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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Twitterville Talk #131

There were many happy tweets this week about students taking lots of books home for the winter break.  These were followed by even more tweets yesterday by people anxious to begin reading, relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.  I wish you all the happiest of holidays, safe travels and lots of time to read.  Enjoy your weekend.  Look for the giveaways.

Do you have all your shopping for the holidays done?  I might start carrying a pocket watch if I could have one of these, 10 Bookish Pocket Watches

What do you think of this?  The Library Designed Like A Bookstore

Thanks to Book Riot for these tweets and posts.

This thoughtful article bears reading, Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1

Did you participate in the Hour of Code?  This teacher librarian did; Hour of Code week

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at The Library Fanatic, Sherry Glick for these tweets.

If you are looking for ideas for centers in your educational space, how about one of these---21 Incredible Maker Ed Kits For Learning

Thanks to Ben Gilpin, elementary principal and blogger at The Colorful Principal for this tweet.

If you are looking for excellent nonfiction titles, consider a visit to the YALSA Nonfiction Award site.  The current nominations are listed as well as past winners.
To the first person who can tell me one of the five 2014 finalists, I will send a copy of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

The possibilities are nearly endless when you consider the items listed here.  Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Now this is my kind of news, 5 Studies Showing Why Reading Is Healthy

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, teacher, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at Donalyn Miller for these tweets.

Let's jump right in, set back and relax with the book trailers for the week.

There are new additions every week, 2013 Best Books Lists

I've read four books on this list, Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books for Youth: 2013.  How about you?

I really, really like this video.  There are so many great book suggestions shown here.

Stay up to date with the latest postings: Presentations and Interviews from the 2013 National Book Festival

Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, co-host of the monthly #SharpSchu Book Club, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.

He's gathering in the best of the best pictorial data---December's Infographics & Interactives Galore-Part One and The Best Infographics of 2013--Part Two

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo, educator and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... , for these tweets.

This is a pretty interesting infographic, Social Media--A History.  The speed of change is incredible.

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

I'm sure many people are very eager to get a copy of Laurel Snyder's new title, Seven Stories Up.  She has made the first chapter available here.

Many thanks to author, Laurel Snyder (Bigger Than a Breadbox) for this tweet and post.

Artist Alex Scheffler is highlighted in their Read Every Day campaign.  It includes a video of him discussing his work and another of him reading a book he has illustrated.

Thanks to Scholastic for this tweet and post.

I enjoy reading the post every single day at Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac.  She has written a post on the International Reading Association Reading Today Online site, Future Classics for Your Classroom.
To the first person who can tell me the first title listed under picture books, I will send a copy of Penguin Cha-Cha by Kristi Valiant.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to the International Reading Association for this tweet.

I could not go without listing Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year's Best Books about Pets and Animals

Thanks to Brain Pickings for the tweet and post.

Don't forget to listen to the newest podcast, Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Nick Bruel

Thanks to Matthew C. Winner, elementary library media specialist, co-founder of #levelupbc, Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2013 Tech Leader and blogger at The Busy Librarian for this tweet.

Each year she takes a beloved character from her books and he makes an appearance on greeting cards, A history lesson:  12 Sock Monkey cards on 12/12/12

Thanks to author illustrator Cece Bell (Crankee Doodle) for this post and this tweet.

Have you see this?  Bluebird is set to music.

Thanks to author illustrator Bob Staake for this tweet and his book, Bluebird.

Two kidlit gurus make a list you had better check twice, 20 Of The Best Children's Books of 2013

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

Do you use any of these sites?  What sites might you add to this list?  20 Excellent Websites That Make Your Children Smarter

Thanks to Michael Carton, educator and blogger at Michaels Read, for this tweet.

I found this article informative and fascinating, "Saving Mr. Banks" But Throwing P. L. Travers Under The Bus.

Thanks to Anita Silvey, author and blogger at Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac, for this tweet.

For many years an author's or illustrator's name with be only text on a book, but sometimes, magically, you get to meet them in real life.  That connection makes all the difference, as it did for me this past summer.  That's why this essay by Loren Long is special.  Memory of My Dad at Christmas

Thanks to author illustrator Loren Long (all the Otis books) for this post and this tweet.

I don't know how he does it, but this is an amazing post, 2013 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

Thanks to Travis Jonker, elementary school librarian, 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member, amd blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this post and this tweet.

Make sure you set aside under seven minutes to listen to and view this video.  It is important to the educational future of your students. School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

Thanks to Donna Baumbach, former edtech/edmedia professor at UCF in Orlando for this tweet.

Here's another list for the year of 2013, 100 Magnificent Children's Books 2013

Thanks to author Linda Urban (The Center of Everything) for this tweet.

In case you may have missed any of the JJK The Book Report podcasts, they are archived here.

Thanks to author illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (The Lunch Lady graphic novel series) for this tweet.

To help you get in the mood even more, get cozy, sit back and listen to Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield

Thanks to author Neil Gaiman (Fortunately, The Milk) for this tweet.

This news caused quite a stir on Twitter, generated many, many tweets and made many, many more people happy. Harry flies into the West End: J. K. Rowling to co-produce magical new stage play based on her best-selling books

Thanks to Kidsmomo for this tweet.

If you are still looking for the right book for the right reader, you might consider
14 Amazing YA Books With Inspirational Heroines
To the first person who can tell me the top title on this list, I will send a copy of When It Snows by Richard Collingridge.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet.

I think these posts are fantastic---Kid Lit Authors, Illustrators Share Their Holiday Memories with SLJ

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Here is the collection of fun-filled, thoughtful tweets I've collected this week.  Xena, the Warrior Princess, has definitely been one busy pup.  I blame it on the full moon.

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