Quote of the Month

When love and skill work together, expect a miracle. John Ruskin

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Twitterville Talk #79

If you are regular readers on my blog you read that this post has been delayed for a week out of a deep sadness and respect for the loss of life at Newtown.

There is never a dull moment in the fields of literature and education on Twitter.  Enjoy this week's collection.  Look for the giveaways and stay tuned for another Twitterville Talk post to follow later this afternoon.  Happy weekend and happy reading.

Now, this is what I call a wonderful seasonal sensation---Yes, Virginia, That Is The Library:  Macy's Features NYPL Among Holiday Windows

Thanks to the NY Public Library for this tweet.

After years of experience as an educator you know certain things to be true, but when you read something like this you can't help but fist pump. The Science of Storytelling:  Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

Thanks to educator Billy Spicer and blogger at Spicing Up Teaching for this tweet. 

Oh, readers one and all have known this since they could first read.  Yes, we have.  Reading 'can help reduce stress'

Author Kate Messner sent out this tweet.  Thanks.

Thousands of years old, but a cornerstone of our classic literature Aesop's Fables Interactive Book
found at the Library of Congress.

Enjoy this lovely holiday greeting from Chronicle Books.

In case you missed the #SharpSchu Book Club on December 12, 2012, Mr. Schu has gathered loads of tweets from participants who loved talking about the Lunch Lady and Babymouse graphic novels.

Many thanks to teacher librarian, blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. and Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2011,  John Schumacher.

Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, and blogger at School Library Journal, 100 Scope Notes wraps up the year 2012 Children's Lit:  The Year in Miscellanea  Travis Jonker's special insights are amazing.

Thanks for this post and this tweet.

The beauty of infographics is the amount of information presented visually and concisely.  This would be good for professional and personal reference---How to Use Creative Commons Visuals

Thanks to teacher librarian extraordinaire and blogger at School Library Journal, NeverEndingSearch, Joyce Valenza.

More incredible book sculptures make an appearance---Book Sculptures: Making Harry Potter Out Of 'Harry Potter'

Thanks to Heather Moorefield, Education Librarian at Virgina Tech and former chair of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

Here's an interesting new twist on Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Thanks to Sarah Ducharme, teacher librarian, in Budapest and blogger at Try Curiosity!

Check out the updated "Turn It Off And Read A Book" Poster (Holiday & Regular) & Bookmarks courtesy of illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.  Be sure to read her newest title, I'm Bored, written by Michael Ian Black.

Thanks for this tweet.

The complete Horn Book Fanfare from 1938 to date has been compiled.

Here is the Horn Book Fanfare 2012 annotated with book covers.

Thanks to The Horn Book for these tweets and excellent resources.

Listen and learn---Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat 

Letters From 'Peanuts' Creator Reveal Bittersweet Romance

Thanks to NPR Books for these tweets and the interviews.

To commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal---Interview:  Two-time Caldecott Winner Nonny Hogrogian

If you can tell me what part of the 75th anniversary Caldecott Medal logo represents the official children's book of Massachusetts and the title of the book, I will send you a copy of Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben, Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz and Home for Christmas by Jan Brett.

Thanks to contributing editor of the School Library Journal, Rocca Staino for this tweet.

I don't think I've ever heard of a marriage proposal quite like this before now---Illustrator Proposes Marriage in His Picture Book Debut

Thanks to Abrams Kids for this tweet.

My oh my---another work by Hans Christian Andersen has been discovered, Tallow Candle: Hans Christian Andersen's 'first work'

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

Infographic:  All You Need To Know About Kwanzaa

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo of Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... for this tweet.

These are a few of my favorite quotes and sayings from Twitter this week.


  1. Mrs Mallard and her ducklings are the characters in the 75th Caldecott logo that represent the official Mass. children's book Make Way For Ducklings.