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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Twitterville Talk #96

It's seems impossible that yesterday more than 130 schools in mid and northern Michigan had a snow day; sleet pellets fell against the windows of my home for nearly twelve hours.  Of course a light snow has been falling all night and is expected to continue today.  According to tweets many folks made good use of the day to get in some extra reading.  This week I believe there is something here for everyone.  Enjoy what I've gathered and don't forget to look for the giveaways.  Take time for reading and have a restful weekend.

I thought this was a very detailed, interesting explanation of the fantasy genre posed at  YALSA The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads titled Discovering Your "Brand" of Fantasy.

Thanks to Jillian Heise, a 7th and 8th grade language arts and reading teacher as well as a blogger at Heise Reads & Recommends for this tweet.

Book Riot posted an article, 12 Alternatives to Goodreads which might help readers make a decision.

What do you think of this list?  The 42 Traits of the Perfect Reader

Thanks to Book Riot for this post and these tweets.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady series of graphic novels, is releasing his first chapter book, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked.  Enjoy the trailer.  Thanks for this tweet, Jarrett J.. Krosoczka.

Two educators, Jen Vincent and Kellee Moye, bloggers at Teach Mentor Texts are hosting a TMT Spring Bookmark and Book Swap.  Sign-up closes on April 17, 2013.  Head over to the blog to get all the details.

Thanks to both of them for this post and tweet.

From the Michigan half of the #Nerdbery video team comes a recommendation to subscribe to author/cartoonist Alan Silberberg's YouTube channel.  It looks like loads of fun.
In fact shortly after this tweet Alan Silberberg posted a link to this cheery video on books and your mind.

This is another reminder to mark your calendars for the #SharpSchu book club.  Head over Mr. Sharp's blog via this link to get all the information.  Two very special novels in verse will be discussed.

Students, teachers and parents will love all the scrambled goodies at Laurie Keller's special site.

This is an interesting take on 7 Steps To Raise A Geek Child
To the first person who can tell me step four in this presentation I will send a copy of Sergio Ruzzier's delightful new book, Bear and Bee. Please DM me the answer on Twitter or in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Colby Sharp, fourth grade teacher and blogger at sharpread for these tweets.

BONUS GIVEAWAY: In honor of Xena's video debut I will give a copy of Homer by Elisha Cooper to the first person who can tell me another Newbery title where a dog is featured prominently. Leave your answer below in the comments or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Chris Haughton, author/illustrator of one of my favorite dog books, Oh No, George!, posted a link to a video for a new publishing imprint.  It is adorable.

Flying Eye Books from James D Wilson on Vimeo.

Thanks to Chris Haughton for this tweet.

BONUS: Check out the post Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes has titled 2013 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books.

When I was working on my three magazines at Scoop.it on Sunday a post popped-up in my feed.  I immediately put it out on Twitter because the video was new and supported National Screen-Free Week, Unplug for National Screen-Free Week With Random House Children's Books (VIDEO)  The accompanying article offers further insights from several of the featured authors.
Thanks to HuffPost Screen Sense.

It is also showcased on Watch. Connect. Read with connections to an earlier post John Schumacher made about this special week.

Here is a link to Press Release Fun: Celebrating National Screen-Free Week.  The poster designed by author/illustrator Bob Staake is fantastic.

I know that April 12, 2013 has come and gone but how about marking your calendars to celebrate D. E. A. R for next year.  To help you do that follow this link.

You have to love all these wonderful quotes from authors in support of School Library Month.

More food for thought--Welcome to the Mothership: Travis Jonker's Take on Amazon/Goodreads

Here are a few of this week's book trailers.  Plus a video that is and isn't a trailer.

You'll have to go to Mr. Schu's blog for this one; it's well worth it.  Trust me.

Many thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Committee member and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.

Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's,  posted a very important article on her blog this week, The smallest gesture. The shortest phrase. The briefest silence. Matter.  It's thoughtful and lovely.

Thanks to Jo Knowles for this tweet and her post.

This is an amazing and informative post by Raina Telgemier, cartoonist and creator of the graphic novels, Smile and Drama, titled How A Graphic Novel Is Born (And Raised).  This is a valuable resource to use in a study of graphic novels or to share with budding cartoonists.

Thanks to Raina Telgemier for this post and tweet.

Check out First Look: 'More Than This' by Patrick Ness.  It's a cover reveal and hints about the plot of his new title.

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

If you had to choose would your list be the same as The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have On Their Bookshelf.
This list seems heavy on a particular genre.  To the first person who can name any title on this list I will send a copy of Rick Riordan's third title in the Kane Chronicles, The Serpent's Shadow. Please leave your answer in the comments below or DM me on Twitter.

Thanks to the Eric Carle Museum for this tweet.

Scholastic has archived all their Free Virtual Field Trips and Author Visits.  These are terrific resources.

Thanks to Scholastic Teachers for this tweet.

File this post under points to ponder---"Are there any girl bears?":  Gender and the 21st Century Picture Book by Elizabeth Bird.

Thank to School Library Journal for this tweet.

I would really like to attend this event someday.  Look at this line-up already---First Batch of Authors for 2013 National Book Festival.

Thanks to author Madelyn Rosenberg for this tweet.

It's official Two Little Birds Books now has a website; Two Little Birds makes it easy for you to share your love of reading by giving a book to a child for every book we sell. Buy a book Give a book

Thanks to Two Little Birds for this tweet.

The more I know about the process for writing and illustrating books the more I love them.  This is a jaw-dropper---Sophie Blackall: The Illustration Process for My Upcoming Book (PHOTOS)

Thank you to another outstanding author/illustrator, Marla Frazee, for this tweet.

Thanks to a tweet about this post Art I'm Donating to Children's Art Auction at BEA I had better start saving up some cash.  The art there already is impressive.

Sending appreciation to author/illustrator Loren Long for this tweet and post.

Here is a link to a  free poster at Peter H. Reynolds' site for this month.  It looks like he has other free items there too.

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

After more than thirty-four years as a teacher librarian I can say in all honesty I am truly moved by this video, a project of a teacher I recently met at the Michigan Reading Association conference.  Her name is Beth Sham and she blogs at A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust.   She is a force to be reckoned with indeed.

Can you hear me shouting?  This is the best news ever! The Watsons Go To Birmingham starts filming

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

Here are some of the notable quotes from the week.

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