It's always a good thing when you can look forward to sharing days of professional development with like-minded people.
Here is a video preview of the Michigan Reading Association 2014 Spring Conference.
Author Ruta Sepetys and Penguin are offering a scholarship contest for college to an aspiring writer. Watch the video for further details.
Thanks for these tweets goes to the man willing to stand on a table shouting out his love of reading, teacher Colby Sharp, co-host of the monthly #titletalk and #SharpSchu book club on Twitter, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread.
The importance of libraries as the center of schools, communities and America's national parks is discussed in this article, Greetings from America's National Park Libraries.
Many thanks to teacher, new teacher librarian and blogger at Teaching in Cute Shoes, Cynthia Alaniz for this tweet.
Here's an infographic that I found interesting, How to Increase Blog Traffic in 3 Easy Ways
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo, educator and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... for this tweet.
Here are two official book trailers for books, Latasha and the Red Tornado and Postcards from Pismo, written by Michael Scotto.
Thanks to Michael Scotto for sharing these via his tweets.
For writers, aspiring writers, those who write for fun and those who teach writing, the words of author Avi in this post are wise indeed---Catching a Book by Surprise
Many thanks to author Barbara O'Connor (and blogger at Greetings From Nowhere) for this tweet.
We are all in for a treat tomorrow night! It's that time of the month for #titletalk. The topic this month is Creating Book Buzz with Students. Make sure you are there at 8PM EDT
Thanks to educator, co-host of #titletalk with Colby Sharp and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, Donalyn Miller for this tweet.
There have been a series of posts this week, a conversation, between authors, Laura Golden (Every Day After) and Linda Urban. Please take the time to read these; many parts of which can be shared in the classroom. The links are here, here, here and here. They talk about books, reading and writing.
Sending thanks to author Linda Urban (Mouse Was Mad, Hound Dog True, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, The Center of Everything) for this tweet.
How would you like to see the cover of Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen's new book, Duck, Duck, Moose! ? How would you like to win a virtual 45 minute author visit with her? Follow this link for a chance to win.
Thanks to writer, Annie Silvestro, for this tweet.
These figures are unbelievable---15 Highest-Paid Authors in 2012
Thanks to author Jo Knowles (Living with Jackie Chan, See You at Harry's, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, Lessons from a Dead Girl) for this tweet.
Take a peek at Flavorwire: Incredible Reading Rooms Around the World. I could spend days in any one of these.
Thanks to Teresa Rolfe Kravtin, SE Publisher Rep and blogger at A Rep Reading, for this tweet.
In their continuing celebration of children's literature, We Believe In Picture Books! Candlewick Press shared this video of author Katherine Patterson. It's amazing. It was followed later in the week by Matt Tavares talking about some of the process involved in creating his books as well as Peter H. Reynolds doing the same with respect to his characters. Thanks again to Candlewick Press for this tweet.
Oh happy days! Mr. Schu, the book trailer guru, gathered some good ones this week. No surprise there. He's a master!
Here is a short video with author James Dashner talking about his evil characters.
Check out this free poster, Peter H. Reynolds Poster: Start Small. Dream Big.
Just in case you missed the most recent #SharpSchu Book Club Mr. Schu gathered all kinds of resources in one spot for you to use. Follow this link.
If you or your students are looking for a list of great books for summer reading this is the list for you. Humor That is Seriously Funny/Focus On
To the first person who can name the last book on this list I will send a copy of The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marilyn Singer with illustrations by Brian Biggs. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM via Twitter. (This title has been won.)
Have you played The Lunch Lady video game yet? What are you waiting for?
Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, co-host of the #SharpSchu Book Club, member of the 2014 Newbery Award Committee and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for all these wonderful tweets.
She has done it again. Kate Messner is gathering in donations from authors as giveaways to donors at the American Red Cross for those hurt by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Head over to her blog, Let's Help...KidLitCares For Oklahoma for more information.
Thank you, thank you, to author Kate Messner (Marty McGuire series, Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek, Eye of the Storm, Over and Under the Snow) for this tweet.
This is a pretty nifty infographic titled The Hero's Journey. It would be great to use as a visual assist.
Thanks to teacher and blogger at Maria's Melange, Maria Selke for this tweet.
And if I couldn't get to any of those special reading rooms noted above in real life I can always go to The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries on Film and TV in my dreams.
To the first person who can name the first library shown I will send a copy of Brenda Z. Guiberson's Frog Song illustrated by Gennady Spirin. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)
Thank to School Library Journal for this tweet.
The complete version of The Calendar of Tales by Neil Gaiman and you is up for all our viewing pleasure.
Thanks to author Neil Gaiman for this tweet.
In case you missed them here is the link to author Jarrett J. Krosoczka's NPR Backseat Book Club video and interview.
Thanks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka for this tweet.
The Bankstreet College of Education has released The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013 list and what a list it is. Some of my very favorite books are here.
To the first person who can name any title Xena would like on the Under Five list I will send copies of the delightful Annelore Parot's Aoki and Yumi. Please DM me your answer on Twitter or place it in the comments below. (These titles have been won.)
Thanks to Bankstreet Library for this tweet.
Here is a pretty cool video to get people excited to keep reading for the summer.
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Book Egg, Julee Murphy for this tweet.
Toward the end of the week blogger (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), author and picture book lover extraordinaire, Julie Danielson brought this article, Not All Bunnies and Birthday Cake: Experts on the State of Picture Books, to my attention. It was quickly followed by a video of the afternoon.
Thanks to Julie Danielson for this tweet.
A well known and much loved author/illustrator, Bernard Waber passed away this last week. Here are a few tweets and articles regarding his contributions to the field of children's literature.
My friend and fellow writer Bernie Waber passed away yesterday surrounded by his loving family. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile lives on.
— Seymour Simon (@seymoursimon) May 18, 2013
Bernard Waber, 1924-2013 pwne.ws/14dHO7D
— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) May 18, 2013
Author/Illustrator Bernard Waber, Lyle the Crocodile Creator, Dies at 88 | School Library Journal ow.ly/le8UC
— SchoolLibraryJournal (@sljournal) May 21, 2013
Here are but a few of the tweets regarding the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Wishing strength and condolences to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado. Disasters forge heroes; today we will hear of them.
— Marc Tyler Nobleman (@MarcTNobleman) May 21, 2013
Okla. tornado survivor finds dog buried alive under rubble cnet.co/12qrPkt via @cnet
— BarryDeutsch (@barrydeutsch) May 21, 2013
Drawing: can't stop thinking on this visual. Godspeed, Okies. twitter.com/cordellmatthew…
— Matthew Cordell (@cordellmatthew) May 22, 2013
Here are a few tweets from the technologically challenged #SharpSchu Book Club this week.
#sharpschu Claudette was a little character that I sketched constantly for years, a character in search of a story...
— Rafael Rosado (@Raf_Rosado) May 22, 2013
Sortt of ironic that I am sitting at the kitchen table on the computer talking about hello! hello! while my son is reading it. #sharpschu
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) May 22, 2013
I LOVE that @cordellmatthew hid the names of his wife and daughter in ANOTHER BROTHER (@feiwelfriends). #SharpSchu
— Ame Dyckman (@AmeDyckman) May 22, 2013
@barbkeister working on art for a pic book with my ubertalent pal, Philip Stead! Stay tuned... #sharpschu
— Matthew Cordell (@cordellmatthew) May 22, 2013
Here are some of my favorite quotes and tweets from this week.
It's not Abercrombie that outfits the coolest kids. It's their librarian.
— David Lubar (@davidlubar) May 18, 2013
When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.
— Women Of History (@WomenOfHistory) May 18, 2013
After watching the incomparable @amedyckman’s reading, the wife said, “You’re going to need to take happy pills before you do this.”
— Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) May 18, 2013
Animals. Sneezing. That is all. youtu.be/EbwvPYV1i8E
— Gerald Kelley (@GeraldKelley) May 18, 2013
It's day #6 of Children's Book Week -- read, read, read, read, read, read!!! @cbcbook
— Lisa Yee (@LisaYee1) May 18, 2013
Some things are irreplaceable. There is only one you.
— Fantasy Author (@BrianRathbone) May 18, 2013
Sometimes I wake up so excited about words and books that I can hardly stand it. Happy reading! *shoves cynical world into the corner*
— Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) May 19, 2013
I was thinking that today was a pretty lame day, but realized that a day where nothing of note happens is actually something to savor.
— Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) May 19, 2013
Quotation of the day: "I had the best year because of the school library." -2nd graders
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) May 20, 2013
I encourage my students to read-read-read. When they ask what, I respond: WHATEVER. YOU. WANT. #engchat
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) May 20, 2013
"I am sad b/c I finished Malcolm @ Midnight, & when you finish a really good, amazing, great book you feel kind of sad." --Student @whbeck
— Adam Shaffer (@MrShafferTMCE) May 21, 2013
Is running from bees considered cardio yet??
— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) May 22, 2013
From a parent today: "She's staying up late in bed reading! I could just HUG you right now!"
— Brian Wyzlic (@brianwyzlic) May 22, 2013
Every once in a while, you push a student beyond what they think they can do, and THEY JUST KILL IT. There's nothing better than that.
— Anne Ursu (@anneursu) May 22, 2013
A student chicken walked down hall when she got her author signed book chanting repeatedly, "I got my OWN boooook." :)
— Crystal Brunelle (@librarygrl2) May 23, 2013
Quotation of the Day: "Mr. Schu's superpower is reading." -2nd grader (I'm eavesdropping.)
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) May 24, 2013
"I'm reading in my brain!" said one of my Kinder friends during our book club just now. #schooljoy
— Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) May 24, 2013
4th grader, "I think I'll teach first grade when I grow up. It would be fun to inspire first graders like Sharp inspires us."
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) May 24, 2013