inventions paid for her to have a chef, three maids, a butler, a bunch of security guards, a chauffeur, and a footman, who I guess did something to her feet. I don't want to know what." (Chapter 1)

and:

"By Kayla's timeline, I was supposed to be in the Chartreuse Vestibule. But this was just some yellow hallway! I must have made a wrong turn.

Up ahead, a pug-faced man hurried into the hallway, walking toward me, while looking at an expensive leather clipboard." (Chapter 11)

Noth's black-and-white illustrations lend humor throughout, ranging from a schematic of the mansion to various drawings that are not what the aliens look like, but are drawn by Hap "to fool people who are flipping ahead in the book to find out what the aliens look like." 

How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens is a super-fun addition to the ranks of middle grade science fiction. The illustrations should make it accessible to newer readers, and the premise (selling an annoying family to aliens) is hard to resist. I hope that there are other books to follow - I would enjoy spending more time with Hap and his family. Recommended!!

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (@BloomsburyKids)
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Source of Book: Advance review copy from the publisher

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through affiliate links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 16: #Cybils Awards, #ALA Awards, #Library Lovers Month + More

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #ALAYMA, #BookLists, #Cybils, #homework, #math, #STEM, book awards, comics, intrinsic motivation, letter grades, libraries, publishing, sexual harassment, teaching. My daughter is on school vacation, so there will be no roundup next week. I'll be back in early March!

Top Tweet of the Week

Big news, fans! Award Winners will be announced 2/14, at 9:30 am PT | Excellent , , , , , + more

Book Lists + Awards

CharlieAndMouseALA announces 2018 youth media award winners | | Congrats to + all others honored

My Top Ten Books I Booktalk Every Year by | Looks like a good for jr. high

RA RA Read: and other gross and silly books | Jennifer Wharton shares some read-alikes |

Cybils Awards

ArmstrongAndCharlieToday's featured REVIEW: Middle Grade Fiction finalist Armstrong and Charlie by | review by |

Today's featured REVIEW is Fiction finalist After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by | review by

Events + Programs

Happy Library Lover's Month! | bloggers share their special memories of

Growing Bookworms

ReadingZoneIndependent reading: It’s for everyone! | @Scholastic http://ow.ly/YgcJ30ikeI5 | Ideas for strengthening independent in secondary students

Kidlitosphere

Sexual Harassment in the Children's Literature Industry | 's post today is a good starting point to catch up on recent discussions

See also: Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment in Its Ranks (w/ many many comments) |

And one more: Sexual Harassment and Post- 2018 Thoughts (not necessarily at the same time) —

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

RefugeeIt’s never too late to become a reader! Sometimes you just haven't found the right medium by |

The True Power of Technology from | Giving kids (+ adults) a way to be seen, to find our remote tribe https://t.co/Au2kucutkI

Moving From “Stealing” to “Remixing” With Credit – shares example from

On and the Female Cliches (like "I am weak but he made me strong") that Hurt Us All | from teacher + prolific reader

Parenting

As Examples With Use of Devices & Technology | We need rules for kids AND for us, has suggestions

Schools and Libraries

DrivePinkIn The DRIVEr Seat | Thoughts from Scott Jones on nurturing intrinsic motivation in , inspired by 's DRIVE https://t.co/lb1j8wxfXx

Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter - | via

No, Elementary School Isn't Good for Kids | | via

STEM

RT @MindShiftKQED: "This project started as a way to show young children engaged in rigorous mathematics in ways that were play"

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.


Death and Douglas: J. W. Ocker

Book: Death and Douglas
Author: J. W. Ocker
Pages: 372
Age Range: 8-12

DeathAndDouglasDeath and Douglas by J. W. Ocker is a well-written middle grade murder mystery full of both atmosphere and black humor. Douglas, the protagonist, lives with his parents in the family mortuary. When a serial killer strikes his small town, Douglas and two friends (one the son of the local police chief) take it upon themselves to investigate. Naturally, they get a bit more than they bargained for. 

Douglas is an unusual character. He wears suits and neckties most of the time. He attends funerals partly to help, but mostly as a hobby. His favorite place to hang out is the local graveyard, where the two gravediggers call him Spadeful. The gravediggers regale him with tales of monsters and vampires, which the impressionable Douglas at least partially believes. Douglas, raised in a funeral home, understands that death is a natural outcome of life. However, he finds murder, the deliberate causing of death, shocking. 

There's a mix of introspection (about the nature of murder, about whether Douglas wants to grow up to continue the family business, etc.) and action (sneaking out of the house at midnight, venturing down into the mortuary workroom to look for clues, etc.) in Death and Douglas. The stories from the gravediggers and the general atmosphere of the book made me wonder for a time if Death and Douglas was a fantasy, but it stays just to the reality side of the line. But it's certainly on the over the top side.

What made Death and Douglas stand out for me was Ocker's writing. I could select practically any page to give you an example of a deft description or surprising insight. I stopped highlighting about 1/4 of the way through the book. Here are a couple of examples:

"A small black crow of a boy leaned against the roof of a dead man. The boy's features, where they were black, were extremely black, and where they were pale, extremely pale. A carefully combed slick of thick black hair defined his northern border, three parallel off-shoots of which angled across his forehead like they had been gouged there by the claw of a cat." (Page 1) 

and:

"Around him, Cowlmouth was starting to kindle its autumn fires. It was still early September, and only a few impatient trees lifted a red- or yellow-flaming torch in the midst of their mostly green branches. In another few weeks, every birch, every elm, and every oak would be in full five-alarm conflagration before finally fading to brown and being buried under snow for the winter." (Page 16)

and:

"Murder, that was different. Murder was a puzzle to be solved in stories. A word to be ignored on the boring newscasts his father like to watch. Murder was an adult word. A coffee-drinker's word. The type archaically printed in newspapers. It didn't have a meaning in real life. Not in Douglas's real life, anyway. Not in Douglas's Cowlmouth." (Page 42)

"Coffee-drinkers" is used throughout the book to refer to adults. "What the hockey sticks" is used, by Douglas's best friend Lowell, instead of "What the hell." There's just enough insider-jargon to make readers feel like they are part of the little group that consists of Douglas, Lowell, and new friend Audrey. It's a fun book to read, in terms of writing and characters. Cowlmouth is practically a character, too, a quirky small town with a big carnival, a place where residents go all out for Halloween. You get the sense as a reader that the author put in a considerable amount of time thinking about the setting and characters before writing the book. 

Although Death and Douglas is written in such a way to be accessible to younger readers (Amazon lists it for 8 and up, and I don't disagree), I wouldn't give this to a particularly sensitive, nightmare-prone child. There are real murders that take place, and kids in peril. For most kids, I think that the book is over-the-top enough to not feel real, and thus not feel too scary. For me, it was an enjoyable read, well-written and memorable. Recommended! 

Publisher:  Sky Pony Press 
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through affiliate links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 9: #BookGivingDay, #ReadAloud, Libraries, and Coping w/ Book Blahs

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BlackHistoryMonth, #BookGivingDay, #BookLists, #bullying, #Cybils, #Parenting, #PeterRabbit, #RaisingReaders, #ReadAloud, #reading, #STEM, book awards, homeschooling, libraries, and schools.

Cybils-Logo-2017-Round-SmAlso, please note that the Cybils award winners will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14, at 9:30 am Pacific Time. Tune in to http://www.Cybils.com/blog to find high-quality, kid-friendly titles honored in categories ranging from fiction picture books to board books to young adult nonfiction, including poetry, graphic novels, and speculative fiction. Bloggers have been reading and reviewing and discussing books in each category since the fall, and the winners they have selected (not to mention the fabulous shortlists) are well worth a look!

Top Tweet of the Week

InfinityAndMeTen about Observation and Perspective | by https://t.co/68AmyiTx2y

Book Lists

18 Biographies | from https://t.co/Staij8p1gs

22 Books That Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans and Their Contributions to History | Charnaie Gordon

Untold History: 50 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women | from

Cybils

UndefeatedToday's featured REVIEW: Jr High Finalist Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team | review by

Today's featured REVIEW is MG Speculative Fiction finalist A Face Like Glass by | Review by

Today's featured REVIEW is Elementary/Middle Grade finalist Beauty and the Beak | review by

Events + Programs

BookGivingDay2018International is Next Week (2/14)!!! has the scoop

The 2018 Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award | How neat that the UK celebrates students who support their libraries

Growing Bookworms

NationalAmbassadorStop Using the Label 'Struggling Reader,' Author + National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Advises |

What Does It Mean When a Book Flood Fails? "we should not underestimate the challenge of what we're trying to do" by

: Every Day, Every Student by | We need to model , demonstrate its importance

Some Small Ideas from to Help Students Self-Select Books Better | , TBR lists, + more https://t.co/htFCSXEEIV

5 reasons to to your child, today and always by via | Introduce great stories, bond, + more

Highlights: How We Taught Our Preschooler to Read from

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

PeterRabbitA Suggestion to Read or Listen to with Before Watching the Movie | I always prefer to read the book first

When That Book Won't Do | Some tips for seeing readers through the occasional Book Blahs, from

Parenting

Lessons from the Mother of a Child Who Was Bullied | is generous enough to share valuable lessons learned https://t.co/p1aY00epTc

What is YOUR Earliest Memory? Understanding How Develops in Young Children.

Schools and Libraries

LearnerCenteredLearner-Centered Innovation – new book just released by (whose blog I follow) |

Nice feature about a small-town library stepping in to report community news -

No books at home? Anaheim library’s ‘permanent loan’ program aims to fix that for kids – via https://t.co/TBC1DYcUHb

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.


Growing Bookworms Newsletter: February 7: Book Reviews, Links, and Reading #HarryPotter Book 5

JRBPlogo-smallToday, I will be sending out a new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have three book reviews (middle grade to young adult) and three posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. I do have a couple of ideas for posts about literacy milestones and some thoughts on reading programs. I hope to get to those soon. I'm still feeling the effects of illness, and my blogging has been sadly diminished. 

Reading Update:  In the last three weeks I finished five middle grade, three young adult, and five adult titles. I read/listened to: 

ShadowOfLionsI'm currently listening to Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann. I'm reading The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando (ARC). My daughter and I are still reading Harry Potter Five (The Order of the Phoenix). It's going to take us months, of course, because we generally only read during and immediately after breakfast. She's really enjoying it though, and I am enjoying our shared experience. This morning, on learning that Ron was named a Prefect for fifth year, she shrieked in surprise and delight. She's deeply invested in the series, and doesn't seem to mind at all Harry's grumpy attitude in this particular book. We do risk being late for school sometimes, because's it's hard to stop reading, but that's a price I'm willing to pay. 

LosersClubFor her own reading, she's a little bit at loose ends for another series to consume her, and she's been struggling to find books in the school library that she enjoys that are at her permitted AR level (this is a topic for a future post). So she's mostly re-reading picture books, the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal books, and the Babysitters Club Graphic Novels. She's also reading what I think is her first middle grade novel, The Losers Club. by Andrew Clements, but I think it's a tiny bit too difficult and I'm not sure if she'll finish right now. She has a vacation coming up and I have some new titles saved that she can try then. 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook


Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans: Russell Ginns

Book: Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans
Author: Russell Ginns
Illustrator: Barbara Fisinger
Pages: 256
Age Range: 8-12

SamanthaSpinnerSamantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns is the first book in a new madcap adventure series for middle grade readers. Samantha's Uncle Paul, who lives in an apartment above her family's garage, disappears one day. He leaves behind $2.4 billion for her older sister, the deed and player contracts for the New York Yankees for her younger brother. For Samantha he leaves ... a battered red umbrella.

After spending a few weeks moping about the unfairness of this, Samantha, with help from her little brother, Nipper, eventually figures out that the umbrella contains a secret map of the world. Samantha and Nipper set out on a quest to find out what happened to Uncle Paul. In the process they uncover super-cool modes of transportation, visit important cultural landmarks, and encounter dangerous and smelly ninjas, a mummy, and several stolen artifacts. Bet you didn't know that there's a secret hatch accessible from the Eiffel Tower that sends one down into a giant pneumatic tube. 

I enjoyed this book, but I think I would have loved it as a 10-year-old. In addition to the puzzles within the story, an appendix at the end reveals a series of puzzles that readers can go back and solve. The kids have essentially no adult supervision. And even the parts of the story that are just about Spinner family life are over-the-top and/or quirky. Like this:

"Samantha thought again about their family trip to Pacific Pandemonium. The visit had been cut short after Nipper insisted that Samantha sit next to him on the Holy-cow-a-bunga! roller coaster over and over again. After times around the winding, flipping, twisting track, Samantha had had enough and got off. Nipper stayed on and rode the Holy-cow-a-bunga! nine more times. Then he barfed mightily and the staff had to close the attraction while they cleaned out the car. The Spinners left the park right after that." (Page 58)

Chapter Twenty-Two is titled "Exceptionally Gross". And it is. I think that kids, especially boys, will love it, though. Between chapters there are excerpts from Samantha's journal, in which she explains the hidden secrets that they find around the world, like a chairlift that goes from Machu Picchu to Lima, Peru. These excerpts are in a different font, and written in a reporter-like tone that contrasts with the regular text (as above). For example:

"There is a hidden magtrain station in Seattle. It is located near Volunteer Park, about two miles from downtown. The entrance is below an ordinary-looking mailbox across from the brick water tower. 

Grasp the handle of the mailbox door and open it all the way. Hold it open for at least ten seconds, or until you hear the motor engage, before you let it close. Repeat this two more times. The ground beneath the mailbox will rise slowly, revealing a staircase." (Page 53)

There are also intermittent black and white illustrations, some of maps and plans included in the journal, and others picture of Samantha and Nipper and their adventures. The latter contribute to the reader's understanding of the sibling relationship between the two kids. 

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans ends with the start of the siblings' next adventure, presumably releasing next year. I think this series is a fun addition to the ranks of adventure stories for kids. Ginns definitely crosses the line into fantasy throughout the book, but it's still heavily grounded in the real world (and full of interesting tidbits about the world, too). This is one that I'll save for my daughter to read in a couple of years. Recommended for elementary and middle school libraries.  

Publisher: Delacorte Press (@RandomHouseKids
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through affiliate links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 2: Multicultural Books, #GrowthMindset, #Play, and Book Prizes + Awards

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #BookLists, #Cybils Awards, #DiverseBooks, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #MCBD, #OwnVoices, #play, #Reading, #ReadingLogs, book awards, Doug Green, literacy, parenting, Rick Riordan, thrillers, and writing.

GroundhugDayAlso, since today is Groundhog Day, I'd like to share the link a book that I reviewed late last year: Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace and Christopher Denise. It's super-cute and well worth a look! 

Book Lists

Children's Books About and Determination, a

DayGloBrothersEverything Old Is New Again: Fantastic You May Have Forgotten —

Cybils Awards

Today's featured REVIEW is Fiction Finalist Piecing Me Together by from | Review by

Today's featured REVIEW is finalist Bull by David Elliott from | Review by

Today's featured REVIEW: Speculative Fiction finalist They Both Die at the End by | review by

Events + Programs

MCBDA Few Words on the recently celebrated Multicultural Children's Book Day from | + Valarie Budayr

Dragons Oh My! announces the winners of her 9th Annual “Be a Famous Writer” Contest | Judges included +

WRAD2018When we , we change the world! Ideas to celebrate from  https://t.co/hep29eIuTO

Growing Bookworms

RT @LiteracyForTX: Ten suggestions for how any teacher can help cultivate a love for reading. We think a Read-a-Thon sounds fun!

The Power of Listening | as a ritual in an ever-louder, distraction-filled world, by https://t.co/jeHAB9JQ0K (written for World Read Aloud Day, but the ideas are timeless)

Kidlitosphere

Lots of tidbits in Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition — , ,

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

AruShahNew "Rick Riordan Presents" Imprint Gets Underway! | answers questions |

Don’t Forget to Read! – Why you should make the time, plus tips for finding "exciting new books" from https://t.co/whqXKyKlhU

This is kind of cool: Prize launched for thrillers that avoid sexual violence against women | https://t.co/lrGPclbNM1

Did you resolve to read more this year? has some suggestions |

Parenting + Play

To is to . Time to step back and let kids be kids | World Economic Forum https://t.co/WlFdZLr0YE

How to Raise Bright Children - 6 positive strategies for encouraging via | 6. Make sure + are valued

RT @MindshiftKQED: The happiest teens use digital media less than an hour per day, according to this study. https://t.co/ehMSEcAkbn

Taking Playtime Seriously | | Pulling back on programmed learning, leaving time for exploration + fun | https://t.co/Rwp6l41ldR

Schools and Libraries

TeachingIsntRocketScienceSeems like this would be interesting, though I haven't read it: Teaching Isn't Rocket Science, It's Way More Complex by (I follow his blow) via

"How many ... systems and procedures do we put in place without really examining the unintended consequences of these procedures?" | |

8 Ways for to Help Older Kids Develop a Sense of the Vital Skill that is |

© 2018 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.