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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Twitterville Talk #94

Whoever said time flies when you're having fun hit it right when it comes to Twitter.  The constant stream of discussions between virtual and real colleagues happens all day, everyday and before you know it, an hour has passed.  I still can't get over being privy to the sharing of ideas between authors and illustrators.  It's a huge bonus to be able to talk with student readers about these conversations.  I hope everyone had a great week.  I know some returned to school after spring break, others had a week of vacation and for many in Michigan the break has just started.  Enjoy the wrap-up, look for the giveaways (three this week to celebrate our spring break) and take time for reading.

As the weeks have passed so to has the School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books.  Even though the end is getting closer it still might be fun to do this with students after it's over to see how they vote as opposed to the judges' decisions.  School Library Journal has provided a page of downloadable graphics to use in designing your own brackets.  Each match appears as a PDF file.

Thanks to School Library Journal for these graphics and this tweet.

With every tweet about a new book trailer I can easily envision my book pile getting larger and my bank account getting smaller but the book trailers are very convincing.  Here are some of those appearing in our feed this week courtesy of Mr. Schu.

This interview of author Shana Corey by Mr. Schu appeared this week on the Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month.  It is jam-packed with information.  Don't miss it.

For the next #SharpSchu book club on April 24th during National Poetry Month, authors and titles featured are Sharon Creech's  Love That Dog and Caroline Starr Rose's May B.: A Novel.  Inspired by Love That Dog and Sharon Creech, Caroline Starr Rose wrote a poem which was posted on Watch. Connect. Read. on Monday. It's beyond beautiful.

Don't miss these great links for National Poetry Month; here  here, and here.

Printable PDF titled 50 Things Kids Will Miss If They Don't Have A School Librarian In Their School.

Here's another outstanding resource gathered by Mr. Schu on his blog.  In this series of videosstep by step, viewers are taken through the process of creating a book.  In these we see how Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers was made.

Here are fifteen movies featuring bookstores.  Did you guess any of them?  Can you think of more?

Fans of Katherine Applegate's Newbery Award Medal winning,  The One and Only Ivan, will be thrilled with this news.  It's huge.

Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, member of the 2014 Newbery Award committee and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for all these tweets.

Now this is a book all members of the #nerdybookclub can read and love, A History of Reading, highlighted at Brain Pickings.

Thank to author and educator, Christoper Lehman, for this tweet.

When a colleague on Twitter says Wow more than once in a single tweet, you take notice.
This video would be great to use during National Poetry Month.

Thanks to Katie Clark, 6th grade ELA teacher for this tweet.

One of my favorite sites to follow is Free Technology for Teachers.  This week Richard Byrne had a post titled A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging which is worth reading as is A Simple But Powerful Student Blogging Activity.

Thanks to Richard for these posts and the tweets.

I just finished reading a short story author Kate Messner wrote for the Scholastic Storyworks site.  They Might Be Dangerous is amazing; downloadable as a PDF with lots of additional activities.

This is Kate's blog post--- A Suggested Response to Amazon's Acquisition of Goodreads

Thanks to Kate Messner for these tweets and providing her readers with another great tale.

If you missed #titletalk last Sunday or want to review all the great book suggestions under the heading of humor the archive has been posted.

Thanks to Cindy Minnich, educator, curator of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at Charting By The Stars for this tweet and for compiling the archive.

How would you like to win a Skype visit with Molly Idle?  To celebrate the launch of her new book, Tea Rex, she is offering this, plus some extra goodies, to those who comment on her blog.

Thanks to Molly Idle for this tweet and this opportunity.

On the heels of #titletalk on Sunday this article says it all, Healthwatch: Stanford Study Shows How Humor Activates Child's Brain.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish Joan Young for this tweet.

Have you heard about this, Meet the scientific accident that could change the world?  This is mind-blowing technology.
To the first person who can name this invention I will send a copy of Doug TenNapel's graphic novel, Bad Island. Please DM me on Twitter or leave the answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Kelly Tenkely, educator and blogger at iLearn Technology for this tweet.

Greg Heffley is going to be in print again, Abrams Announces Wimpy Kid #8.  I wonder if the illustration offers a clue as to the title.

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

Thanks to author Melissa Stewart for this tweet and developing these tables, CCSS ELA-RIT: Easy-to-Understand Tables of Standards.

I wish on a daily basis the people controlling the money would read this, Do Schools Need Libraries?

With so many apps being released it's hard to know which one will be best for you.  This article does a good job, Evernote vs Google Keep: Which Does More?

For all you book nerds check out this article, What the #Nerdybookclub Taught Me About Reading.

Thanks to Colby Sharp, teacher, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread, for these tweets.

This week author/illustrator Patricia Polacco sent out two tweets offering new videos to give readers the inside scoop on how she gets inspiration for her books.  These would both be good for an author study.  Thank you, Patricia Polacco.
For the giveaway this is a hard one.  In one of these videos Patricia Polacco names her new Christmas book.  What is the title?  The correct answer will get you a book written and illustrated by another Michigan author/illustrator, Wendy Anderson Halperin.  Her beautiful new book is Peace. DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Just in time Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'm Bored, has a new printable, an Easter version (note card) which is adorable.

To the first person who can tell me what the object in the basket is saying in this illustration, I will send a copy of Philippa Leather's new book, The Black Rabbit.
Leave your answer in the comments below or via DM on Twitter.

Many thanks to Debbie for this tweet and sharing her talents further with her readers.

Have you heard about these new literacy awards?  This is some serious money being awarded here.

Thanks to author Susan Hood for this tweet.

Certainly glad to see this post yesterday, Poetry Friday: In A Messy Room.  Get your spine poems to Travis by April 2.

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Award committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet.  

A new book trailer was released into the wild yesterday by Dan Santat for the book, Because I'm Your Dad.

Thanks to illustrator/author Dan Santat for this tweet.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes, thoughts and pure fun from Twitter this week.


  1. Love it! I did a blog post for SciFriday about Kate's story. My post has some additional resources. :) http://www.mariaselke.com/2013/03/sci-friday-short-and-sweet-they-might.html

    1. Thanks for stopping by Maria. I sure appreciate you leaving your link too. I did read your post and forgot to add it to Kate's section here. You are the best.

    2. You find and post so many amazing resources, Margie - we all love you! :)

    3. Thank you, Maria. Thank you very much. It's a pleasure.