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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Twitterville Talk #133

Holiday wishes switched to New Year tidings this week.  People are posting about their favorite reads for the year, deciding what to read in 2014 and anxious for new titles to be released.  Twitter was buzzing with plans for classrooms and professional development.  I hope this post finds everyone safe from the weather with plenty to read.  Enjoy what I've gathered.  Take time for reading.  Be sure to look for the giveaways.

Are you ready for this?  Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey are conducting a live webcast in January creating a book that you can finish as part of a contest.

Octavia Spencer speaks about the importance of libraries.

Seven very special things are happening in the world of children's literature in January.  What are they?

This book has and will continue to delight readers, Open This Little Book.  Have fun watching this video.

Do you have your calendar marked for the next #SharpSchu Book Club?

You might want to add some of these titles to your TBR pile---Walking in a Winter Wonderland|Great Books for Snowy Days
To the first person who can tell me the titles of the five books I have reviewed on this list, I will send a copy of Patricia Polacco's The Blessing Cup.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

The  2013 Best Books Lists has been updated.

This will be the year for the silver screen to shine the spotlight on the world of children's literature---Page to Screen: A Year's Worth of New Adaptations

It's interesting to see some of your favorite books become animated.

Not only was this a wonderful announcement by a member of the committee but there are plenty of resources for the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature,  Congratulations, Kate DiCamillo!

This may be short but you have to love the answers.

Fortunately for us this list keeps getting updated, Presentations and Interviews from the 2013 National Book Festival

The 2013 I Love My Librarian Award Winner

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.

I just love when these studies are posted---Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel'

Thanks to author Lisa McMann (The Unwanteds) for this tweet.

This is what happens when an author/illustrator goes walking on a beach---Composing a Beach Portrait

Thanks to author illustrator Ashley Wolff (Baby Bear Counts One) for this tweet.

If you happen to be looking for labels, then this is the blog post for you, Launching lovely little labels (way more than eight solutions)

Words to the wise---Why ALA Needs a Code of Conduct|BackTalk

Thanks to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian and blogger at the NeverEnding Search for these tweets.

Here's yet another article on the benefit of reading and books, Doctors Are Now Prescribing Books to Treat Depression

After #titletalk last Sunday, Donalyn made available the link to her SlideShare page so people could have access to her notebook and conferring forms.

Please take a moment to read this timely and spot-on post, Anne Ursu's OVER/UNDER of 2013: The Overlooked, Underappreciated Middle Grade Reader

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 their list, The Best of Book Fetish 2013.

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

If you have any questions, this is the time and place to get them answered---Confused about copyright? Tweet us your questions on Jan. 7th

Thanks to Alyson Beecher, educator and blogger at Kid Lit Frenzy for this tweet.

If you have a few minutes this article makes for great reading, The Art Of Children's Literature

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

Here's the link to the latest Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Melissa Guion podcast.

Let's get connected for World Read Aloud Day! Educators are signing up to share.

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.

He, as always, states his views with eloquence---My New Year Wish

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

The 2013 Finalist have been announced. Cybils
To the first person who can tell me the top title in the Nonfiction Picture book category I will send a copy of Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart by Julie Cummins with illustrations by Malene R. Laugesen.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to Cybils for this tweet.

He will be missed but until his return we have 10 Twitter Gems From Neil Gaiman Before His Sabbatical

These were Travis's top ten posts of 2013.

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

For bookish people I think this is a fantastic idea---My 2014 Bookish Un-Boring List Reveal!

Thanks for this tweet and post go to Jen Vincent coordinator of Instructional Technology, teacher-NBCT and blogger at Teach Mentor Texts.

There's something new for the fans of I'm Bored.  It's a Teacher's Guide.

Thanks to illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi for this tweet.

This gives an overall view of titles and how many times they have found a place on a list, 2013 Best Books Overlap

Here's an interview of interest, SLJ Talks to National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata

What is Genius Hour?  On being more genius

2013: a round-up of wrap-ups

Thanks to School Library Journal for these tweets.

Cure your curiosity with this infographic---How A Printed Book Becomes A Digital eBook

Thanks to Kevin Hodgson, educator, tech liaison with the Western Mass Writing Project and blogger at Kevin's Meandering Mind, for this tweet.

Changes are happening.  7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014

Thanks to Heather Moorefield, education librarian at Virginia Tech and chairperson of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching & Learning committee, for this tweet.

Do you think this is true?  6 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2014

Thanks to Edudemic for this tweet.

You can never be too careful.  Are Your Students Digitally Safe? 15+ Resources

Thanks to Oakland Schools for this tweet.

There really is a right book for the right reader at the right time.  Finding it may come when you least expect it.  Her Right Book by Gigi McAllister
To the first person who can tell me the title and author of the right book from the essay, I will give a copy of Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Please take a moment to read this article written by Walter Dean Myers, Functional Literacy for All

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

I reviewed a wonderful book here on the blog last year, Happy Birthday, Tree!: A Tu B'Shevat Story by Madelyn Rosenberg.  This week she shared more resources with us, The Birthday of the Trees!

Thanks to author Madelyn Rosenberg (The Canary in the Coal Mine) for this tweet and post.

This discussion will probably never be over but what do you think?  Editorial: Books for the Ages

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

Do not miss this interview! Jon Klassen on children's stories and stealing hats

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

Let Harry Potter fans rejoice!  A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website that looks just like the real UK government site.

Thanks to author Jennifer Nielsen (The False PrinceThe Runaway King) for this tweet.

Xena and I (yes, I've given her free reign over my keyboard) may have gone overboard with these quotes, fun tweets, celebratory greetings and excitement over the New Ambassador of Young People's Literature, but we promises to scale back for next week.  Thanks for stopping by the blog.


  1. So many gems! Thank you for this post! I'm becoming a faithful reader!

    1. Thank you Annie for your kind words. I'm so glad you find this helpful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.