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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Twitterville Talk #109

There's no question about the power of Twitter as a professional development tool, a means of connecting with people all over the world but sometimes it's more.  Time and time again personal joys, frustration and sadness are shared with followers who began on one level but have shifted to another. This week saw many people sharing good announcements for readers with new publications on the horizon, #bookaday, #summerthrowdown and other challenges continuing along with the posting of pictures about summer activities and vacations.  At the center of everything though, at least with the people I follow and who follow me, is books and reading, one big swirl around this fascinating core.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.  Enjoy.  Relax.

Are you ready for the July #SharpSchu Book Club?  It will be here in eleven days.  Follow this link for all the information.

Thanks to educator, one half of the #SharpSchu team, co-host of #titletalk with Donalyn Miller, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread, Colby Sharp for this tweet.

One of the most fun, neatest blog post events is returning this August.  It's the Picture Book 10 for 10 (#pb10for10).  Follow this link for participation information.

Check out all the great links on the #cyberPD 2013 board on Pinterest.

Thanks to educator, co-host of this event and blogger at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community, Cathy Mere for these tweets.

Have you ever heard of a Tom Swiftie?  I had not either but I can see using this as a writing exercise in the classroom.  Check out the Star Wars examples on the Origami Yoda blog.

For your Saturday morning (or any day or time of the week) watch these new Mickey Mouse cartoons.

How did I miss this last week?  A Profile of Jon Klassen by Mac Barnett.
To the first person who can tell me the city and country in which Jon Klassen attended high school I will send a copy of In The Tree House by Andre Larsen with illustrations by Dusan Petricic.  DM me the answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Follow this link for a happy surprise for fans of the Origami Yoda books.  And check out this link for a video on how to fold Jabba.  

Many thanks to author Tom Angleberger for these tweets.

Several more dots were posted at Celebri-Dots this week.  Dots by Florence Minor, Hazel Mitchell, and Steve Light.

Thanks to Terry Shay, educator, college adjunct, Fablevision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ on a Journey for these tweets.

In case you missed it, the secret is out.  J K Rowling has written another book for adults, an apparent hit was released in April of this year under a pen name, Robert Galbraith.  The Cuckoo's Calling, by 'Robert Galbraith': J K Rowling's secret bestseller

Get ready to make a list, check it twice and open up your wallet, Link Du Jour: Extreme Preview: Spring 2014 Edition.  This just about shorts a circuit in my mind when you consider spring 2013 has only been over for a month.

Thanks to teacher librarian, 2014 Caldecott Medal Award Committee member and blogger at 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker for these tweets.

Nine days ago 160 plus people gathered in Battle Creek to celebrate literacy through morning and afternoon sessions at the first #nErDCampBC.  Educator and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect , Katherine Sokolowski, posted an essay about the event plus she is gathering in other posts by other participants.

Add this virtual publication to your resources for promoting reading, Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids To Love To Read!

Thanks Katherine for these tweets and this post.

I know that I will be reading this Nerdy Book Club post, Fangirl by Donalyn Miller,  over and over.  It summarizes beautifully what the reading life means to so many.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

I had no idea until I read this blog post about the making of the Disney Mary Poppins movie concerning the treatment of author, P. L. Travers.  There is a new movie being released, Saving Mr. Banks, which I intend to see.

This is a tribute to Barbara Robinson, Barbara Robinson's The Best School Year Ever

Thanks to educator and blogger at educating alice, Monica Edinger for these tweets and posts.

There is going to be a virtual book discussion about Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff on Twitter at 9:00 PM EDT on July 22, 2013.  Join in!

Thanks to educator and blogger at Daydream Reader, Niki Barnes, for this tweet.

In a tweet about Book Boot Camp a link was given to a great beginning infographic and video about the use of Twitter.

Thanks to educator Sue Sheskey for this tweet and post.  

The finalists for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award were announced this week.  Follow the embedded links for more information about the award and the revealed titles.
To the first person who can list the four finalist titles I will send a copy of Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan.  DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below.

Thanks to educator, author and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature, Teri Lesesne for this tweet.

If you are looking for a good overview, a good post, about Read for the Record day, head over to Van Meter Library Voice.  

What's All This Change About In The Library? is a chance to make your voice heard.

How many of these tools have found their way into your classroom, professional or personal life?  Region ESC Symbaloo

Thank to teacher librarian and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice, Shannon Miller, for these tweets and these posts.

Check out the 2013 Final Ballot The Harvey Award nominees.  Do you see any you have read?

Thanks to author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier for this tweet and congratulations on her nomination.

Recommended listening by fellow teacher librarian, Laura Given, is Comics Are Great! 81 Pacific Rim and the Analytic Eye, a podcast by Jerzy Drozd and Dave Roman.

Thanks to Laura Given, blogger at LibLaura5 for this tweet.

For those entertaining thoughts of hosting a Mock Caldecott election in the classrooms this year, stop by and read, Caldecott 2013 by Robin Smith.
To the first person who can tell me the top title talked about in this discussion I will send a copy of Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann.  DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to picture book guru, author, educator, and blogger at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Julie Danielson for this tweet.

Two major names in children's literature, Suzanne Collins and James Proimos talk about how they put together A Year in the Jungle.

Thanks to Scholastic for this tweet.

There are many memorable highlights from the Caldecott Newbery Wilder banquet.  Here is an interview of the Wilder Award winner, Katherine Paterson.

Here come the book trailers.  Sit back and enjoy!  Two of these made me burst out laughing.

So many of us enjoyed following Mr. Schu and his teacher librarian friend, Donna, on their #LGNE13 Road Trip.  Here is a link to the more than 900 photographs they took and for more Vines, highlights and posts follow this link.

Thank to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Newbery Medal Committee, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for another wonderful week of tweets.

You might want to print this out and hang it in your classroom---A Great Digital Citizenship Poster For Your Class

Debbie also share three outstanding videos in her Wednesday post about Simple Story Creation.

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know

Tuck away this author interview for a future author study, David Lubar.  

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

Here's another delightful addition to International Dot Day---Mark Your Mark as sung by Emma Wallace.

Thanks to WES Media Center (K-5 Media Specialist) for this tweet.

Of course, every home should have one of these!  Reading Nest

Thanks to Walden Pond Press for this tweet.

Author, Holly Black, talks about her latest title The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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

Give a listen to the latest podcast at Let's Get Busy.  It's all about International Dot Day!

Thanks to teacher librarian, blogger at The Busy Librarian, 2103 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, Matthew C. Winner for this tweet.

Great news for readers this week from the beautiful state of Maine, Julie Falatko's book is going to be published!

Thanks to Julie Falatko, author, reviewer at Katie Davis's Brain Burps and blogger at World of Julie for this tweet.

Don't forget this book challenge---Try Something New: BookDare, a Kidlit Reading Challenge

Thanks to author Adam Lehrhaupt who tweeted, posted and is hosting this challenge.

Wouldn't it be fun to incorporate at least one of these into your classroom space (or your home)?
Favorite Reading Nooks

Thanks to educatoracademic coach and blogger at Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish, Joan Young, for this tweet.

Here's another author interview, Bruce Hale, which would be a great addition to an author study.

Thanks to Mary Ann Scheuer, teacher librarian, Cybils Book App award coordinator, and blogger at Great Kid Books, for this post and tweet.

Children's literature lost another giant this past week, Marc Simont.  Here are the tweets and links about his passing.  Every time this happens our world is a little less than it was.

Here is a gathering of some of my favorite quotes and thoughts posted on Twitter for this week.


  1. I really appreciate you adding a few of my tweets to your post. I feel very honored! @rantryan

  2. You are so welcome, Ryan. It's a pleasure having such positive reading people as part of my PLN. I'm so happy you stopped by today.