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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Twitterville Talk #89

Besides all the connections with wonderful people, the constant stream of information and the additional book titles which make our TBR piles sway and nearly topple, I love the good-natured bantering back and forth between authors and illustrators; the encouragement they give to each other.  Twitter provides endless opportunities to its users.  Have a wonderful, restful weekend.  Take time to read.  Don't forget to look for the giveaway.

There's nothing like starting off a weekend (last) with news from a master storyteller.  Sharon Creech announced the cover reveal of her new book, coming this fall, titled The Boy on the Porch.  I for one can't wait.  This link will take you to the post.

Thanks to author Sharon Creech for giving us this gem to hold in anticipation and for the tweet.

Here is (in my opinion) a great response to the restraints being leveled against the reading rights of our students, Reading Rants:  Get Those Readers Out Of the Box.

Thanks to fifth grade teacher extraordinaire and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect,  Katherine Sokolowski for this tweet. 

Richard Byrne, educator and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers, provides a link to A Free Complete Guide to Evernote plus additional informative links.

Thanks to Richard Byrne for this tweet and many others constantly.

Scroll through the Smithsonian Education page titled Mr. President:  Profiles of Our Nation's Leaders containing a quote and short list of facts for each.

Get ready for the celebration for Read Across America with these multiple links: Seusville, 11 Seuss-gestions, Read Across America song, Reader's Oath, and try these recipes.

Author/illustrator Loreen Long has created a character near and dear to his fans' hearts, Otis the Tractor.  Here is the book trailer for the newest installment in a charming series.

The 100th Toy Fair was held in New York City this month.  Check this out---By the Dozen at Toy Fair: Top Library Picks.

Remember to mark your calendars for School Lunch Superhero Day in May.  Head to this link for more information.

This is always fun to do with students, Bank Street CCL Announces Irma Black Award, Cook Prize Finalists.  To the first person who can tell me how many Irma Black Award finalists there are this year and name one of them in a DM on Twitter or in the comments section I will send a copy of I Haiku You by Betsy E. Snyder. (I have two copies of this to give away and both have been won.)

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

Politics:  We the People/Focus On is an extensive list of resources offered by School Library Journal for President's Day or any day really.

Thanks to School Library Journal for this resource and tweet.

Don't forget this Sunday, February 24th at 8PM EST Colby Sharp and guest, Katherine Sokolowski will be hosting #titletalk on Twitter.  The topic will be historical fiction.

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

If you're looking for some stellar listening time check out these 10 Favorite Podcast Inspirations.

Here's a great post, The Case for Digital Citizenship in Schools.

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

One can't help but get goosebumps after reading this post Twitter Connections: Curious George and Aristides de Sousa Mendes regarding the creators of Curious George, H. A. Rey and Margaret Rey.

Thanks for this post and tweet go to Teresa Rolfe Kravtin, blogger at A Rep Reading and southeast publisher rep.

One of my PLN members is organizing between three different teachers a bracket for books.  Check out her post---March Madness The Bookish Way.  Follows her blog for updates.

Thanks to an amazing teacher and blogger at Maria's Melange, Maria Selke, for this post and tweet.

For author John Green's fans this is indeed the best of the best news---'The Fault in Our Stars' Movie Lands Director.

Thanks to John Green for this tweet.

Even though it's been several weeks since the announcement of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards, in preparation for a unit next year this article might make for a good discussion starter, Caldecott Secrets.

This is Mo Willem's reaction to the winning of his recent Geisel Award.

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

Her impact in the world of children's and young adult literature will never fade.  This week she's in the news---At 75, Judy Blume draws crowds with first film adaption.

Thanks to author, Ellen Potter for this tweet.

Loads of extras for Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Younger Readers.  Thanks for this tweet.

In case you need ideas for using Thinglink for Education  head on over to this bag of goodies. Wow!

Thanks to Donna Baumbach, retired professor, for this tweet.

It's getting closer.  Do you have visits ready for Skyping?  Look what author Kate Messner had done; Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day.

Thanks for this tweet and this comprehensive list.

There is a new kid on the block, a consortium on Facebook and Twitter combining the talents of the bloggers at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, 100 Scope Notes, A Fuse #8 Production and  Nine Kinds of Pie.

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

The beautiful artwork of Brian Selznick and Grace Line is featured on the Children's Book Week poster and bookmark.  Both are ready to be downloaded.

Thanks to the Children's Book Council for this tweet.

I will never forget reading A Monster Calls...never.  It is the first book to win both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal.  This is a wonderful interview with the illustrator Jim Kay.

Thanks to author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) for this tweet.

This is a gathering of some of the things I really enjoyed reading this week.  I hope you do too.

This particular tweet and the link to a post filled me with great joy.


  1. GASP! This post went up on my son's birthday! I'm just now seeing it. ♥♥♥

    1. A son's birthday is the very best kind of day. I am so glad you stopped by now. It's always a pleasure to "speak" with you.