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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Twitterville Talk #132

This past week, seven whole days, vanished in a puff of holiday preparations and celebrations.  Over the past several days people have gathered together their favorites, making lists and posting for others to enjoy.  It's a good way to remember the bounty of the year and to joint down things missed.  Many tweets revolving around the holidays were previously posted at Twitterville Talk 2013 Christmas Edition.  Enjoy what I've gathered.  Relax.  Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

I don't know how I missed this last week in my saved list but it's worth marking on your calendar---Amulet Pays Seven Figures for New Middle Grade Series.  The series will be written by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell.  

Thanks to author Mac Barnett (Count the Monkeys) for this tweet.

The final artwork for their Read Every Day campaign is by Caldecott Medalist, Erin Stead.

Thanks to Scholastic for this tweet and this effort to promote reading.

Even though he's reading until his eyeballs fall out (something I say to my students whenever they leave the library) as the Newbery Medal announcement approaches, he still continues to inform his followers.

This week CLEL Announces Shortlist for 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards.  There are outstanding titles on this list.
To the first person who can tell me the final book in the Read category, I will send a copy of You're a Rude Pig, Bertie! by Claudia Boldt.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Get your list making tools handy---Macmillan Spring Kids 2014|Preview Peek

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.

The newest podcast has been released, Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Laurie Keller.

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.

I have had this book since its release.  I am definitely moving it up to the top of the stack.
Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year

Thanks to Guardian Books for this tweet and post.

The votes were cast and counted.  Now the winners are being announced at the Nerdy Book Club.
The 2013 Fiction Picture Book Winners Announced by Karin Perry

The 2013 Early Readers and Chapter Book Winners Announced by Alyson Beecher

The 2013 Nonfiction Picture Book Winners Announced by Karen Terlecky
To the first person who can tell me the top book in this list, I will send a copy of Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever---or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer with illustrations by Michael Slack.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave the answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

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 these tweets.

I have enjoyed many of the series listed in this group but have yet to read others.  This is a good list, YOU must read this! (Young Adult books are not just for teens!)

Thanks to educator, literacy adjunct instructor and co-host of #MELit Chat, Susan Dee for this tweet.

This is a very important post, Stop trying to make your kids read

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.

Here's another new best list, The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013
To the first person who can tell me the top book on this list, I will send a copy of a funny little bird by Jennifer Yerkes.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Carrie Gelson, educator and blogger at There's a Book for That, for this tweet.

Here are the best of the best, Vancouver and Montreal have world's top public libraries: Study

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

How many of these do you use in your classrooms? The Best Free Education Web Tools of 2013
To the first person who can tell me the final tool on the list I will send a copy of Maria Had A Little Llama, Maria Tenia Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below.

Thanks for sharing this resource and tweets go to Shannon Miller, teacher librarian and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice. 

No wonder it feels like there has been a tear in the fabric of children's literature---In Memoriam 2013

Here they are, School Library Journal's Top Posts of 2013

SLJ's Best Books, Top 10s of 2013 is another fantastic compilation.

I really appreciate this Top ten tech trends (expanded) by Joyce Valenza.

Thanks for these tweets go to School Library Journal.

Perhaps you can use this visual and textual listing of 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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

He might be taken a break from blogging but these two posts are great:

5 Ways for Students to Create Audio Slideshows

15 Options for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos--Including on Chromebooks

Thanks to Richard Byrne, educator, speaker and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers for this posts and tweets.

I know I need to work a little harder at this---How to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint and Your Online Identity

Thanks to Oakland Schools for this tweet.

As per usual Xena has been busy sneaking her paws on my keyboard adding her favorites to mine.  I have absolutely no control over her computer hacking.  (Authors, illustrators and PLN members love to share pet pictures.) Hope these make you happy, pause and consider and keep you informed.

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