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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Twitterville Talk #85

For many in the United States this past week bitter cold and snow was the name of the game, but Twitter was red hot with resources about books, reading, writing, libraries and technology trends.  Enjoy my wrap-up, look for the giveaways and take time for reading.

Remember the American Library Association Youth Media Awards will be announced starting at 8:00 AM PT  The link for the free, live webcast is here.

Let's start this week off with an amazing piece of innovative technology.  Sometimes I feel like I'm living on the set of The Jetsons.

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Thanks to Heather Moorefield, Education Librarian at Virginia Tech and former chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning for this tweet.

I never tire of looking at all the beautiful buildings designed to house libraries--11 Beautiful Libraries from Around the World

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet.

There are numerous blog posts each week highlighting, inspiring and urging us all to be better at what we do and who we are.  For whatever reason this week I feel the need to share more than one of them.
This first one was on The Nerdy Book Club blog.  READING IS DUMB. THERE, I SAID IT.  This post is written by Christopher Lehman, author of books for teachers and Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

Thanks to The Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Do watch this video, Their Stories Change the World: Voices from LitWorld LitClubs Around the World.  LitWorld is the organization behind World Read Aloud Day held this year on March 6th.

Mr. Schu gives his very special twist (resources) to the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners.

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

I just can't resist sharing this unique bookshelf with all my book loving friends.  Squaring Movable Bookshelf by Sehoon Lee

Thanks to Tarcher/Penguin for this tweet.

The 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries There are amazing titles on this list in all the categories including the winners, honors and notables.

Thanks to author, Joanne Levy (Small Medium at Large) for this tweet.

In the world of poetry this news is huge. Carl Sandburg Poem Discovery:  University of Illinois Archives Turn Up Previous Unknown Work

This might be one of those bookstores I could call home.  Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, PA Is Pretty Amazing

Thanks to HuffPost Books for sharing these bits and pieces of  information in these tweets.

I think time stood still for me as I read this interview between two Caldecott Medal Award winners, Erin E. Stead and Chris Raschka: A Caldecott Conversation.  

This interview was hosted by teacher librarian, Travis Jonker, on his blog 100 Scope Notes.  Thanks for this and your other tweets, too.

Two well-respected educators and reviewers at Booklist give us their picks for 2012---Cindy and Lynn's Best of 2012
To the first person who can tell me the three titles for picture books which appeared on both their lists by leaving a comment or sending me a DM, I will send you a copy of hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell including one of his signed bookplates.

If you don't have a plan in place for International Book Giving Day you might consider reading this post, International Book Giving Day and using the ideas presented here.  I know several classes in our building are using the process outlined in the article by Mr. Sharp.

Thanks to Colby Sharp, teacher and blogger at sharpread for this article and tweet.

I love that someone has taken the time to create these,  10 Literary Board Games for Book Nerds

Thanks to Margo Sorenson for this tweet.

What a movie this will make!  Ron Howard in Talks to Direct Disney's 'Graveyard Book' (Exclusive)

Thanks to author of Open This Little Book, Jesse Klausmeier, for this tweet.

An annual event worth waiting for by Philip C. Stead, author/illustrator and his wife, Erin E. Stead, illustrator, is the posting of their picks before the award ceremonies at ALA.  Announcing the 4th Annual Phildecott and Steadbery Awards!!!

Thanks to Julie Danielson blogger at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for this tweet.

I think this is one of the best ideas, I've read about in a long time.  A Doll's Magic, Free to Renew

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

I don't know about you but when it comes to dystopian novels, Delirium by Lauren Oliver had me hooked almost immediately.  This is a great news for her fans---Announcing The Delirium TV Series

Thanks to Lauren Oliver for this tweet and all her books.

Here is another outstanding blog post by author Linda Urban---Point of View---One Writer's Perspective

Thanks go to Linda Urban for this post and for the tweet.

And it's back---SLJ's Battle of the Kids' Books: The 2013 Contenders

Thanks to Monica Edinger, educator and blogger at educating alice for this tweet.

This is the truth. Ten Fictional Libraries I'd Love to Visit

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher-librarian currently in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian for this tweet.

To the first person who can tell me the name of the fourth library on this list (I love one particular line in this movie.  I actually cheered in the theater.) I will send a copy of Insurgent, the second title in the dystopian series by Veronica Roth. (This book has a winner.)

Many thanks for the tweet and for designing these book plates for International Book Giving Day go to Debbi Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black.

For those that study fairy tales or have students write fractured fairy tales this video might be a good introduction.
Thanks to Macmillan Kids for the tweet.  Credit for this video goes to Cale Atkinson.

The much anticipated NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children was announced Friday.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

Take note #titletalk will begin at 8:00 PM EST on Twitter tomorrow hosted by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp.  The topic this month is Using Literature to Discuss Social Issues.

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, educator and  author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child.

These are the tweets and quotes this week that caught my eye, touched a personal belief or made me laugh.


  1. The fourth fictional library on the list is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities Library! @bookdiva414

  2. Margie,
    The three titles on both lists are Z is for Moose, And Then it's Spring, and A Home for Bird. Ashley S. @Beehive301