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Introduction: Jen

Posted by Jen Robinson on April 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM in Introductions
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JenAtALA.jpgHi, I'm Jen Robinson, and I'm thrilled to be here blogging at Booklights. A bit of background: I'm originally from outside of Boston, but have lived in the San Jose area for the past 9 years. I'm a fan of the Red Sox, chocolate in all forms, and complex television dramas like LOST and 24. I have a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and I co-own a small software company.

But here's what you really need to know about me: I was a tremendous bookworm as a kid. I would read anywhere - up in a tree, on the roof, on a raft in the middle of the lake - you name it! As I grew older, I never stopped reading whenever I could, and I never stopped reading children's books (though I've been known to also read grown-up titles from time to time, especially mysteries). I think that many of the highest quality titles available today are published as children's books.

I've always felt compelled to share the joy of reading with children. To that end, I started my own blog, Jen Robinson's Book Page, in late 2005. I write about children's and young adult books, children's literacy, and raising readers. I'm an active participant in the community of people who blog about these topics, commonly known as the Kidlitosphere, and am the Literacy Evangelist for the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils). Here at Booklights I plan to share children's literacy and Kidlitosphere news and ideas, along with book recommendations. I welcome your feedback!


BookChook writes...

Hey Jen, I look forward to following your posts here at Booklights, too!

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks, Susan! I'm sure to be highlighting Share a Story - Shape a Future and other great resources like your blog here, too.

Elisabeth writes...

Wow -- you sound just like me! Except for the engineering/software company part. I, also, still collect and read children's books after a childhood spent almost continuously reading, and my favorite sort of book after children's -- if I can choose just one -- is mysteries! AND, if I were choosing books to recommend to someone about eight, the very first author I mentioned would be Elizabeth Enright. I look forward to reading your blog!

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

It is wonderful to hear from a kindred spirit, Elisabeth. I think there's a natural parallel between children's books and mysteries (Maureen Corrigan mentioned this in her book "Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading") - both tend to feature strong, what happens next plots, and characters who are active rather than passive protagonists.

Personally, I never intend to outgrow Elizabeth Enright's books. If you haven't read the Penderwicks (currently 2 books in the series) by Jeanne Birdsall, I highly recommend those as having a similar feel.

Thanks for reading Booklights! I look forward to talking books with you.

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