I'm not sure when the first book trailer of all time was posted but they are one of the best ways, outside of a personal recommendation from someone you trust, to ignite interest in a title. Here are some of those posted by the one and only Mr. Schu.
Big Nate and his creator, author Lincoln Pierce, are trying to make the longest comic strip in the world. Do you want to help them break the record? Look here for information.
With Amazon's acquisition of Goodreads concerns multiplied and were voiced on Twitter. Here is a video titled Declaration of Independents.
If you haven't marked your calendars yet or read the titles picked for the next #SharpSchu book club on April 24th, head over to this post to get ready.
Here is yet another link to resources for National Poetry Month, Poetry Month: Everything You Need.
It's School Library Month 2013. What are you doing to highlight your library and its services? Have you seen this calendar, 30 Days And 30 Ways to Celebrate and Share by Jennifer LaGarde?
Celebrate Screen Free Week April 29-May 5, 2013 I wonder how many people can stay committed. It might be easier for those of us who have spent more of our lives screenless.
Have you entered Nate the Cat's Singing School Competition yet? What are you waiting for?
I am so glad that Mr. Schu posted this interview with 2013 Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown.
This video is to celebrate School Library Month and to honor all those teacher librarians who read this post each week. Truthfully, it really touched my heart.
All kinds of treats await the winner of The Great Lemonade War Contest!
John Schumacher, is a teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, member of the 2014 Newbery Committee and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. We thank him for all his tweets each and every week.
To add to the fun of April Is School Library Month teacher librarian Matthew C. Winner is hosting another Shelf Challenge. Head over to his blog to get the inside scoop and turn yourself into a Weeding Warrior.
Thanks to Shawna Ford, teacher librarian and blogger at Curtis Elementary Library for this tweet.
This is very good news---Enter for a chance to win original art from PATRICIA POLACCO in a sweepstakes sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group and School Library Journal.
Here is a video of Rechenka's Eggs as shown on Reading Rainbow.
Thanks to author Patricia Polacco for these tweets and her generosity.
When a member of your PLN suggests you watch a video, you've learned to trust their judgement. Last week this TED talk, Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes, was recommended by Sarah W. , a teacher librarian who blogs at Page in Training. Thanks to Sarah.
Here is another response to the announcement about Goodreads being acquired by Amazon. It includes many facts of which you might not be aware.
Check out all the fantastic titles on this list, Voting Opens for 2013 Indies Choice and E. B. White Read-Aloud Awards.
Six Ways Libraries Can Inspire You (Photos)
Thanks to Teresa Rolfe Kravtin, SE Publisher Rep and blogger at A Rep Reading for these tweets and post.
Many resources and ideas have been listed in one spot at Alyson Beecher's blog, Kid Lit Frenzy: From Picture Books to Young Adult: Reviews and More for April Is National Poetry Month. Thanks for all your work on this post and for this tweet.
To the first person who can tell me the title of one of Alyson's three favorite poetry book recommendations, I will send a copy of Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. with illustrations by Lois Ehlert. Please DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This book has been won.)
The wonder of people, their commitment to a goal or an idea never ceases to amaze---Neveah Mosher, 13-Year-Old From The South Bronx, Reads Over 300 Books A Year (Video)
Thanks to HuffPost Books for this tweet.
To honor National Poetry Month Greg Pincus is hosting his 30 Poets/30Days. Don't miss this!
Thanks to Greg, screenwriter, author and blogger at GottaBook for this tweet.
The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids' Books is over. The Big Kahuna Match: Between The Fault in Our Stars, No Crystal Stair and Code Name Verity. Frank Cottrell Boyce has spoken.
Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.
Author Carolyn Starr Rose, part of the Spellbinders group of writers, has been conducting a series of interviews with Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer. The link to all three is here.
It's all about poetry on her blog this month; a fantastic array of articles by all kinds of people.
Many thanks to Carolyn Starr Rose for these tweets.
In case you missed the Presidential read-alouds---Books On Film: President Obama Reads Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Thanks for this tweet and post goes to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes.
Here's a great article on El dia de los ninos, El dia de los libros, Children's Day, Book Day which will be celebrated on April 30th.
Thanks to author Cynthia Leitich Smith for this tweet.
Summer Reading Challenge again. Our middle school has done this before with success.
Thanks to Scholastic Teachers for this tweet.
Twitterverse responded to a request by author Adam Lehrhaupt for their favorite picture books. His compiled list is here. To the first person who can tell me one of Adam's current fifteen favorite picture books I will send a copy of Gone Fishing: A Novel in verse by Tamera Will Wissinger with illustrations by Matthew Cordell. Please DM me the answer on Twitter or in the comments below. (This title has been won.)
Thanks to Adam for this tweet and list.
Don't forget to remember School Lunch Superhero Day! Jarrett J. Krosoczka has all kinds of good ideas on his page.
Thanks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka for this tweet and this special day.
Here is the Poetry Activity Kit 2013 compiled by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt courtesy of a tweet from Paige, a librarian.
Print this and post it----Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students You can't argue with the facts.
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at The Adventures of Library Girl and 2012 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, Jennifer LaGarde, for this tweet.
Xena was super excited to see this tweet come up on my feed---Dog Gone! Teacher's Guide, Coloring, Activities and More Remember National Pet Month is in May.
Thanks to author/illustrator Leeza Hernandez for compiling this resource and for the tweet.
Thursday afternoon the outpouring of tweets at the passing of Roger Ebert were numerous. He will be be sorely missed by all. Educator, author and blogger at Mr. Hankins is Reading and Writing in Kentuckiana, Paul Hankins, tweeted about this video. It is very moving and inspirational.
This is a collection of quotes, thoughts and laughs for the week. Enjoy.
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) March 29, 2013
"My hope when I begin a new book is that it will open up the world a little bit for my readers." -Barbara Kerleyslj.com/2013/03/books-…
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) March 30, 2013
This week, I am proud to report, I read below my reading level numerous times. And I read at level. And I read above level. My CHOICE.
— Paul W. Hankins (@PaulWHankins) March 30, 2013
Mose says:"I love you more than salt."
— LaurelSnyder (@LaurelSnyder) March 30, 2013
My daughter says somebody should invent gloves that light up in the dark, for deaf people.
— Dan Gutman (@DanGutmanBooks) March 30, 2013
Found a call to readers on the back of the bag of Laffy Taffy jelly beans. Pretty cool shout to Roald Dahl. #godahl twitter.com/mentortexts/st…
— Jen Vincent (@mentortexts) March 31, 2013
"Evidence suggests that light reading provides the competence & motivation to continue reading & to read more demanding texts." (@skrashen)
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) March 31, 2013
"The greater the emphasis that is placed on performance and grades the less students are motivated to read (Lenters, 2006).
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) March 31, 2013
"Easter Sunday in the Park With George." Sometimes when I'm bored, I decoupage unsuspecting eggs. twitter.com/JohnJBonk/stat…
— John J. Bonk (@JohnJBonk) March 31, 2013
Happy Easter, PEEPS! twitter.com/msvanlieshout/…
— Maria van Lieshout (@msvanlieshout) March 31, 2013
Breaking news. You heard it here first. twitter.com/SandyBoynton/s…
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) April 1, 2013
"Books sing sweeter in an Indie." - @amedyckman mrschureads.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-d…
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) April 1, 2013
Started off Poetry Month by reading from LOVE THAT DOG by @ciaobellacreech . By the end, students were ALL writing poems. That's MAGIC.
— Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) April 1, 2013
Long story short: You can't use hummus as spackle.
— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) April 1, 2013
A book flowcart justifying why I should buy a book - fabulous pinterest.com/pin/5355068304…
— Beth Shaum (@FoodieBooklvr) April 2, 2013
Animals have their own languages, and perhaps an ability to tell stories. But only humans can make books.
— jane Yolen (@JaneYolen) April 2, 2013
Happiness is a good book. Joy is sharing it with someone.
— Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) April 2, 2013
Today a young student was so impressed at how skillfully I raised the blinds that he suggested I leave the LMC and become a blind raiser.
— Donna K. (@akgal68) April 4, 2013
WWOW: A writer brings along not just personal baggage to a story but steamer trunks. The reader does, too. Between them they make the tale.
— jane Yolen (@JaneYolen) April 4, 2013
Whenever I finish a writing workshop, I say a little silent thank you to all the teachers of the world.
— Barbara O'Connor (@barbaraoconnor) April 4, 2013
Student comment, "I like magazines, but not as much as books. Magazines are for down time, books are for all time." #lovemyjob
— Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) April 4, 2013