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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Twitterville Talk #110

One word, just one word sums up Twitter this week---busy.  Educators are constantly talking about their latest books read, curriculum changes for next year, how to integrate technology into their classrooms and so much more.  Summer may be a time for renewal and reflection but for most it's a continuation of constant PD.  Some of the conversations between authors and illustrators are downright hilarious but also give readers a chance to get to know them better.  I hope everyone had a great week.  Rest up this weekend. Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

One of the most important things to continually stress is copyright, being sure to seek permission if necessary and most certainly to give credit when it is due.  Here is A Fabulous Flow Chart On How Students Should Use Images From The Web.

Have you seen these really cute pictorial Top Ten Reasons Reading Is Better Than Watching TV

Did you miss this four-part interview series with Donalyn Miller?  Here's the link for all four.

5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Read This Summer (It's not too late!)

Many thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at The Styling Librarian, Debbie Alvarez, currently working in a school library in Hong Kong for these tweets.

The Nerdy Book Club is looking for pictures of you reading on your vacation.  Follow the link for more information.  The due date is August 23, 2013.

I begin, end and as often as possible in between, my days with reading.  To not be able to read would be hard.  In this Nerdy Book Club post Franki Sibberson reflects on A Life Without Reading.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for these tweets.

Mr. Schu has discovered that the Filmed Version of Broadway's Shrek Will Be Available in October.  

Lucky for us many outstanding illustrators were interviewed by Betsy Bird on the evening of the Caldecott Newbery Wilder banquet. Here is one of the videos.  For all the videos follow this link to Jim Averbeck presents The Kidlit Red Carpet

I don't know about you but after I read this blog post at author illustrator Bill Thomson's site, I placed an order.  His first solely created book, Chalk, continues to be a huge hit with readers.

The countdown has begun for Children's Book Week.

Are you signed up for International Dot Day?  Do you have your resources ready?

From one of our most respected and cherished authors, Mem Fox, read and post these words of wisdom. Ten read-aloud commandments

Get ready for Banned Books Week!  It's coming in September.

Are you ready for the book trailer blitz?

One of the most interesting things to do either before or after reading a book is to gain insight into the author's or illustrator's research behind why they did what they did.  Read Crawling Inside Stories in China by Lenore Look.

Remember September is Library Sign-Up Month.  Follow links here and here for information and ideas.

This is a tribute to beloved author/illustrator Simms Taback.

Sending huge thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2014 Newbery Award Committee member, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club team and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.

Did you know there is a Calvin and Hobbes Documentary Coming in November?  You do now.  Don't forget to watch it!

Thanks to author Tara Lazar (The Monstore) for this tweet.

Guess what fans of The Hunger Games?  There's a new movie trailer for Catching Fire!

The next #virtualbookclub chat on Twitter will be August 5, 2013.  The discussion will revolve around Holly Black's book, Doll Bones.  The time is 8:00 PM EDT.

To view the archives of the latest chat for Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff follow this link.

Check out these 16 Of The Best Opening Lines From Children's Books
To the first person who can tell me the title of the book in which the first line is found I will send you a copy of Flight of the Last Dragon by Robert Burleigh with illustrations by Mary GrandPre.
Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Daydream Reader, Niki Ohs Barnes for these tweets.

File this article under the category of you've-got-to-be-kidding, A better story than J. K. Rowling's

Thanks to author Matthew Cody (Powerless) for this tweet.

Don't forget tomorrow night #titletalk begins at 8:00 PM EDT.  The topic this month is kicking off the reading year.  This chat is moderated by Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller.

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, educator and author of The Book Whisperer:  Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and the soon to be released Reading in the Wild:  The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, for this tweet.

There are now four free podcasts for your listening enjoyment available at Let's Get Busy by Matthew C. Winner.  The most recent is an interview with author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.  There is an upcoming interview with author Ame Dyckman in the works.

Thanks to Matthew C. Winner, teacher librarian, 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, and blogger at The Busy Librarian for this tweet.

It's never to early to mark dates for 2014---School Lunch Superhero Day

Thanks to author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka for this tweet.

For the very first time JFK Library releases Hemingway scrapbooks

Thanks to educator Jane Garver for this tweet.

Here are some quick and simple ideas for integrating technology into the classroom on the very first day of school.  Technology Ideas for the First Day of School:  Video Walk and More

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Neverending Search, Joyce Valenza for this tweet.

I've seen Vines popping up all over Twitter. There are some great ideas here---15 Cool Ways Libraries Can Use Vine to Create Social Videos
To the first person who can name one of the top five suggestions on this list I will send a copy of King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel.  Send me your answer via DM on Twitter or in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Donna Baumbach, former EdTech/Media professor at UCF, for this tweet.

Here's another intriguing book trailer for When The Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

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

I love these feel-good kind of stories that lead to books---A Different Kind of Dog Run Leads to a Book Deal.  My students really enjoy reading true stories. (Plus Xena made my post this.)

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

Are you looking for inspiration to begin a classroom blog?  Look no further than this video.

Thanks to educator, blogger at JoeWoodOnline and writer, Joe Wood, for this tweet.

As people start to make plans to go back to their classrooms, here are some idea for creating reading nooks. 21 Cozy Makeshift Reading Nooks

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet.

Author illustrator Monica Carnesi (Little Dog Lost) is giving away two illustrated envelopes.  Head over to her website for all the information and to discover the reason why she's doing this.  Plus I think this might be a good literacy activity.

Thanks to author Ame Dyckman for this tweet.

Don't forget all the wonderful resources at Start With A Book.  There are so many ideas not only for summer reading but all year long.  This link focuses on Flight.
To the first person who can tell me which title on this list is illustrated by Caldecott Award winning Brian Selznick, I will send a copy of Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bit with words by Nick Bromley, pictures by Nicola O'Byrne.  Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks for the tweet goes to Reading Rockets.

You just never know where all the writing you do will take you. Pair Of Elementary School Girls Get Publishing Deal For Their Little Book Of Rules

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

This past week Carrie Gelson, educator in Vancouver, BC and blogger at There's a Book for That blogged about Wonder Inducing Read Alouds.  It's a wonderful resource.

Thanks to Carrie Gelson for this tweet and post.

There are loads of helpful articles, hints and more about Skype visits at The Scoop on Skype

Thanks to Cathy Potter, teacher librarian and blogger at The Nonfiction Detectives for this tweet and for sharing her LiveBinder.

I see the purchase of a video game in my future---Neil Gaiman Video Game: 'Wayland Manor' Announces Fall 2013 Release

Thanks to HuffPostBooks for this tweet.

Here's another good article about blogging in the classroom, Blogstitute Week 6:  Capture student thinking and learning with a classroom blog

Thanks to author Kate Messner for this tweet.

Now all of the Celebri-Dots can be seen in one place on their very own Pinterest board.

Thanks to Terry Shay, educator, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ On a Journey for this tweet.

Well you won't see this on the fashion runway every day, a dress made from the pages of a book.

Thanks to author R. L. Stine for this tweet.

Here's one of this week's videos to celebrate We Believe In Picture Books! Tom Angleberger!

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

Here my collection of favorite quotes, tweets from the week, a couple from an online virtual book club chat about Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff plus a short story comprised of tweets sent by an author one evening.


  1. Wow. Thanks for all the links. I have no patience for twitter or most things that involve being on the computer, so I miss some cool stuff. I need to use book trailers more once my library gets an LCD projector!

    1. You're most welcome. I'm so glad you found some of the links helpful. Once we got a Smartboard in the library it was wonderful to add book trailers to our booktalks. Enjoy the rest of your summer and here's to reading!

  2. Thank you for mentioning my illustrated envelopes giveaway, much appreciated!

  3. You're welcome, Monica. We loved Little Dog Lost. I even bought a copy for my personal collection. I can't wait to see your new book.