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

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Twitterville Talk #91

This week continued the national initiative by NEA, Read Across America Day with tweets galore about reading activities across the globe.  Many, many students everywhere participated in the World Read Aloud Day promoted by LitWorld on March 6, 2013.  One of our sixth grade classes exchanged poetry with  Jennifer Reed's third grade students in Massachusetts. Attendees at conferences are graciously tweeting notable quotes and ideas to their PLNs.  Enjoy the selection, relax and take time for reading this weekend.  In celebration of the Michigan Reading Association conference I will have four giveaways today.  I have no idea when I will be able to announce the winners, not knowing about online access.

Make sure your plans for April include National Poetry Month plus one very special day, Put a Poem in Your Pocket.  They have lots of ideas at their website.  To the first person who can tell me the date by sending me a DM on Twitter or leaving a comment here, I will send a copy of the new Jennifer A. Nielsen book, The Runaway King. (This copy has been won.)

March is Women's History Month with links for information here, here, here, here,  hereand here.

It's never too early to start planning for National Library Week or National School Library Month.

Here is a fascinating set of videos about How A Book Is Made:  Creating The Art, Editing The Book, Proofing The Story, and Developing the Idea.

Don't miss this blog post: Press Release:  The Second Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

These two book trailers will make you want to go out and get both these titles ASAP.

This is absolutely captivating, ALA Newbery Author Event.

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

This promises to be a website which needs extensive review, University of Houston's The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling.  

Thanks to Russel Tarr, innovative educator and developer of Classtools.net for this tweet.

In trying to close my Book Gap Challenge as set forth in a post by Donalyn Miller at the Nerdy Book Club this tweet by NPR Books caught my attention, 'Born on a Mountaintop' Or Not, Davy Crockett's Legend Lives On.  This is taken from the Weekend Edition Saturday.

Thanks to NPR Books for this tweet.

I did miss it but am glad I can go back to listen and learn from Books On Film: Chelsea Clinton interviews Judy Blume.

This is one of the most fun activities, nearly addictive, during National Poetry Month, Wanted:  Any and All Book Spine Poems.

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for these tweets.

I know I've mentioned before about the sheer, pure generosity of authors and illustrators but here is another demonstration, Snow Day Blues: On Open Letter To The Students of Olde Sawmill Elementary.

Thanks to author Kate Messner for this post and her tweet.

I would love to put some of these spots on a bucket list, The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books.  To the first person who can tell me the first place on this list by sending me a DM on Twitter or leaving the answer in the comments I will send them a copy of Matthew Cordell's hilarious, Another Brother. (This copy has been won.)

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

Posted this week on his blog, Holocaust Picture Books: An Annotated List

Thank to Keith Schoch, sixth grade reading and language arts teacher and blogger at Teach With Picture Books.

Don't miss Sunday Sweets: A Dr. Seuss Celebration!  You might want to make sure you've already had dessert or there are treats in the house.  These are truly mouth-watering visuals.

To the first person who can tell me how many times Dr. Seuss' first title was rejected and the name of the book, I will send an author and illustrator autographed copy of Chu's Day; the second person who correctly gives me this information will also get a copy of Chu's Day sans signatures.  Send me a DM on Twitter or comment here with the answers. (Both copies have been won.)

Thanks to teacher librarian Lauren Strohecker for this tweet.

If you've been wanting to create book trailers for or with students this Prezi presented and posted might be perfect,  Book Trailer Boot Camp:  From Storyboard to Film Festival.

Thanks to Erin Broderick teacher librarian and blogger at Mrs. Broderick's Book Blog for sharing this and for this tweet.

This would be a heavenly form of retirement, House With Bookshop and Cafe.

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

Have you read Lita Judge's new title, Red Hat? I for one enjoyed it as much as the Red Sled (reviewed here).  Head over to her website for a contest to win a signed copy of the Red Hat plus artwork.

Thanks to author Melissa Stewart for this tweet.

In just four days the #SharpSchu book club will meet at 8:00 PM EST.  Have you read the book selections?

Thanks to Colby Sharp, educator, blogger at sharpread and co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club, for this tweet.

Bonnie Becker, author of the Mouse and Bear books, speaks about the importance of picture books in the continuing celebration by Candlewick Press, We Believe In Picture Books.
Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

Here's another feast for the eyes of people who love books, 10 Superbly Bookish Statues.

Thanks for this tweet and post goes to Book Riot.

Start saving those pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters---Original Art Trunk Sale.  Grace Lin is selling art at reduced rates to teachers and librarians.

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

Educator, tech guru and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers Richard Byrne presented at NCTIES 2013 yesterday.  He has posted his presentation slideshare, Best of the Web 2013-Updated.

Thanks for this tweet and the professional sharing go to Richard Byrne.

Here's this week's collection of quotes and thoughts I liked.

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