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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 29: #ClassroomLibraries, #CellPhone Bans + #ReadingAloud Print Books to Kids

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #Audiobooks, #BookLists, #ClassroomLibrary, #Grades, #GrowthMindset, #KidLitCon, #LoveOfReading, #NASA, #nonfiction, #Play, #PrintBooks, #ReadAloud, #SAT, #ScreenTime, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #testing, memory, parenting, and reading.

Top Tweet of the Week

to Your Toddler? New Study Confirms Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones, generating more talk about the story between parents + kids |


EscapeFromLemoncelloCrack the Code! 9 Books About and Codes for 9- to 12-Year-Olds | Fun from Dena McMurdie |

16 Great for Third Graders | Another solid from |

Events, Programs + Research

A thank you to participants, speakers + sponsors from + more

People keep making new brain cells throughout their lives (well at least until the age of 97), according to a study on human brains |


OverloadedStrong piece by Dr. Denise Pope from on how kids ought to be choosing | Factors like academic engagement in + mentoring from faculty are more tied to future success than elite names

No one likes the SAT. It’s still the fairest thing about admissions. et. al. --> I agree. No question scores helped me be the first in family to go to

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

QuietPowerLet's hear it for young readers editions of titles, says , encouraging publishers to look for other bestselling titles to adapt for the + market

5 Reasons Why Listens to at Double Speed

Parenting, Play + Growth Mindset

Fear of , the Kryptonite to - "The older we get, the more afraid we are to get things wrong, to fail" | w/ tips for modeling

Confident Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 5 Things | |

YouYourChildSchoolHow to Navigate Your Way to the Best for Your Child | + more

The Many Shades of Fear-Based Parenting, w/ recommendation for following trustful methods instead from Peter Gray

33 Reasons Why Parents Should Choose a Play-Based , Not an Academic One

Reading in School

A Few More Steps Toward a Successful Experience for All in |

EverythingEverythingBeyond the Comfort Zone: Books for Our Times | Working w/ kids + parents when books in the get into potentially controversial areas

Gradual Release of the 1st Grade helps kids learn about w/out becoming overwhelmed by choice –

Screen Time + Social Media

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good | Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding is a status symbol. | | I think there's validity to this argument

Let’s Talk About : Should We Limit Access Or Teach Responsibility, asks | I think this is very complex |

IGenSome real food for thought here: "I didn't have control": A 14-year-old on why she quit + how she felt when she learned her mom + sister had been posting about her for years


This is sad: cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of spacesuit in right size |

At an Ontario high school, a mark-less class is challenging how students engage in - via

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage.

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 22: Personal Responsibility, Education Research + Snowplow Parents

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #GrowthMindset, #introversion, #JoyOfReading, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #PersonalizedLearning, #ReadAloud, #SocialMedia, college, libraries, parenting, research, and teachers.

Top Tweet of the Week

I like this post from about taking responsibility for your choices + actions, not blaming things "happening" to you | Yes, It’s All Your Fault: Active vs. Passive Mindsets

Events, Programs + Research

LionWitchRead Like a Child, Don’t Fall Into the Trap of Competitive | Sally O'Reilly via |

The dark side of research: widespread bias | developer-funded research showed benefits 70% greater than what independent study found

The Fails to Close: Half century of shows mostly unchanged divide between haves and have-nots, + that gains at 8th grade level don't flow through to end of

Wishing well as she heads out to Providence, happening THIS weekend. I'm sure her panel on will be useful. As for me, I'll be there in spirit but not in body

Building Teens Into Strong Readers — By Letting Them Teach | via |

Growing Bookworms

MissRumphiusThe Time for – Early March Edition is out from , covering + ideas for linking gardening +

15 Tips for Starting a Lifelong Conversation w/ Kids About Books |  

Higher Ed

Remember, It’s Their Years, Not Yours - | Sue Shellenbarger talks to various experts on overly involved parents who project their own needs +/or pressure their kids re:

Is Worth It? Wealthy parents who spend to get their kids into top schools aren’t giving them as big an advantage as commonly thought, research shows

Parenting + Play

RaiseAnAdultHow (who move every challenge out of kids' paths) Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood +

Is Now Required by Law in Several U.S. States | Sad that they have to legislate this, but good to see kids getting more |

Getting Little Boys to Sit Down and Learn. "Nourish first their deep instinctual need to move, wear them out physically. Then they will be able to sit for a time"


In , Where Is the Line Between Criticism and Cancel Culture? Lots of food for thought in this piece by | My friend is quoted, too!

Schools and Libraries

MindsetSchools love the idea of a , but has its application in been shown to have an impact? Does self-concept drive achievement, or vice versa? via

Oral Reading (kids in class): Making it Useful or Making it a Waste of Time? should work to keep it enjoyable + fun

research: Schools should invest in arts and PE to boost adolescent students' attainment and engagement | via

Explicit Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With - |

Five Myths and What You Can Do to Overcome Them –

13 ways educators can transform | | Give students time to read, think, write + dream

Expecting Too Much — and Too Little? — of | musings from

9 Unexpected Perks That Come with Having a Library Card | via |

Self Awareness, Screen Time + Mental Health

QuietSusanCainThis fits w/ my experience: Why Might Be the Best Career Path for Introverts |

Rise In Depression Among + Young Adults Could Be Linked To Use, finds new study headed by |

Brazilian Researchers Say Is Real, And That It’s Associated With Impaired Decision-making –

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage.

Literacy Milestone: Wanting to be a Journalist

LiteracyMilestoneAThis won't come as a huge surprise, given her earlier newspaper creation project, but my daughter announced recently that she thinks that journalism might be a good future career for her. What made this stand out for me was that she had actually thought it through, based on the things that she likes to do and the things that she's good at. More and more, she's self-identifying as a person who likes to / needs to write. 

I'm not sure exactly where the idea of journalism specifically came from, but I had recently gotten her a subscription to a monthly printed newspaper written for kids called Xyza News for Kids. [It's pretty cool - I do recommend it.] She also knows that I read two newspapers every day. She has in general been asking me about news events lately, both current (Momo) and historic (the Holocaust), as she hears about things.

As a result of her interest, I've started being more proactive in telling her about news stories I think she'll find relevant. For instance, I told her about the recent college admissions cheating scandal. Her question there was: "What's going to happen to the kids who are in college?". Which is an excellent question. Of course I am selective about what stories I tell her about. 

But she has her own ideas about what she's ready to hear about, anyway. She got it into her head this week to research people who had escaped from prison and were still at large. I printed out an article that I found listing a bunch of escapees from New Jersey prisons. She made a little crime notebook about them. This notebook makes her feel like a journalist, and I guess that's the real point. 

LandryNewsI can't say that I would want to see her decide to be some sort of international war zone correspondent in the future. But in the relatively near term, if she wants to get involved in school newspapers, I think that could be a good fit for her. I slipped a copy of The Landry News by Andrew Clements into her book basket this weekend, and have a couple of other journalism-themed titles on her wish list. And, of course, I keep feeding her notebook habit (which is not small task - you would not believe how many notebooks she has accumulated). 

Reading and writing are so intertwined. I remain thrilled that my daughter is passionate about both of them, in whatever ways she chooses to express that. Thanks for reading!

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 15: A College Admissions Scandal, A Reading Crisis + More

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #BookLists, #CollegeAdmissions, #Focus, #Grit, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #HigherEd, #Introversion, #KidLitCon, #Literacy, #Mindfulness, #ScreenTime, #Testing, #WorldBookDay, grading, libraries, parenting, reading, and schools.

Top Tweets of the Week

We Have a National Crisis in - , + | work is a both/and re: + sharing rich texts w/ kids

THIS! Celebrating One Year of The Image | | Parents should focus on kids' + , not on as a competition. [This one was added too late to have received a lot of responses yet, but I WANT everyone to read it.]

Book Lists + Awards

JuliaMorganThree on a Theme from | about Female Architects |

8 to Celebrate , from

: About 99 Real-Life Mighty Girls & Women | from

A particularly fun today from | Top Secret! Spy Books for Kids, fiction + nonfiction

GreatGreeneHeistAnother fun from | Books Like : Heists, Thrilling Missions and Spies! |

Press Release Fun | The 2019 Book Prize Winners Announced! — I love these awards that celebrate in

Events, Programs + Research

is coming up! Bring your current ARCs to swap! Bring spare tote bags! Bring books to donate to a good cause! |

Author/illustrator book sale and signing event open to the public both evenings of (4-6pm, 3/ 22 + 23) – Providence, RI

Happy 60th Birthday to . She looks pretty good for her age:

GritResearch scholars to air problems with using at - | Author shares responses from to

Objections to 's Take on + from +

Growing Bookworms

Set the children free – show them the joy of for reading’s sake | via

Parents urged to keep to children "well into their teens" - via |

How to to a Child That Won’t Sit Still |

BookLoveTaylorHow Easy Books (Some of the Time) Benefits Your Child | Good points from via

Higher Ed

This is insane: Federal Prosecutors Charge Dozens of Wealthy Parents in Cheating Scheme - | Faking recruited athletes + cheating on tests just to get into certain schools. Sigh.

One Reason Rural Students Don't Go To : Colleges Don't Go To Them | |

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

QuietSusanCainIntroverts Unite! (separately) – "The entire world is designed for noisy coffee lovers, why can’t we keep this one little bit of it (the library) quiet? |

Schools and Libraries

Four Practices That Discourage | via

‘If all of that had been improving us, we would have been the highest-achieving nation in the world.' Here’s what does work in | quotes

Movement And Breathing Breaks Help Students Stay Focused On | |

A depressing report: 'It's dangerous': full chaos of cuts in England's revealed by@guardian investigation | +

Screen Time, Parenting + Play

OrchidAndDandelionIs Your Child An Orchid Or A Dandelion? Unlocking The Science Of Sensitive Kids | interviews author Thomas Boyce about a book that I found fascinating

Smartphone Addicts’ New Tactic to Break Their Habit: Buy a Second Phone - | Personally I found it easier to delete + other apps from my regular phone, but this was interesting |

What I Gave My Kid Instead of a Smartphone – Some excellent advice in this piece about kids + technology by via |

How Does Generation Z Read? (+ how does that affect ) | Kelly Jensen talks w/ |

A timely reminder from that sometimes we need to tolerate the messy in favor of allowing opportunities |

Raising a Nonstarving Artist - guest post from

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 8: Online #BedTimeStories, #WorldBookDay and Damaging #Homework

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #ExtraCredit, #Focus, #homework, #JoyOfReading, #KidLitCon, #reading, #ReadingAloud, #ScreenTime, #WorldBookDay, #YA, parenting, publishing, schools, and teaching.

Top Tweet of the Week

This elementary school principal reads books on Facebook to ensure her students have a bedtime story

Book Lists

Tweedles | A new from , organized by time period + region

ABC Books for Kids that Parents Will Enjoy Too! Another from

A Few to Celebrate from

Great stuff on this from Jennifer Wharton: RA RA Read: adventures across the genres (gadgets, secret societies, + more)

Events, Programs + Research

KIDLIT_con_poster_final_web_smAnnouncing some program changes and additions! – Providence 2019, March 22-23

"should be about getting children excited about books and ", something should be doing every day

A Few Suggestions from for Celebrating on March 7

Mrs. P’s FREE website refocuses mission on making reading No. 1 and ends annual contest! Read all about it!

Growing Bookworms

DeathlyHallowsKeeping Magic in (or How We Reorganized our Middle School to Improve Reading) by Tara McCabe

Schools should include for older kids (as should parents) to halt fall in young readers, urge experts |

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Interesting post from about how she is able to read + review SO MANY books, w/ a few tidbits on what her students care about

Terry has posted her March Question for | "What life habits or interests have come from being a reader?" | Share your thoughts here:

He Was Part of a Twitter Mob That Attacked Young Adult Novelists. Then It Turned on Him. Now His Book Is Cancelled |

Parenting + Play

GiftOfFailureHow the Momo challenge and other remote but outrageous + viral threats distract parents from real dangers -

Schools and Libraries

"Despite the very good intentions behind giving , the results are damaging to just about every aspect of " says | Post also calls "damaging"

, See as Students Do, urges | "It is our job as to sprinkle fairy dust and create the circumstances that engage and excite learners"

Screen Time

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain - via

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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: March 6: Post-Vacation Edition

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 a post about things I've been doing to improve my focus (with book recommendations). I also have two literacy milestones for my daughter (appreciating the smell of new books and being librarian for a day at school) and a post about how I try to validate her reading choices. Finally, I have three posts with links that I shared on Twitter, full of reading- and literacy-related news. 

Reading Update:  In the last three weeks I finished two middle grade titles, one young adult titles, and five adult titles (two fiction and four nonfiction). I went to Florida with my family, and was able to get in some reading time on the airplane and in the theme parks. I read/listened to: 

  • ItWasntMeDana Alison Levy: It Wasn't Me. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade/Middle School Fiction. Completed February 10, 2019, print review copy. This books is basically a remake of the Breakfast Club, but with a mystery (who defaced the photos taken by Theo?). It's a little contrived as a result, but very well executed. I flagged a variety of passages, and laughed out loud many times, too. One of the characters is Jax Fletcher from Levy's books about the Family Fletcher, a nice continuity.
  • Jeff Kinney: The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood. Harry N. Abrams Books. Middle Grade Nonfiction. Completed February 16, 2019, read aloud to my daughter. This isn't something I would have read on my own, but I actually learned a fair bit about how movies are made. And my daughter, a Wimpy Kid fan, loved it. 
  • VanishingStairMaureen Johnson: The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2). Katherine Tegen Books. Young Adult Mystery. Completed February 18, 2019, on Kindle. This was an excellent read, well-plotted and with strong characters. My only complaint is that I'll presumably have to wait a year for the next book, with several major unresolved issues nagging at me. 
  • Pernille Ripp: Passionate Readers. Routledge. Adult Nonfiction. Completed February 12, 2019, on Kindle. I love Pernille's blog, and enjoyed reading her thoughts about how teachers can and should nurture passionate readers in the classroom. 
  • Lisa Damour: Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Ballantine Books. Adult Nonfiction. Completed February 20, 2019, on Kindle. This book, by a clinical psychologist, has a lot of useful information about helping girls cope with the various pressures around them. I need to go back and review my many highlights, and may write more about this book in the future. 
  • BurglarThomas Perry: The Burglar. Mysterious Press. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed February 27, 2019, on Kindle. I enjoyed this mystery, about a female cat-burglar who accidentally stumbles upon a murder scene, and has to go into hiding, and try to solve the crime to save her own life. I hope this proves to be the first of a new series. 
  • Celeste Headlee: We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter. Harper Wave. Adult Nonfiction. Completed March 1, 2019, on Kindle. This is a quick read about how to have better conversations. It actually fit in well with my current focus on focusing better, because being focused on the person you are talking to (and not on your phone) is one of the author's first and strongest suggestions. I liked this book enough to go back through my highlights and make a document with recommendations that I can review over time. 
  • C.J. Box: The Disappeared (Joe Pickett, No. 18). G.P. Putnam's Sons. Adult Mystery. Completed March 4, 2019, on MP3. I delayed listening to this installment of the Joe Pickett series for some reason. I'm glad that I did, because the next book will be out next week. I have already pre-ordered it, which should tell you all you need to know. 

TheGetawayI'm still reading Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey, having taken a break between Part 1 and Part 2 (the downside of reading in print is that I don't want to take print books on vacation). I hope to find some focused time to finish this one soon. I'm also reading No More Mean Girls by Katie Hurley. I'm listening to Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor. I'm reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney aloud to my daughter. 

In terms of her own reading, my daughter has been re-reading the first two Five Worlds books by Mark Siegel et. al. and other graphic novel favorites. She never gets a ton of reading done when we are traveling, but she did enjoy Edison Beaker, Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso and a graphic novel version of Tom Sawyer. We're also trying to catch up on our Word A Day calendar, after falling behind over vacation. 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms! 

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage

Literacy Milestone: Librarian for a Day

LiteracyMilestoneAMy book-loving friends would have been cheered by seeing my daughter dance around the kitchen with joy after she learned that we had won our bid for her to be Librarian for a Day at her elementary school. The fact that we were the only bidder was a bit sad in theory, but worked out for us. 

Her actual experience being Librarian for a Day was last week. She was very proud. She came home talking about what kinds of research projects that kids in the upper grades were working on, and which friends from other grades she was able to see when they visited. She especially enjoys checking out books and adding tape to the corners of new books (something that she experienced last year, in her first librarian incarnation).

It makes me happy that my daughter loves the school library, and the librarian, enough to be utterly delighted to do this two years in a row. We'll see what next year brings!

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms! 

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage

Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 1: Friendship Books, Reading Levels + Teacher Pay

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. This is a relatively brief post, because I was on vacation for much of the time, and didn't spend much time online. But I do have a few links for you on #BookLevels, #BookLists, #BookRecommendations, #DiverseBooks, #GrowingBookworms, #LoveOfBooks, #mindfulness, #ReadAloud, #reading, #TeacherPay, parenting, and teaching. Happy reading!

Book Lists

SunnySideUpRA RA Read: Real Girls, Real Friendships and Best Frenemies, books that librarian Jennifer Wharton recommends frequently, +

2019 – Winter & Spring | w/ blurbs from

Growing Bookworms

I agree w/ | Stop Freaking Out About | "shouldn’t be entirely leveled, parents shouldn’t prevent a child from picking a book they would enjoy. We have to stop this book leveling madness."

A mom mourns the realization that her bedtime sessions w/ her daughter are ending | | Kiley Frank

Top Ten Reasons School Counselors Want Students to Read: Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities! by

Passing on A Few (Book) Recommendations – where teacher gets + book ideas | + more

UK study finds only 1/4 of pupils get recommended reading for pleasure time in school |

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Remote Control Reading by | Defending the reader's right to read multiple books at one time, fall asleep while + more

Parenting + Play

UnderPressureHow Can Help Kids (and Parents!) Weather Emotional Storms - via |

Schools and Libraries

Higher Pay Leads to Smarter Teachers, Global Study Says - | Teachers have stronger cognitive skills in countries that may them more |


Non-profit teaching to girls from kindergarten up -

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