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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Twitterville Talk #62

Some of the birds have already gone south.  We actually got more than a quick storm passing through a couple of days ago; perhaps the fall rains will start soon.  Teachers and librarians have been tweeting like crazy; ideas have been flowing as preparations are being made for the upcoming school year.  Authors and illustrators continue to perfect their art and skills providing our children (of all ages) with the best kind of books to read.  Enjoy my picks of the week.  Have a wonderful weekend filled with the things you love the most; hopefully one of them is reading.

In light of the historic landing of Curiosity on Mars, enjoy this post and the voice of scientist and author, Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan's Message to Mars Explorers, with a Gentle Warning.

Thanks to Brain Pickings for this tweet.

You have to love this blend of learning and technology, QR Codes and Bottle Cap Fun.

Thanks to Jennifer LaGarde, blogger and librarian from North Carolina, found at The Adventures of Library Girl.

First Book recommends you watch this video , Don't Let Rochee Get Fired...Vote!   So do I.

Thanks to First Book for this tweet and for placing books in the hands of so many children.

Here's a list of lists, August 10 for 10: Picture Book Event Is Here 2012.  Sixty-seven participants listed their ten favorite picture books. 

Thank to Mandy Robek, blogger and educator, found at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for this huge undertaking and this tweet.  She was assisted by another blogger and educator, Cathy Mere, found at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community.

Enjoy these Caldecott Anniversary 75th Back to School Specials.

Children are so much more clever, smarter, than we give them credit for being, Fifth Graders in 1995 Video Predicted the Things We Love About the Web

Thanks to the Association for Library Services to Children for this post and tweets.

Fans of the Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, rejoice.  Here is a Pinterest board just for you created by John Schumacher.

Have you pledged to read in this year's Jumpstart campaign? Grab a copy of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad.

A must watch video is posted here regarding the final book in Lois Lowry's The Giver series.

Thanks for these tweets, Mr Schu, librarian and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read.

Mr. Colby Sharp, a fourth grade teacher in Michigan, co-founder of the  Nerdy Book Club blog and blogger at sharpread, posted Jennifer Holm is Coming earlier this week.  Yes, indeed Jennifer L. Holm is coming to their school for an author visit but what I really want you to notice is the video he has included about how he fires up his students for reading.  This friends is what it is all about.

Thanks to Mr. Colby Sharp found at sharpread for this tweet.

A massive undertaking is now ready for those who so desire, The Top 100 Lists Are Nigh. Nigh, I Say! Nigh!

Huge, gigantic thanks to Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist and blogger at A Fuse #8 Production.

Fans following and predicting the possible Newbery Award winners can join in the discussion at Heavy Medal:  A Mock Newbery Blog which will be back in action on September 4, 2012.

Thanks to the School Library Journal for this tweet.

Check out A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools.

Thanks to Richard Byrne, educator, presenter and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers.

It is with great sadness I report that we lost more wonderful authors and illustrators in the world of children's literature this week, Jean Merrill, Jose Aruego (who my Mom hosted at her school many years ago), Mollie Hunter and Remy Charlip.

Some of my favorites quotes of the week are as follows.

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