One of my educator friends, Katherine Sokolowski, a fifth grade teacher and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect wrote a post this week called The Power of Laughter. Staying with the passion behind her post I decided to begin my post this week with a video recommended by an author in a tweet.
C. Alexander London, author of the An Accident Adventure series and a new series, Dog Tags for this tweet.
Sometimes I think we've lost sight of what our priorities should be; of what we should value most highly. This video says much about the importance of libraries.
Deborah Kops, for this tweet.
The National Education Association has provided a page on their website Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
What author has a new website? Dave Pilkey! Head on over and check it out.
Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher-librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.
To celebrate the start of a new year an educator and blogger has posted this list, Jen's 2013 Bookish Un-Boring List! There are certainly some great ideas here to expand your reading goals for the year.
Thanks go to Jen Vincent, teacher and blogger at Teach Mentor Texts for this post and this tweet.
Mark this date on your calendar--January 27, 2013. It's the next title talk at 8PM EST. Use the hashtag #titletalk
Thanks to Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and classroom teacher, for this tweet.
This looks to be not only very useful but easy to understand--Twitter For Educators Beginner's Guide
Thanks to librarian and blogger at The Adventures of Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde, for this tweet.
Earlier this week author Jo Knowles, See You At Harry's, wrote a blog post titled Live Your Life: A Theme and a Challenge for 2013. It's well worth a reread for two reasons; it's heartfelt and well written and it was inspired by the illustrated NPR interview of the late Maurice Sendak.
Thanks for the tweet and for this post to Jo Knowles.
And once again I am looking for the elusive money tree as this came over the wire---Maurice Sendak illustrations to go up for auction. Other very notable illustrators' work is to included.
Get a load of the first two authors writing for a new series---Scholastic to Roll Out New Multi-Platform Series. I think I might have gasped, laughed, clapped or all three.
Nancy Farmer Returns with 'Scorpion' Sequel This should be very good.
There are some very excellent titles on this list, A Literary Tour of Historical Y.A.
Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for these tweets.
Author Madelyn Rosenberg, Happy Birthday, Tree! (reviewed here), has posted a wonderful list of resources for celebrating the Jewish observance, Tu B'Shevat. As she states in her post, Birthday of the Trees, there are other times of the year, actually every day, to honor our leafy friends.
Thanks to Madelyn Rosenberg for this post and tweet.
The Nerdy Book Club Jr site is up and running again. It is a collaborative blog for student readers. An author can be any elementary student (K-6). Spread the word.
Thanks to fourth grade teacher Tony Keefer for this tweet.
Candlewick Press continues to spread the joy in their We Believe In Picture Books! campaign. Here is one of this week's videos by author/illustrator, John Rocco winner of a 2012 Caldecott Honor award for his title, Blackout (reviewed here).
In case you missed the outstanding TED video, How A Boy Became An Artist, by author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka it is included in this guest post he recently did at the TED Blog titled 10 great children's books destined to become classics.
To the first person who tweets or leaves a comment after this post with the correct answer I will send them a copy of Phillip Hoose's Moonbird: A Year On The Wind With The Great Survivor B95 The question is: What is the name of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's new chapter book to be released on May 7, 2013?
Thanks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka for this tweet.
This is almost unbelievable but then take a look for yourself---Paper Computer Makes Rounds at CES.
HMHKids for this tweet.
If you are looking for a good resource for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration look no further---The 'Our White House' Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids has some great ideas.
Thanks to teacher-librarian, Shannon McClintock Miller and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice for this tweet.
Our Library of Congress is an amazing resource; Infographic--Teaching with the Library of Congress
Thanks to Donna Baumbach, retired professor at UCF in Orlando.
And the winner is...The Charlotte Zolotow Award
Interesting post about students wanting to read versus knowing how to read---The Reading Race
Thanks to Professor Teri Lesesne, educator and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature for these tweets.
This is a unique version in a completely different setting of Barrie's Peter Pan---Peter Panzerfaust, Peter Pan Comic, Displays New Take On Classic (PHOTOS)
Thanks to HuffPost Books for this tweet.
It is with great sadness that I write of the death of Caldecott Medalist and two time Caldecott Honor award winner, Gerald McDermott.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes and thoughts from Twitter this week.
The danger of research is that looking up 1 fact about ancient languages can lead you to browsing CIA jobs and shopping for a coffee table.
— Jeramey Kraatz (@jerameykraatz) January 5, 2013
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
— Phil Torcivia (@PhilTorcivia) January 6, 2013
I know things are going well when my students ask me about how I'm progressing with my reading goals. #titletalk
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) January 7, 2013
Now and then, it strikes me as peculiar that one seemingly normal adult can say to another seemingly normal adult: "Do you tweet?"
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) January 7, 2013
Best question of the day: "Do you have the ARC for Extreme Babymouse? I don't want to wait until tomorrow." -3rd grader
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) January 7, 2013
I love that special moment during a read-aloud when you & your students are so hooked that time's forgotten. Good writing causes that!
— Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) January 8, 2013
Why do we need to quantify everything in education?Kids are not numbers.
— Teri Lesesne (@ProfessorNana) January 9, 2013
"I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it." -Harper Lee tmblr.co/Zkm-MvbLs_Yr
— SchoolLibraryJournal (@sljournal) January 9, 2013
The following tweet should be marked on your calendar.
Getting ready 4 #SharpSchu Book Club w/ @origamiyoda & @michaelwbuckley! See ya 1/16, 8PM EST! @colbysharp @mrschureads twitter.com/AmeDyckman/sta…
— Ame Dyckman (@AmeDyckman) January 10, 2013
I don't know how teachers do it. I'm exhausted.
— Barbara O'Connor (@barbaraoconnor) January 10, 2013
Today I'm starting research on Florence Nightingale - Jack and Annie might be meeting her on the River Nile!
— Mary Pope Osborne (@MaryPopeOsborne) January 11, 2013
"Read like a wolf eats." - Gary Paulsen
— Kurtis Scaletta (@kurtisscaletta) January 11, 2013