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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Twitterville Talk #144

Winter will not release its grip on northern Michigan.  Today the wind chills are in the single digits again with the temperatures dropping down to one or two above zero tonight and tomorrow night.  Brrr...  This makes it hard for the piles of snow to disappear.  It's a great thing so many people are heading to conferences in sunnier places tweeting about all they're learning.  Reading articles and watching book trailers about the new releases coming in the spring and summer really helps too.  I hope everyone had a good week.  Take time to relax this weekend and read...read...and read some more.  I finished A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd at 2AM this morning.  I can honestly say this book saved me this week.  Good luck with the giveaways.

Let's kick off this post with this article on a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users

What do you think of this?  Book snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

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

Last weekend the Michigan Reading Association continued their annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Part of the activities and learning were captured in a Storify, Saturday at MRA14.

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 post and tweet.

Across the board are we designing lessons following this thinking? Why It's Imperative to Teach Students to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill 

On The New York Times Sunday Review|Opinion page a timely question is asked by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Walter Dean Myers, Where Are the People of Color in Children's Books?

Biographies for Women's History Month is a great list with many resources.

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Reederama, Jennifer Reed, for these tweets and her post.

Have you registered for the Andy Griffiths Book Talk|Free Livestream Webcast?

Don't miss the additional thank you video by Aaron Becker entered this week at ALA Youth Media Awards.

Are you ready for the book trailers?  Are you ready for the author/illustrator videos?  Are you ready for books-made-into-a-movie trailers? Well, get ready because here they are!

The 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Shortlist Announced features an author from the United States. 

Get out your list!

This is a huge event, the 95th annual Children's Book Week!

Here it is!  The Official trailer for the movie, The Giver.

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.

As a presenter at the recent Michigan Reading Association conference, Donalyn Miller is making available the contents of her session, Bring On The Books 2014.

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 this tweet.

Two thought-provoking articles, Always Bridesmaids, Never Brides: Caldecott Almosts and Newbery/Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition are just the ticket to initiate discussions about the awards in your classrooms and book groups.

Thanks to Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist and blogger at A Fuse #8 Production, for these tweets.

Yahoo!  The Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway shortlists announced!

Thanks to Carnegie Greenaway for this tweet.

Lucky us!  Guess who has the guest spot on Let's Get Busy this week?  It's author illustrator Dan Santat.

Thanks to Matthew C. Winner, elementary teacher librarian, founder of #slmshelfchallenge, co-founder of #geniuscon, 2013 Library Journal Tech Leader Movers & Shakers and blogger at The Busy Librarian, for this tweet.

In case you need more fuel for the fire, The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries.

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian and blogger at The Styling Librarian, for this tweet.

It's never too early to plan How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Zone 114: The Next Chapter, SheskeyS, for this tweet.

It's Time To Vote-First Round of Picks for #GRA14  The Global Read Aloud is an amazing opportunity to create worldwide community.

Thanks to author Kate Messner (Wake Up Missing) for this tweet.

These are excellent sources, 3 Great Websites For Free Public Domain Pictures To Use In Class.

Have you see A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel For IPad Apps? 

Thanks for these tweets goes to Kate Hamilton, traveling teacher librarian.

Do not miss this wonderful article, Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children's Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society.

Thanks to Brain Pickings for this post and this tweet.

It's been an even more exciting week at School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Kids' Books.  Several other rounds have been decided, Round 1, Match 5: Hokey Pokey vs March: Book One, Round 1, Match 6: Midwinter Blood vs P. S. Be Eleven, Round 1, Match 7:Rose Under Fire vs The Thing About Luck and Round 1, Match 8:True Blue Scouts vs What The Heart Knows.

Thanks to the Battle Commander for these tweets.

2014 Indies Choice/E. B. White Read-Aloud Book Award Finalist have been announced.

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

Here are some great technology items you might want to consider if you are on spring break this week, Google Alert A Great Tool To Help Student Researchers, A Simple and Helpful Google Search Strategy for Students, and 39 Tools To Your Students Into Makers From edshelf.  

Thanks for these tweets go to Jennifer LaGarde, teacher librarian, 2012 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, ALA/NYT I Love My Librarian winner, co-founder of #levelupbc, and blogger at The Adventures of Library Girl.

Enjoy the collected quotes, announcements and links to even more book trailers.  I do believe Xena added something here too.

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