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

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Twitterville Talk #88

There is so much happening in the world but the one constant every single day on Twitter is the amazing conversations and connections with people who share similar passions.  I can't state it strongly enough or often enough.   Enjoy your weekend, take time for reading and look for the giveaways.

It's only February but so many wonderful new books have had birthdays, my pile continues to grow up and out.  But one of many titles which has brought much joy is Open This Little Book (reviewed here) by Jesse Klausmeier with illustrations by Suzy Lee.  I could not resist including this interview, Author and Illustrator Open Up About Open This Little Book, because of all the extra visuals.

This looks like lots of fun; a way to expand the reading experience.  Craft:  How to Make a Where The Wild Things Are Costume

Dav Pilkey draws up more great ideas on the benefits of reading.

It doesn't matter whether you live in the state of Illinois or not, this is a fantastic resource of titles plus extras for books in the 2014 Rebecca Caudill list located here, here and here.

What's Izik? Introducing a Swipier, Slashier Search is a review of an app for tablets that looks user-friendly and worth a try.

Kid Lit Authors, Illustrators Visit Sandy Hook Elementary School  This is wonderful.
Katie Davis covered the visit here too.

Don't forget to stop by and participate in the Books Kids Love, Part II survey.

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

For obvious reasons the buzz about the ALA Youth Media Awards (and all the award lists still being announced) is as strong as ever.  This is one of many interesting articles about Katherine Applegate, Two and one-half questions for Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant.

Courtesy of The Horn Book---Recommended love stories.  One of my favorite love stories (ending brought me to tears) of 2012 is the final one listed under Intermediate.  To the first person who gives me the title in the comments or sends me a DM on Twitter I have an extra copy of the new Lisa Graff book, A Tangle of Knots, to send them. (This book has been won.)

You don't see this every day---Fiction to Fashion ; coordinating your clothing to match your favorite books.

Thanks to The Horn Book for this interview and these tweets.

Have you marked your calendar for the #SharpSchu book club on Twitter at 8PM EST on February 20th?  This episode will be a discussion, an evening with and about author, Laurel Snyder.  Visit this link for more information.

Thanks to Colby Sharp, teacher, co-host of the book club, co-host of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread.

For the good of all our students---Know your rights! UNICEF and partners have developed an adolescent-friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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

Teacher librarian, Chris Roberts, created this Symbaloo to assist her students' parents on Internet Safety.

Many thanks to her for this tweet and for the work in creating this resource.

Book love and an interview with a Caldecott Honor winner, 2013 Caldecott children's book illustrator Peter Brown inspired by N. J. childhood

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet.

Donalyn Miller, teacher and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening The Inner Reader in Every Child has posted her latest presentation Slideshare for all to use, Learning from Lifelong Readers

Many thanks to her for her continued generosity and for this tweet.

Announcing the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Scrapbook is another great way to participate in the celebration this year but also for future reference.

Thanks to the Association for Library Services to Children for this tweet.

Courtesy of Literacyhead, Love from Literacyhead, are some activities to tuck away for next year.  I reviewed Literacyhead here.  It's a wonderful site.

Thanks to Literacyhead for these free items and for this tweet.

If you are looking for the most up-to-date data on School Library Impact Studies follow the link and read.

This certainly caught the attention of many this week and will continue to do so, A warning to college profs from a high school teacher

The 2012 Cybils Awards  To the first person, in the comments or via DM on Twitter, who can tell me the title which won in the Fiction Picture Books category, I will send them a copy of David Ezra Stein's Love Mouserella.

Many thanks to Teri Lesesne, professor and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature: pearls from the goddess for these tweets.

Handy for students, colleagues, bloggers and anyone else you know--Flickr, Explore, Creative Commons

100 Things Kids Will Miss If They Don't Have a School Librarian in Their School

Thanks for these tweets goes to teacher librarian and blogger at The Daring  Librarian, Gwyneth Jones.

Are you looking for a story stretcher for Rocket Writes A Story by Tad Hills?  Look no further than here.  His new friend Owl becomes a place to store words.

Thanks to author Tad Hills for this tweet.

Check out this list so you can Skype With An Author On World Read Aloud Day!

Thanks to author Kate Messner for this list and for this tweet.

One of the very best things about Twitter is the opportunity to witness the good-natured exchanges between author and illustrators.  Look what happened this week---It's Your Big Day, Judy Blume! Happy Birthday, Love Your Biggest Fans

This is your chance--Vote in the 2013 Kiddo Awards!

Thanks to author Tom Angleberger for these tweets.

Tuck this little gem, Peter H. Reynolds' Gift to You:  Create Your Own Plant A Kiss Seed Packet, away for next Valentine or the next time you read Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse  Rosenthal with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds.

Thanks to Terry Shay, educator and blogger at TJ on a Journey for this tweet.

This little infographic gets down to basics--5 1/2 Best Twitter Practices

Thanks to teacher JoEllen McCarthy for this tweet.

Guess who's doing the new covers for the Harry Potter books? (Clue: Amulet series)---A New Look for Harry Potter

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for this tweet.

This may be my favorite author/illustrator interview of all time.  A video interview with Sarah Stewart and David Small.  I've watched it twice since Wednesday.  The world of children's literature is lucky these two are a part of it.

Head on over and get a copy of the kit for Hats Off to Reading for March.

Thanks to Reading Rockets for this interview and these tweets.

Wow!  More good news for John Rocco's Blackout. 

Thanks to Children's Book Council for this tweet.

For people who appreciate and treasure picture books---Oliver Jeffers:  Maurice Sendak's Jumper and Me is a must read.

Thanks to HarperCollins for this tweet.

What can I say?  People keep writing the best things.  Enjoy the collected quotes and thoughts from this week.

I had to include this first tweet as it reminded me of Axle Annie written by Robin Pulver with illustrations by Tedd Arnold.

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