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

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Twitterville Talk #86

More than ever I get the feeling based upon my followers and those I follow that Twitter is a gigantic, professional development, constant exchange but it is so much better.  The conversations this week were some of the best I have ever shared.  Enjoy your weekend, take time for reading and look for the giveaways.

As educators the digital culture provides us with numerous opportunities.  In the best interest of our students here is some ideas from Peter Gutierrez, educator and curriculum developer. Please Take This, Copy It, Use It, Improve It: A Digital Fandom Checklist  

It's going to start soon, School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books.  Guess what? The Brackets Revealed!

*UPDATED*Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals This includes comments and other winners as well.

This is another excellent article with respect to the awards---ALA Midwinter: SLJ Resources on the Youth Media Award Winners

Thanks to School Library Journal for posting this article and for these tweets.

This looks to be a valuable resource, New photos, videos and app shed light on Anne Frank's family life.  

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day on March 6 with this activity packet.

Many thanks to David Etkin, educator and blogger at {Eat the Book} for these tweets.

Prior to Monday's announcement The Nerdy Book Club hosted a very good post, Top Ten Things You May Not Know About The Newbery Award, relative to the selection process written by educator Monica Edinger, past member of the ALA Newbery selection committee and blogger at educating alice.  This is an invaluable resource to share with colleagues and students.

Here's another of several lists of the winners and honors of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards--Celebrating Books

Thanks to The Nerdy Book Club for these tweets.

Mark your calendars.  The next #titletalk will be February 24, 2013 8:00 PM EST

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, educator and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child for this tweet and for co-hosting the chat every month.

Here is the archive of last month's #titletalk courtesy of a tweet from Teresa Rolfe Kravtin, SE Indie Publisher Rep and blogger at A Rep Reading.

This is a special year already in so many ways but take note of A Colorful Anniversary: The Caldecott Medal Turns 75, NPR Morning Edition.

Thanks to Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director of Appleton Public Library and blogger at Waking Brain Cells for this tweet.

Here's a pictorial look at all the book covers of the Caldecott Medal Winners from 1938-2012.

Thanks to Lauren Strohecker, teacher librarian, for this tweet.

Another list was announced this week, 30 Best Children's Books of 2012 by Children's Books Guide.

Thanks to author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld for this tweet.

I really enjoyed listening to John Green's views on copyright law.  This would make for some good discussion in classrooms.  Thanks for this tweet goes to the NSHS Library in Newton, Massachusetts.

This is a great overview of the ALA Youth Media Awards, The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott and Geisel: Winners and Reactions by Travis Jonker, Michigan teacher librarian, blogger at 100 Scope Notes, attendee at the awards and a member of the 2104 Caldecott Committee.  

Thanks to Travis for this post and tweet.

For those of you unable to attend the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference or watch the live webcast of the award ceremony, it has been archived for you here.

Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. and 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, who was at this event, for this tweet and the others to follow.

Children's Book Week with a poster and bookmarks plus Children's Choice Book Awards is on the agenda.  Head over to their site.

Katherine Applegate on Winning the 2013 Newbery: 'Stunned Disbelief'  This also includes links to other winner interviews.

Here is the book trailer for Back to Front and Upside Down, the 2013 Schneider Family Award.

We all enjoyed Mr. Schu's Road Trip: Via Tweet, Video Blog and Pinterest.

Make sure you head over to Reading Rockets for their Black History Month resources.

Let's go to Chris Raschka's studio.  To the person who can name Raschka's Caldecott wins via a DM or in the comments below, I will send a copy of Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack.

This is a wonderful audio of Lewis Black reading Goodnight Moon.

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

The Association for Library Service to Children has released their 2013 Notable Children's Books list.

Many thanks to Susan Dee, educator and blogger at The Book Maven's Haven for this tweet. 

To the first person to send me a DM or leave a comment on this post naming the fourth book on the list for younger readers, I will send them an autographed copy of that book. (It's a Caldecott Honor Book.)(This book has been won.)

Author illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka has updated his activities page to include a guide to teaching with graphic novels.

Thanks for this tweet JJK.

And I have to include this post from teacher, passionate reader and blogger at sharpread, Colby Sharp.
Rewind: The One and Only Ivan 

I will never forget Monday January 28, 2013 thanks to so many people but especially to this man and his good friend, Mr. Schu.

There are so many wonderful quotes and comments this week especially those concerning the American Library Association Youth Media Awards on Monday.  I have to say that since beginning my life's work as a teacher librarian in 1973 I have never felt so attached to the awards as I have this year.  It's all because of the exchange between like-minded people and their passion for books and their love of reading on Twitter. I am very thankful.  Enjoy.


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    1. You are the first winner today, Maria. I'll try to get it out right away if it will stop snowing.