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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Twitterville Talk #135

The best part of winter is snow storms followed by snow days.  For readers it equals more time to spend in the worlds created by authors and illustrators.  It also means time to chat with your PLN on Twitter.  It can mean taking a moment or two to follow a conversation, usually humorous between authors or illustrators or both.  May your weekend be wonderful.  Take time for reading and make sure to look for the giveaways.

Let's start this post off with 15 Things That Happen When You're a Speed Reader.  How many of these apply to you?

I guarantee you will never forget visiting this place.  It's been fifty years and I still remember.  Cool Bookish Places:  The Library of Congress

In case you might need some help---How I'm Repairing My Reading Habits

Thanks to Book Riot for these tweets.

Who wouldn't want to travel to these places?  Fans of Harry Potter are already buying tickets.  Hogwarts Travel Posters

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

There's Snow much happening at the Van Meter Library.  Check out all their activities perfect for wintry fun.

Let's keep it together---What Are Librarians In The Digital Age?

Thanks to Shannon Miller, teacher librarian and blogger at the Van Meter Library Voice, for these tweets and for sharing her activities.

According to this post, Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool you can never teach copyright enough.  I would have to agree.

Thanks to Gwyneth Jones, teacher librarian, Library Journal Movers & Shakers, and blogger at The Daring Librarian for this tweet.

Make sure you have your calendar marked and post-it notes hanging about to remember January 27, 2014 as the date for The 2014 Youth Media Awards Press Conference.

Are you ready to see what's up next?  Sit back and enjoy these trailers and videos.

There are plenty of resources here.  Martin Luther King Jr.:  Everything You Need

The excitement continues to grow for our new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo.  How Do Stories Connect Us?  A Q & A with National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo  Kate DiCamillo Sworn in at the Library of Congress

Get the latest updates---Presentations and Interviews from the 2013 National Book Festival

You might want to make sure you have one or more of these titles on hand---Presidents' Day | Books for Celebration and Study

Look at the titles nominated for the Sakura Book Award.  This is an award in Japan were the voters are children.

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.

Did you miss the #titletalk chat last Sunday?  Never fear.  Follow the links in these tweets.

This looks like something new you might want to try to expand your reading goals, Reading Bingo Challenge 2014.

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet.

I can't think of a better conversation than between two Caldecott Medalists, Chris Raschka and Jon Klassen:  A Caldecott Conversation.

It's still kind of hard to wrap my mind around the idea of 3-D printers but look at this---The World's First 3-D Printed Book Cover

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

When this appeared in my feed, I could hardly wait to watch it.  Tim Federle Previews 'Five, Six, Seven, Nate!' With A Quirky New Trailer.

Thanks to HuffPostBooks for this tweet.

Have You Voted?  Heeere's the Voting Schedule  It's that Mock Caldecott time of year.
To the first person who can tell me the top title on the longlist I will send a copy of Whale Shines: An Artistic Tale by Fiona Robinson. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to The Horn Book for these tweets. 

This is an important article for teacher librarians---Library Signage Advice

Thanks to Naomi Bates, teacher librarian and blogger at YA Books and More, for this tweet.

Get ready for a great time.  The latest podcast is---Let's Get Busy with Charise Harper

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.

Hopefully you watched the video in Twitterville Talk #134.  Here is a follow-up article in School Library Journal, Kid Lit Authors Review Their Worst Reviews

Thanks to author illustrator Matthew Cordell (Another Brother, hello! hello!) for this tweet.

They've been announced!  The Cook Prize 2014 Finalists  This award is for the best STEM picture book. (Congratulations, Melissa!)

Thanks to author Melissa Stewart (No Monkeys, No Chocolate) for this tweet.

In case you missed it---Exclusive book trailer reveal: 'Dangerous' by Shannon Hale

Thanks to author Shannon Hale (Princess Academy) for this tweet.

It was in the Twitter feed again and again---TED Launched TED-ED Clubs For Schools

Thanks to Donna Macdonald, teacher librarian, technology integrationist, VSLA board member and ISTE SIGLIB president-elect, for this tweet.

You might want to read this great new article in The Digital Shift, Animation Made Easy:  The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Have many of the books on this list have you read?  Will you participate?  Notable Children's Books-2014 Discussion List

Thanks to the Association for Library Service to Children for this tweet.

It's back!  Battle of the Kids' Books  Who do you think will win each round?  And the 2014 Contenders Are...

Thanks to the Battle Commander for this tweet.

Don't miss this opportunity to win monies for your classrooms---The 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants Call For Proposals

Thanks to Julie Danielson, author, weekly writer for Kirkus and blogger at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for this tweet.

If you missed the #SharpSchu Book Club chat on Wednesday the archive is here.

Most people remember February 14th as Valentine's Day but Do You Know What February 14th Is? Other Than That

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

If you are a fan of the mystery genre, you will probably be interested in 2014 Edgar Award nominees announced
To the first person who can name one of the five Best Juvenile titles I will send a copy of Water in the Park: A Book about Water and the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins with illustrations by Stephanie Graegin.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to author Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity) for this tweet.

Mark your calendars---Multicultural Children's Book Day is Coming January 27th!  This is a terrific blog post recommending some excellent titles.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Here are some of the special quotes and tweets of the week courtesy of Xena and myself.

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