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Literacy Milestone: Recognizing Publishers

LiteracyMilestoneAThis weekend my daughter demonstrated another one of those milestones that's probably more about becoming a book reviewer than about becoming a reader. But I appreciated it. We were in the car, driving to Napa. Knowing that we would have a long car ride I had purchased some new graphic novels for her, a couple of them sequels. (I hid them away until right before the trip, because they would otherwise not have lasted.) 

BePreparedShe had those and some other favorites with her and was reading away peacefully enough. She suddenly remarked "I know why I like Zita the Spacegirl and Star Scouts and Be Prepared. They're the same." I asked, dubiously, if they were from the same author. She said, "No, they're all from First Second."

And there you have it. She can recognize the common publisher of a number of her favorites. She then suggested that I should be trying to receive review titles from First Second. I explained that I'm not actually much of a graphic novel reviewer. But perhaps what I should have told her is that she should start her own blog. Then she can focus on reviewing graphic novels to her heart's content.  

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

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 18: #SchoolLibrarians, #SummerReading, #RosieRevere + #Math

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #Coding, #CommonCore, #Curiosity, #DiverseBooks, #PBL, #SchoolLibrarians, #ScreenTime, #SummerReading, #testing, publishing, schools, teaching, and #RosieRevere.

Top Tweet of the Week

How Will Save the World by | Josh says we need to give them tools to teach |

Book Lists

TenNineEightBest Toddler Books (Books I Wish I Was Still Over and Over), a from | Most of these were faves in my house, too

Explore Your World: 30 Mighty Girl Books About Outdoor Discovery from to for about

Perfect Summer Kids and Parents Will Adore, from | My family is listening to right now |

Jasmine-toguchi-200x30020 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round | via

32 Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond | via https://t.co/2QxwGp7xQS

Some appealing titles here: A Top Fifteen List of in & Fantasy by |


VincentTheoOn the Blog: Interview with , author of Sr. High Winner VINCENT + THEO from

Events, Programs and Research

May Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes the via reviews recent study + shares tips for creating a culture conducive to curiosity at

Study concludes that Learn Less When They Sense Teacher Hostility - | snide remarks + sarcasm are a barrier to

Growing Bookworms / Summer Reading

I love this: 5 Great Places to Stash Books Around Your Home to Encourage by Lindsay Barrett

RT @KayeNewtonBooks: Reigniting a Passion for Summer Reading (and through out the year) ! https://t.co/FhbhIWSEq7

20+ Engaging Ideas from | activity calendars, superheroes, challenges + lots more

The summer conundrum: Fight , or give the kids a break? - Andrea Orr | | Personally I vote for the break but w/ plenty of

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

QuestioneersNew adventures await literary heroine (+ Ada Twist + Iggy Peck) as + launch series https://t.co/5RUoTbLmPv

A Salute to the Reprints from | Here’s to Getting A Second Chance in 2018

What are the ingredients of a universally appealing early fiction series? By

Schools and Libraries

How to Really Thank a by | Vote for politicians who believe in funding public , give teachers livable wages + resources

Can Change Measures of Success by Focusing on Meaningful Work Instead of Test Scores? | Amadou Diallo |

Supporting a real no-brainer | Studies show they impact student , espec. for students of color from disadvantaged neighborhoods

Poverty & Reading: The Sad and Troubling Loss of and Real Librarians + how it hurts kids in poor

The Anger Don’t Feel Comfortable Expressing, + some suggestions for calming that "ill-tempered beast"

Social Media and Screen Time

"Let’s find ways to work alongside (our kids) as they work to develop healthy, positive, and balanced habits" re: says https://t.co/DiZqDnNnmU


CommonCoreDummiesWhere "successful education starts; w/ adults who know what questions to ask + who have the skills to help children discover their own solutions

Teen entrepreneur thinks Aussies are overstating the importance of + should focus on softer skills like | via

In Op-Ed, argues that should stop encouraging kids to take + focus on things like + instead

16+ Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids, a roundup of ideas from blogs, etc. by

© 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: May 16: #HarryPotter, Notebooks, and Post-It Flags

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 usually sent out every three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have three literacy milestone posts and three posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. The milestones are about reading the first Harry Potter book (on her own), keeping notebooks everywhere, and using post-it flags to highlight books. 

Reading Update:  In the last three weeks I finished one young adult and six adult titles. I read/listened to: 

  • LongLongSleepAnna Sheehan: A Long, Long Sleep. Candlewick Press. Young Adult Dystopia. Completed May 5, 2018, on Kindle. This is the first YA book in some time that has really grabbed me, and that I didn't want to put down. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and some interesting (if dark) predictions for the future direction of the world. 
  • Jacqueline Winspear: To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs). Harper. Adult Historical Mystery. Completed April 26, 2018, on MP3. I adore these books, and this one was no exception. I really care what happens to all of characters in Maisie's world who are imperiled by WWII (especially the young men). 
  • Angela Marsons: Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, No. 1) Bonier Zaffre. Adult Mystery. Completed April 28, 2018, on Kindle. This UK-based mystery was a bit dark, but did keep me guessing. 
  • Yong Zhao: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children. Corwin. Adult Nonfiction. Completed May 1, 2018, on Kindle. Zhao has some interesting ideas about the problems with our one-size fits all, focus on the gaps instead of bringing everyone up system of public education. But I'm not sure that his conclusion about personalizable education are realistic. I found a lot of passages to highlight, though, and do intend to go back and give these ideas another look. 
  • Dana Stabenow: A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak, #2). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 2, 2018, on MP3.
  • Dana Stabenow: Dead in the Water (Kate Shugak, #3). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 6, 2018, on MP3. I'm enjoying this series, but am ready for a break for a while after listening to three of the books in a short time. 
  • Victoria Thompson: Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mysteries). Berkley. Adult Mystery. Completed May 15, 2018, on MP3. I like this series, but found this installment a bit slow-paced. The team members spend a lot of time sitting around together, updating each other on what they've learned, and I found my attention wandering a bit as I listened. 

SecretBookSconeI'm currently listening to The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, the first book in the new Miracle Springs, North Carolina series. On my Kindle I'm reading No Life But This by Anna Sheehan and also The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. I have many samples stored up on my Kindle, and many print books stacked up on my nightstand, but reading time has been at a premium of late. Someday... I am still reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with my daughter. We are up to Valentine's Day, and she continues to be utterly immersed in the world of Hogwarts. 

AFineDessertMy daughter and I spent some quality time at the public library this weekend. She read a stack of Berenstain Bears easy readers to herself, asked me to read her a favorite picture book that she spotted on the shelf, and then checked out ten new graphic novels. Since then, it's been hard to get her out of the car, or to finish getting dressed in the morning, because she is immersed in the new books. But certainly worth it!

I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up my daughter's list of books read, because she usually doesn't tell me when she finishes something. I will find stacks of picture books on the floor or her room, or see her re-reading some graphic novel or other in bed, but I'm not really sure what she's actually finished. My gut feeling is that trying to pin her down for the purposes of documentation might take away some of her delight in reading the books. So I am letting it go. I'll try to log all of the library books when we return those, at least. 

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

Literacy Milestone: Reading the First Harry Potter Book

LiteracyMilestoneAThis is as much a cultural milestone than a literacy milestone, I think. But my daughter was so, so, so excited and proud the other day when she finished reading the first Harry Potter book on her own. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when she told me that she was reading it at school for her D.E.A.R. book. I thought it would be a bit advanced for her - she has abandoned a number of middle grade titles this year (with my full support - she wasn't ready for them). 

HarryPotterBook1But I think that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone held some advantages that helped her to persevere:

  1. I had already read it to her.
  2. She had seen the movie at least once (and the movie is quite true to the book).
  3. I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix aloud to her.
  4. She is passionately interested in the world of Harry Potter. 
  5. The book was always handy. She had a copy in class (from her classroom library), a copy in her bed (my copy), and a third copy downstairs, from a Gryffindor-themed set that my husband bought us for Christmas. Interestingly, she didn't read from the illustrated edition, which we also have. 

All of these other experiences with the Harry Potter universe provided her with plenty of scaffolding. I think that helped her to get through what would otherwise have been a challenging read. And, of course, when a child is passionately interested in a book, she will often find a way to get through it, even if it is a above her so-called reading level. 

I don't think that she's going to be racing through the other six books any time soon, though I do expect that she'll be working on Book 2 this summer. My hope and expectation is that she is young enough (at just 8) that she will want me to read books six and seven to her before she reads them herself. Because I am really enjoying sharing the books with her. 

Incidentally my favorite response to this milestone came from a friend on Facebook, who wrote: "My 9 year old read this over my shoulder and started clapping for her." This nine year old doesn't actually know my daughter, but that doesn't matter. There's a bond between fans that transcends distance. 

Where were you when you finished reading the first Harry Potter book? Do YOU remember? 

© 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

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 11: #Curiosity, #Treehouses, #SummerReading + #TeacherAppreciationWeek

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #BookAccess, #BookLists, #curiosity, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #FourTendencies, #GraphicNovels, #Homework, #KidsNeedBooks, #literacy, #nonfiction, #ReadAloud, #SchoolChoice, #SchoolLibraries, #SocialMedia, #SummerReading, #parenting, and #schools.

Top Tweet of the Week

Fabulous 8th Grade Reading - Perfect for (focused on contemporary ) from https://t.co/zkCfhz24c4

Book Lists

HotHotRoti2018 List for Grades PreK-8 | | There's a webinar on 5/16 to discuss

In the Classroom: Gateway and the Nonfiction Continuum | tips and from

I just downloaded a bunch of these as samples for potential : Witness, Murder, Killer: 13+ Mystery Titles for Ages 13 and up | from


SpillZoneOn the blog: Interview with + Alex Puvilland, authors of winner SPILL ZONE from


The Diversity Gap in Children’s Book Publishing, 2018 (narrowing but still large) |

RT @Reason: The liberal media's answer to ideological diversity concerns: ban conservatives, hire socialists https://t.co/Wm4uwahPhP

Research Summary: is Related to Greater College grads on both sides of the political spectrum are less tolerant of their political opponents than are people w/ less education

Events, Programs and Research

Author writes about how she (inspired by ) kicked off a movement that's resulted in stacks of books going to various

ScholasticSummer2018RT @ScholasticEd: The Scholastic Challenge starts today! Read more about how educators, public librarians and community partner organizations can help kids keep reading all summer long:

Appreciate Every Day, Not Just on One Special Week urges | is a noble calling

A recent NYU Steinhardt study shows that access to books remains a significant barrier to with children, but free book vending machine program helped some via

Dawn Finch urges participation in the campaign | Goal is for every UK schoolchild to have access to a great library + professional librarians

GardenerCarpenter Is a New Power in - In developing , scientists are starting to look to children for inspiration

by others is extremely effective – a new study tested a key reason why: retrieval practice – https://t.co/Q0KejBuODg

is key to early childhood success in and , especially for kids from poorer communities, according to new study https://t.co/g1iD0OyQzX

What About ? – agrees w/ that kids are more alike than different in how they learn

Growing Bookworms

MissSpidersTeaPartyLessons from Listening to Toddlers by Meghan Rose | They show memorization, ability to follow a

"And, here’s a big truth: The root of the big decline in a love for reading (by kids) is us, specifically the English Teacher" w/ suggestions for change | via

Creating Joyful Plans by | , partnerships, + more


FourTendenciesI have found learning about 's fascinating + illuminating. Here's an overview in : How These 4 Different Personality Types Find Motivation https://t.co/jIHMxcL1mF

These for Grown-Ups described in are awesome! I especially liked the one with a area https://t.co/r8WL9F560M

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Storytelling Goes Graphic | Analysis of the boom via

Some interesting tidbits in Morning Notes: The Places You’ll Forget Edition — + more


Tips on helping talk to students about + boost their development, w/ strong sample questions | Max Brand

Schools and Libraries

TwiceExceptionalWhy So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight | Interview w/ +

Excellent piece: The Problem With Hurrying Childhood | "Kids should like school" + we should honor their growth

Interesting piece on how limitations from can trickle into , limiting student + hence enjoyment of

How to Plan and Implement In | has some ideas | https://t.co/CKZda5brMa

Trump Has Hurt Support for , But It Remains Popular, Survey Finds -

One Ohio 's Approach to Bad Behavior and Trauma - Katherine Reynolds Lewis | helping kids to manage "overwhelming feelings and control their impulses"

Some thoughts from on how the US should be Appreciating | | Respect, income commensurate w/ work / + resources

Social Media

BigDisconnectThe Teenage Trap - For some kids, hyper-vigilance that they maintain online is anxiety-producing | Jennifer Breheny Wallace https://t.co/si76jQUOOZ


Challenge Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer | the K-12 Game-a-thon asks kids to design a to solve a problem https://t.co/ed0MfALpxs

© 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.

Literacy Milestone: Post-It Flags in Books

LiteracyMilestoneAThe other day my daughter demonstrated a milestone of the serious book reader: the need to flag a particular passage so that she can find it again. We are a little more than halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (we usually only read it for 20 minutes a day during breakfast). We came to the scene in which Cho wanted Harry to ask her on their first date, to Hogsmeade for Valentine's Day. Cho's goal was obvious to my daughter, at just eight. Harry, however, was totally clueless.

HarryPotterPhoenixMy daughter found this scene HILARIOUS. She immediately grabbed for a post-it flag, scribbled "down" on it, and placed it at the top of the passage. Then when a line near the end of the scene was especially funny, she added a second marker there. 

She has, of course, seen me sprinkle books liberally with post-it flags for years. She has started encountering my old markers as she reads books on her own (the first Harry Potter book, e.g.), and she'll sometimes ask me why I flagged something. But this is the first time I can remember her excitedly marking a scene on her own.

She probably has a future as a book reviewer, should she choose to accept it. [Shades of Charlotte's son, who has grown up with the Cybils in his household, and eventually became a judge, too.] Do other people's children use post-it flags to mark passages? 

© 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

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 4: #StarWarsDay, #SummerReading, and #Reading + #Writing Interactions

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics for this Screen-Free Children's Book Week Star Wars Day include: #BookLists, #CBW18, #ClassroomLibraries, #DiverseBooks, #GraphicNovels, #math, #parenting, #play, #reading, #SchoolLibrarians, #ScreenFreeWeek, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #SummerReading, #SummerSlide, #testing, #writing, child development, education reform, happiness, Jo Boaler, learning, and skills development.

Top Tweet of the Week

12 tips for building a beautiful | "Work w/ your students to develop a list of recommended reads" + more

Book Lists

LMNOPeas24 Must Have Books for Babies (7-12 Months), a from

Diverse : Early (7-10 Year Olds) - from

Humor Hooks Readers: recommendations from the Bay Area Book Fest via

10 Books That Will Help You UP Your Classroom! by

AmalUnboundSouth Asian 2018 – Part 2: Novels | | "by a author, contains a South Asian Main Character, or involves South Asian culture"

Castles, Wands, and Unicorns: 15+ Fantasy Titles for Ages 8-12 | kicking off some from

Book Awards

Congratulations to for winning the 2018 Award for AFTER THE FALL | Announcement at  [Amazon link to After the Fall]

Today on the blog: An Interview with Renée Watson , author of winner PIECING ME TOGETHER  [Amazon link to Piecing Me Together]

Diversity + Gender

CItyOnTheOtherSideA paean to the great girls of 's from + why they are a wonderful opportunity for boys, too |

Silences Stories - on the need for + https://t.co/ii5IqJtFhg

Study: Colleges that have gone "test optional" (SAT/ACT) enroll a higher proportion of low-income + 1st gen + more from backgrounds

Events + Programs

Saturday is | interviews Day Founder

MayTheFourthThis Friday (today) is Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You | | thinking we should plan to watch movies all weekend, despite it being

The 99th annual Children's Book Week is April 30th to May 6th! What book are you reading to celebrate? | Find bookmarks + more here:

Ideas for Australia's Children’s Book Week in August 2018 from Most can apply for US too |

April 30-May6 is also Screen-Free Week

Growing Bookworms

How to Assess Skills Without Knowing the Book They Are Reading by | "Kids need relevant reading experiences that ... also help them grow or protect their love of reading."

The Real Reason to Read Children’s Books – 's students say her "matters because it shows that she cares about us"


For thoughts from on some recent + misc. news, see The Return of Five & Dime Friday: my five cents | Origami pasta that folds itself?

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

GoldenCompassIn Praise of Childhood Favorite Books, even those that lose their magic when you re-read as an adult (Inc. + for Laura Sackton )

No Surprise To , But It’s Nice To Have Evidence: Study Finds That Students Improve Their By | https://t.co/l8NrQz2QHh

9 Ways & 'Feed' One Another From Birth

2018 "may be the best year ever" says + provides examples

Parenting, Happiness + Play

RaisingHappinessWhy Aren’t Happy | Suggestions from for pushing back on things that make us too busy to enjoy life | Stop "shoulding" on yourself [Amazon link to Raising Happiness book]

"It needs to be understood that and are not two different things. Instead, play and learning work together"

Schools and Libraries

are Rockstar Resources - A reminder from | "School are vital to student learning as early as kindergarten"

Tips from on using in , w/ 3 suggested titles

HowReadingChangedLifeHow helps her plan for their "For me, summer reading is the best kind of reading, and I want my kids to know that feeling too."

Understanding the : Sharing Data with and by |

Dear Administrators – A Few Ideas to Motivate from | "Trust us to be professional", "Help us forge connections" + more

School Improvement Program, driven by things asked for (counseling, etc), Receives Student Buy-In |

How One NYC Is Trying To Transform a serving some of the city's poorest students - lots of reaching out to help w/ problems in community

It's All About the Books | recommends 's new book about how + why to create +

Skills Development

RebelTalentWhen Solving Problems, Think About What You Could Do, Not What You Should Do [Amazon link to Rebel Talent book]

How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children (kids ready for the jobs of the ) by

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University : via | should make kids more aware of different options |

Social Media

Sigh. Recent studies suggest that some are anonymously posting negative things about themselves on , to

5 Tips to Tame Compulsive Checking of during next week's from


Professor Wants Everyone to Love , and focus more on depth than speed –

© 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.

Literacy Milestone: Notebooks Everywhere

LiteracyMilestoneARecently I noticed something about  my daughter's behavior that reminded me of my own childhood. She has notebooks EVERYWHERE. Big ones and small ones, ones that I have purchased and ones the she has chosen herself from the Scholastic catalog or the supply for purchase at school. They are often labeled on the cover ("homework", "trips", "'stories", "my future"). She generally wants one with her for even the shortest of car rides. She can be found scribbling away at the kitchen table, in her bed, or hidden in a cabinet in the family room.

She writes and draws with regular pencils, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, and markers. Sometimes the notebooks are brought to me for inspection, and sometimes they are kept private. I try not to pry. Sometimes they are given to me with "homework" assignments that I'm meant to do. Some are full of made-up stories, others are more diary-like, and others are in service of some game or other (especially "school"). They are all valued. 

NotebooksWhen I was a kid my dad owned a hardware store. While that was useful, I always wished that he could have instead had a stationery store. I visited the stationery store in our town whenever I could possibly find an excuse. I coveted notebooks, pencils, and markers (though I'm sure I had quite a few). When I was a bit older than my daughter is now I filled endless spiral notebooks with journal entries. I'm not sure why it took me so long to notice that my daughter is the same way (even though I've been the one buying most of the notebooks). But there you have it - a milestone that's been gradually building up. 

Readers often write, too. Inveterate readers of graphic novels are, I suspect, likely to also draw. None of this is surprising. As long as the piles of books and notebooks don't fall over and crush anyone, it's all good. 

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

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 27: #ScreenFreeWeek, #NoMoreMeanGirls, #AccessToBooks, #Testing + #STEAM

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #AccessToBooks, #BarbaraBush, #BookLists, #crafting, #creativity, #Cybils, #IdeologicalDiversity, #parenting, #poetry, #ReadAloud, #ScreenFreeWeek, #STEAM, #STEM, #testing, book awards, education funding, kidlitosphere, libraries, and mean girls.

Quote of the Week

GiftOfFailure“The less we push our kids toward success, the more they will learn. The less we use external, or extrinsic, rewards on our children, the more they will engage in their for the sake and .” in The Gift of Failure

Top Tweet of the Week

Preserving the Early Excitement of once get to by Kamalisha Green

Book Lists

24 Must Have Books for Babies (0-6 Months) | from

South Asian 2018 – Part 2: | detailed w/ synopses + author bios from https://t.co/a6m8zn2UKR

HauntedLibraryLittle Detectives: Books for 6- to 8-Year-Olds | from https://t.co/0hNSj8FHQm

Great Books for | from + her7th graders + more

Cybils Awards

New blog post: with Suzanne Selfors, author of Early Chapter Book winner WEDGIE & GIZMO from


UncensoredZachary R. Wood: Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | "We get stronger" via [Wood has a book coming out this summer that looks interesting.]

THIS is what I've been talking about re: need for : A Warning to My Fellow Liberals from | Just signed up for updates

When Visited Wellesley | People should make an “effort to learn about and respect difference, to be compassionate with one another, to cherish our own identity and to accept unconditionally the same in others.” |

ScreenFreeWeek2018Events, Programs + Research

Next week is | suggests 50 screen-free activities for celebrating: blocks, books, bikes, games, kites + lots more https://t.co/2rBXDmh3FL

Putting the FUN in ! at the Bay Area Book Festival, April 28th | is moderating discussion w/ LeUyen Pham, Megan McDonald, +

New Research Center for the Study of is Open at Columbia: "recognizing that visionaries such as Albert Einstein experienced failure can... help students perform better in school"

Growing Bookworms

ReadingInTheWild" increases children’s future prospects + has a significant influence on the level of they will attain, their productivity, their health + their quality of life" https://t.co/b8BGx07gTU

How I Read as a Leader – 5 excellent suggestions from elementary principal for being an intentional + inspiring others  https://t.co/gp3Bp6zgdP


The 2018 Progressive Poem is well in hand. Here's 's contribution had the original idea.

Lots of interesting tidbits (including suggestions from ) in Morning Notes: The Vanisher Edition —

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

WarriorsThis made me smile: How I became trapped in a fictitious universe, in which shares his recent experience with the books

Us, Too. muses on what to do when "the perfect book for a child" was written by someone who has "behaved appallingly" in some way https://t.co/cI1bgDYWwz

Research study: Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts –


The Best Kid Made Modern Projects ( Has No Limit) - via

NoMoreMeanGirlsHelping Young Girls Find Their Voice While Developing |

Understanding the Difference Between a 'Late' Reader and a Child with a Learning Issue | Laura Lambert https://t.co/cG3dRG5dXy

Schools and Libraries

RT @HeinemannPub: "If you read aloud regularly to your students, you know: there is no time in the day quite like read aloud time. A good read aloud can bring a group together like nothing else." by

How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students -

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep in | via

IGenOP-ED: Why our youngest generation needs your compassion by via | a reflects on by

Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school? - on recent research study |

Here’s What Happens When Every Gets a Personalized Learning Plan | "All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace"


A Passion for in Retirement - helps girls w/ Amazing Girls Science by

Testing / Assessment

State Tests Do Not Assess Student , says | And as more families , results mean even less |

"We’re so focused on that we’re neglecting to expose pupils to ideas and experiences beyond the classroom" via @storimagic

Trump Education Official Jason Botel to States: Don't Forget About , indicators Under -  https://t.co/JILaGUIkR5

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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: April 25: Series Reading, Summer Plans, and Nonfiction Titles

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 usually sent out every three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have one literacy milestone post, one post about how my daughter wants to spend her summer vacation and three posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. I also shared an off-topic post about my quest for ideological diversity, which I have not included here (of course you are welcome to click through if you are interested). I'm been in a pretty major reviewing slump and do not have any reviews to share with you at this time. Thanks for your patience!

Reading Update:  In the last few weeks I finished ten adult titles. I read/listened to: 

  • Karen Cleveland: Need to Know. Ballantine Books. Adult Mystery. Completed March 30, 2018, on Kindle. This thriller held my attention, but I wasn't crazy about the ending... 
  • Susan Furlong: Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travellers Novel). Kensington. Adult Mystery. Completed April 2, 2018, on Kindle. This is the first of a promising new series set among a population of gypsies who are sometimes discriminated against in their town. The heroine is a wounded former military officer with a three legged working dog. I look forward to the next book. 
  • Charles Finch: A Beautiful Blue Death (The First Charles Lenox Mystery). Minotaur. Adult Historical Mystery. Completed April 4, 2018, on Kindle. This is another new mystery series that I started and have been enjoyed, set in the mid 1800s and featuring a bright, wealthy detective who has echoes of Sherlock Holmes. 
  • FactfulnessHans Rosling: Factfulness. Flatiron Books. Adult Nonfiction. Completed April 7, 2018, on Kindle. This is a fascinating nonfiction title about being better consumers of data and thinking clearly about what the world is actually like. I think everyone should read it. I learned about because Bill Gates recommended it, if you don't want to take my word for it. 
  • Charles Finch: The September Society (A Charles Lenox Mystery). Minotaur. Adult Historical Mystery. Completed April 13, 2018, on Kindle.
  • Jo Furniss: All the Little Children. Lake Union. Adult Thriller (Post Apocalypse). Completed April 16, 2018, on Kindle. This was another that I enjoyed but where I found the ending unsatisfying. 
  • Elizabeth George: The Punishment She Deserves (Lynley + Havers). Viking. Adult Mystery. Completed April 17, 2018, on MP3. Another excellent installment to one of my favorite series. 
  • Charles Todd: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford, #1). William Morrow. Adult Mystery. Completed April 20, 2018, on Kindle. A friend recommended this historical mystery series to me, and I enjoyed the first book. I will check out others. 
  • FourTendenciesGretchen Rubin: The Four Tendencies. Harmony. Adult Nonfiction. Completed April 21, 2018, on Kindle. This is another nonfiction title that I think everyone should read. Rubin, whose work I always find interesting, classifies people according to four tendencies in how they meet internal and external expectations. I already knew my own tendency, but I've been finding it illuminating to consider those of the people around me. 
  • Sir Ken Robinson: You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education. Viking. Adult Nonfiction. Completed April 22, 2018, on Kindle. This book about the educational system is also one that I would recommend. I found much food for thought, and will probably be commenting further later. 
  • Jessica Lahey: The Gift of Failure. Harper. Adult Nonfiction. Completed April 24, 2018. Another excellent nonfiction title, about how and why parents should not over-protect their children, but rather team them autonomy. Covers growth mindset and grit concepts, too. 

I'm currently listening to To Die but Once, the latest Maisie Dobbs book by Jacqueline Winspear. I'm learning a bit about England during the evacuation of Dunkirk in WWII, and enjoying puzzling through the current mystery. I am a bit concerned about the fate of various young loved ones of Maisie's in the war, though. I'm still reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with my daughter. We are past the halfway point but I doubt we'll finish before the summer. 

YearOfTheDogMy daughter is still sending most of her library books, which reflect her reading level but not so much her interest level, back unread. She did make it through Grace Lin's The Year of the Dog, and immediately asked me to get her the next two. She claims these are not in her school library, but I think she just wants them. She's also read Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopoulos, which she received for her recent 8th birthday, several times. When the ARC of a new graphic novel, Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk, showed up on our doorstep this week she dropped everything else to read it, even waking up early on a school day. If I could come up with an enormous pile of middle grade-appropriate, realistic graphic novels, I think she would only stop reading to sleep.  

Just now I found her in her room, half-dressed for the day and half in her pajamas, standing by her bed re-reading a Dork Diaries book for the umpteenth time, instead of finishing getting ready for school. When I try to redirect such behavior she tells me that it's my fault, because I taught her to love books. What can you do? 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 20: #NAEP Results, #Teaching, Various #Diversities, and #STEM

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #IdeologicalDiversity, #introversion, #LibraryWeek, #MentalHealth, #NAEP, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #StorytimeFromSpace, #testing, parenting, reading, schools, #play, and teaching.

Top Tweets of the Week

Make Connections for Your by following these 6 Advocates for School Library Month

Seven reasons people no longer want to be | written in Australia but , lack of autonomy + "work intensification" sound universal

Book Lists

NotQuiteNarwhalRA RA Read: Pink + Fancy (now w/ unicorns + miniatures) | A guide to books + series from Jean Little Library

7 books with great scenes to read during | On Our Minds

Beloved Books: 50 Classic Stories | + lots more

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100? — shares the sometimes surprising results, without comment

Rosewotwn3 New Books Starring Tween | reviews by

Favorite Theme Books + Activities for Kids from


Today on the blog, an interview with , author of Middle Grade Fiction winner REFUGEE (from )

Diversity + Gender

MommysKhimarIn Search of Missing Children: Why Representation in Is So Important | Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Thinking About Children’s Literature in a Time of | the need for Jewish beyond the + lots more via

RT @DTWillingham: When asked to draw a scientist, do children draw a male or female? Changes over time ($) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/cdev.13039

On Life Balance from "If you have a lot of friends on one side of the spectrum, you should balance it out with at least a few from the other side. O/w you’ll find yourself living in an echo chamber."

Silicon Valley's Dangerous Political Blind Spots - Will lack of + presence of monoculture doom big tech companies?

Events + Programs

RosieRevereThe Storytime from program is very cool. Watch astronauts read , promoting + together

Growing Bookworms

to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior + Attention - on recent study https://t.co/S7Xj1CkqQm

Your Guide to Beginning Chapter Book Series for New from + more

Narrow vocabulary 'hits pupils' grades'. Teachers "blame the "word gap" on too little reading for pleasure"  https://t.co/qYaOqXGkX7


Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (bet this is extra true for ) | 13 better questions to ask from https://t.co/CNmvw1QACG


Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books” — | kids' humorous contest, children's illustrator greeting cards + more news


Parent + elementary principal will occasionally take her kids' books away as a consequence | I have done this occasionally but remain conflicted about it

Study finds an over-abundance of toys may stifle toddler | w/ fewer options, kids w/ each longer

This is hilarious: Why Do Cheat at Family Board Games? To Lose as Fast as Possible - https://t.co/WteXg55aJZ

ImALibrarianSimple Ways Kids Can Help Communities + Model from | Ideas for showing in neighborhoods + at home, w/

Schools and Libraries

5 of the Coolest Children’s in the U.S. | + more

It's Time to Let Go of Tired Habits - stop letting emotions be barriers to | Guest post by for https://t.co/W21fMMWCzJ

Sigh: In Massachusetts, a disturbing trend in , restricted free , rest, recess + less autonomy | via https://t.co/bbNCmWbYAs

4 tips on how can use to connect w/ school community | | own school stories, share successes, solidify connections

Simple Advice from : Enjoy the Kids "The quickest way to change another person's behavior is to change your behavior towards them"

Suffering Can't Be Good Teachers - | "Teaching is not, and should not be, missionary work"

Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay. "The social contract is broken" as is reduced w/out raising salaries https://t.co/mc4qQsTIxa

can be a great way to get students to use strong evidence to support their arguments, even when defending an unpopular opinion

Screen Time

Multi-Tasking With Mobile Phones: Yep, It's Bad for , especially speed conference

RT @DTWillingham: New survey: 95% of US principals think students spend too much time w/ screens outside of school. https://t.co/wFS9SCslNT


Are Failing to Teach Kids How to - in | References panel w/ + on

Betsy DeVos Says We Can't 'Spend Our Way' Out of Stagnant Test Scores |

Sigh. California’s poor students rank near last on national test |A failure of

New York’s ‘leaders’ are hiding the ugly truth that they are "watering down state exams to yield higher student scores" via

'Tis the season for exam anxiety (in the UK) – but we need to remind our pupils that it's normal to feel stressed'


MathematicalMindsetsGuest essay: When will we stop teaching kids to memorize and focus on understanding concepts instead?

What I found most interesting about this article was things + are doing to encourage women to go into +

How Bad Is the Government’s ? Interesting piece in about how few studies are reproducible, and how this crisis is largely invisible

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Literacy Milestone: Wishing You Still Had a Series Ahead of You

LiteracyMilestoneAMy daughter has recently been demonstrating a behavior common in people who really love books (though I think it could also apply to TV drama series). She has been lamenting having already read the books that she loves, because she is unable to experience them again for the first time. When she finished the last of the published Dork Diaries books, she said something like: "Oh, I wish I hadn't finished this series yet." She's now read them each four or five times, I would estimate, but she knows, as I do, that re-reads are not the same as that discovery-filled first time. 

DorkDiaries8There was another incident where we were walking past the notebook and graphic novel section at Target. We already owned pretty much every title on the display. She patted the covers of her particular favorites (another behavior of book-lovers in the wild) and said: "I wish I could get amnesia and forget all of these, so that I could read them again for the first time." Ah yes. I feel that way about the Harry Potter books. 

WimpyKidCabinFeverOf course she has many other books ahead of her to "read for the first time". She's a bit stuck right now because she's primarily only interested in graphic novels and notebooks novels, and she's read most of the ones that are remotely appropriate for her age level. One notable exception is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which she has been reluctant to start for some reason. Maybe she is saving it. She remarked recently: "Well, once I start them I'm going to need to read them all right away." So perhaps that will be a good plan for the summer. 

What books do you wish that you could read again for the first time? 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