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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Twitterville Talk #87

The information and conversation is constant; much like an international chat room.  This week something wonderful happened because of Twitter.  The fifth grade students in our school had a surprise Skype visit with Tom Angleberger.  You can read about it here.    That's what connecting with like-minded people on Twitter can do in a matter of minutes.  I hope you all had a good week.  Enjoy your weekend.  Take time for reading and look for the giveaways.

In case you missed it, don't forget to mark your calendars for the #SharpSchu book club on February 20th at 8PM EST.  It's going to be an evening talking about books written by esteemed author, Laurel Snyder.  Get all the information at this link.

Are you ready to celebrate Children's Book Week (May 13-19) or vote in the Children's Choice Book Awards (March 19)?  Get all the facts here.

This is great news for fans of the 2012 Caldecott Honor winner written and illustrated by John Rocco--
Weston Woods to Create Blackout Animation.

This looks really interesting---An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet

Please don't miss looking at this amazing list of books---The Literary Equation:  USBBY's Outstanding International Books connect kids worldwide

In case you need to use the ALA Youth Media Award videos for an author study, they are all here.

Just in time for everyone getting snow and more snow and still more snow; the perfect video.

Don't tell Xena but I had to put this video in here.  Dav Pilkey is a master.

Perfect for anytime but especially for February, Why Can't We Be Friends?: Tales of the Heart

 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday celebration links here, here and here.

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

Candlewick Press continues their year long video celebration of We Believe In Picture Books this week with a video by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.  Thanks to them for this tweet and all the videos we've been enjoying.

This is an infographic worth a look---Libraries Are Forever: E-Books & Print Books Can Coexist

Thanks to Justin Menard, Business Intelligence Senior Analyst at the University of Ottawa, for this tweet.

File this under---Who knew?  Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney can be read online here.

Thanks go to Crystal Brunelle, teacher librarian and blogger at Reading Through Life for this tweet.

Maurice Sendak's final book, a tribute to his brother, Jack is discussed here---NPR Morning Edition, Sendak's 'Brother's Book': An Elegy, A Farewell Listen and read.

Sad news---Diane Wolkstein, Children's Author Who Spurred a Storytelling Revival, Dies at 70

Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson to Star in 'The Book Thief' Movie

Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for these tweets.

Are you gearing up for the School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books 2013?  Here is your down-loadable poster in PDF.  And here is where the judges will be listed and announced.
To the first two people who can name the title of the book battling against The One and Only Ivan in the comments or by DM on Twitter I will send them a copy of Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman with illustrations by Dan Yaccarino. (Both copies have been won.)

Say yes to librarians---The Art of the Caldecott: At 75, the powerful award keeps proving the value of librarians' expertise

Thanks to School Library Journal for these tweets.

Hard to believe it, but Amelia Bedelia is celebrating 50 years.  10 Amelia Bedelia-isms

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

In case you missed the Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm webinar at Brain Burps, here is the archive link.  Babymouse fans will be happy.

Thanks to Katie Davis author/illustrator and host of Brian Burps for this tweet.

One of the first stories I learned to tell from my heart's memory was The Crane Wife, a Japanese folktale.  Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls, has written an adult book titled The Crane Wife.  If you follow this link you can read the first chapter.  I can hardly wait for the release of this book.

Thanks to Patrick Ness for this tweet.

The third title in the Infinity Ring series was released this week.  I truly enjoyed the first title, A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner (reviewed here) plus the game.  I now have to catch up and read Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan and The Trap Door by Lisa McMann.  Follow this link to the series site.

Thanks to author Matt de la Pena for this tweet.

If you are looking to listen to stellar audio books, this is the list for you---Award Winning Audio Books 2013
To the first person who can name the final title on this list in the comments or by DM on Twitter I will send them a paperback copy of Endangered by Eliot Schrefer.

Thanks to author, Jo Knowles for this tweet.

There are many tweets from the meeting of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators this past weekend.  So many important statements from the best.  Enjoy the other quotes and thoughts gathered.


  1. I sent a DM to win Boy + Bot! Ivan is vs No Crystal Stair!
    More importantly though, twitterville Talk is full of awesome links and thinking once again! Thanks for writing it!

    1. You're most welcome, Amy. Glad you were able to win a copy of that delightful book.