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When love and skill work together, expect a miracle. John Ruskin

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Twitterville Talk #90

Continued conversations, multiple exchanges of ideas, amazing connections---that's the power of Twitter.  I hope everyone had a good week.  Have a safe, restful weekend and make time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

Many a night when Twitter starts to quiet down time zone by time zone, Mr. Schu starts tweeting about a gazillion resources.  I fully plan on giving him his own spot on Storify soon but until then enjoy this video (plus a whole bunch more of his tweets).  How did I ever miss this book?

I forget to keep checking the Scholastic web site for teaching tools.  This looks to be a fantastic guide of activities, The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery.

Close your eyes and listen to The Little Prince-70th Anniversary Edition narrated by Viggo Mortensen.

Get ready to add to that TBR pile courtesy of Publishers Weekly, Fall 2013 Sneak Previews.

Here's the link to another blog post loaded with resources for the books nominated for the Monarch Book Award.  Post number one is here.

Make sure you have your packet for World Read Aloud Day, 2013.

Are you ready to celebrate El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros ?  Download the resource guide so you will be good to go on April 30th.

Top Ten Books for Youth: Graphic Novels  My TBR pile just got a little taller.

March is also Women's History Month. There is a good link here.

Meet the Latest Newbery Winner: How Katherine Applegate created a modern-day classic

Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park has announced the 28th Annual Book Award Winners  To the first person who sends a DM on Twitter or leaves a comment at this post as to the top winner in the Kids' Choice category I will send a copy of A Splash of Red:  The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. (This book has been won.)

Anita Silvey offers her insights on Dr. Seuss; a perfect video for the month of March.

For all his efforts this week and for those weeks to come I thank John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.

I'm really enjoying these videos from Candlewick in their We Believe In Picture Books year-long celebration.  Thanks for this tweet!

Heads up and mark your calendars, the Kids Read Comics Celebration has picked a date and place.  Follow the link.

Thanks to author/illustrator, Dave Roman for this tweet.

In case you missed the Sunday night special,  #titletalk hosted by Colby Sharp 4th grade teacher, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread along with guest host, Katherine Sokolowski, 5th grade teacher and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect, the archive of the chat is here.  The topic for the month of February was historical fiction.

Thank to Cindy Minnich for compiling the archive and for this tweet.  Cindy is a high school English teacher, yearbook advisor and blogger at Charting By the Stars.

It was announced this week, New Picture Book to Honor Newton, Conn., Community.  Make sure you make a note of the release date; fantastic author and illustrator combining their talents straight from the heart. To the first person who can tell me the author and illustrator of this book via DM on Twitter or by leaving a comment at this post, I will send a copy of The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder with illustrations by Catia Chien. (This book has been won.)

Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for this tweet and article.

Here is a good presentation on Why Visuals Matter In Storytelling.

This is an excellent compilation, Resources for Lessons About the Iditarod and Dogs In General.

Thanks to Richard Byrne, educator and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers for these tweets.

Corey Rosen Swartz, author of The Three Ninja Pigs (reviewed here) posted The 2012 Picture Book Oscars on her blog this week. This might be a fun activity to do with your students.

Thanks for the tweet!

Two good sources of information on the studies of maps and map skills linked here and Interactives United States History Map.

Thanks to teacher librarian Sarah Ducharme, currently working in Budapest and blogging at Try Curiosity! for these tweets.

Here's the start of an interesting conversation for the literacy community, Behind The Books: Does Story Appeal to Everyone?

Think about this....really think about it.

Thanks to author Melissa Sweet (Animal Grossapedia reviewed here) and blogger at Celebrate Science for these tweets.

Did you know about Page to Screen: Upcoming Kids' Books Set for Film Adaptions?

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Have you made time to watch Teaching Empathy & Preventing Bullying? It's March 4, 2013.

Thanks to Colby Sharp for this tweet.

25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries  Food for thought for those not in the know.

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian currently in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian. 

Good news for those following the Battle of the Kids' Books 2013, Who Do YOU Want in the Finale?  The Undead Poll is Open!

Thanks to the Battle Commander of the Battle of the Kids' Books for this tweet.

Gary Schmidt talks about Okay for Now on NPR All Things Considered: With Audubon's Help, Beat-Up Kid Is 'Okay for Now'

Thanks to author Linda Urban for this tweet.

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators has announced the 2013 Golden Kite Award Winners .  

Thanks to author/illustrator K. G. Campbell for this tweet.

Here's my list of favorite quotes and thoughts for this week.


  1. I loved King Arthur's Very Great Grandson! Here's the link to my review on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/349234334.

    1. Good morning, Teresa. Thank you for the link to your review. I, too, really enjoyed this book.

  2. Always grateful for your recap. Thank you x 50 for the link to the World Read Aloud Day Packet!!

    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

  3. Found it!

    MacLachlan and Kellogg on the Newton book...

    1. The answer is right but Erika squeaked in just before you did. Thanks for stopping, Maria.