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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Twitterville Talk #100

Despite the fact the school year is quickly drawing to a close for many, Twitter was as busy as ever this week.  I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.  Take time for reading and look for the giveaways.

How lovely to begin this week with another video from Candlewick Press in their continuing celebration of We Believe In Picture Books!  The talented author/illustrator Helen Oxenbury speaks about some of her latest works.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet and for providing these videos during this year.

Here we go with the array of book trailers courtesy of the master gatherer extraordinaire, Mr. Schu.

Here's a great short video with author Meg Cabot---Five Questions with Meg Cabot.

Kids Reads Comics is coming to Michigan on June 22nd and 23rd in Ann Arbor.  Follow this link to get the total scoop and to help spread the word.

Have you cast your ballot for the Kids' Comics Revolution! 2013 Awards?  

Did you miss watching the live stream of The Children's Choice Book Awards?  I loved watching it; similar to the Academy Awards but for books.  It has been archived here.

Don't miss the Scholastic Fall 2013 Online Preview!

Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for another week of wonderful tweets.

You might want to check out some of the free songs that author/illustrator Stephen Shaskan has available; follow this link.
To the first person who can name one of Stephen's songs I will send a copy of Pug and Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth with pictures by Steve Jenkins.  DM the answer on Twitter or in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Many thanks for posting this tweet on Mother's Day, Stephen Shaskan.

Here is a better than best resource for younger students doing animal research; a National Geographic Symbaloo.

Thanks to Sarah Ducharme, teacher librarian currently working in Budapest and blogger at Try Curiosity!  for this tweet.

Author/illustrator Jan Brett has two new items on her website to use with The Three Little Dassies; a reader's theater and matching masks.

Thanks to Jan Brett for providing these resources to go with her book and for the tweet.

I think my credit card just ran away and hid.  There are so many good titles in this 2013 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press.  

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

This is a must read--A Librarian's Response to "What's a Library?"

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

There are several items in The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression Children's Book Art Online Auction that would look fine and dandy hanging on any of the walls in my home.  Head over to the gallery.

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

Did you know for a very small fee you can have middle grade and young adult authors send letters to anyone over six years old twice a month? Letters For Kids sounds amazing.  Wouldn't it be fun to surprise someone with this?

Thanks to Jennifer Laughran, literary agent and blogger at Jennifer Represents... for this tweet.

Check out these amazing From Rapunzel to The Little Red Riding Hood, Beloved Children's Classics as Minimalist Posters.  These would be a good starting point for a discussion/unit on fairy tales.  To the first person who can name the book represented by the last poster I will send a copy of Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley.  Post your answer in the comments below or DM me on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks for this tweet goes to Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.

It seems there is a contest going on at A Fuse #8 Production; The Mighty Lalouche Contest (which I don't normally do but this one is sort of too cool to ignore)  Whether you decide to enter or not is up to you but the comments I could read over and over.

Thanks to Julie Falatko, blogger at World of Julie, author and reviewer at Brain Burps Podcast for this tweet.

Have you read the books yet?  Does your calendar have a big red circle around the date?  Get ready for the #SharpSchu book club ASAP.

July 11, 2013 is going to be one of the best days for book lovers and readers in the State of Michigan.  Check out this post with information about nErD Camp Battle Creek.

Many thanks for these tweets goes to Colby Sharp, teacher, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club, co-host of the monthly #titletalk and blogger at sharpread.

Have you seen The Summer '13 Kids' Indie Next List Preview?  There are some really excellent titles on this list.

I really enjoyed looking at In Pictures: The 2013 Children's Choice Book Awards

7 Reasons Why You MUST Read Aloud To Your Kids Of All Ages
To the first person who can name the first reason on this list I will send a copy of Wag! written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell.  Put your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for these tweets.

For fans of author Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series it does not get any better than this. Chaos Walking Short Stories

Huge thanks to author Patrick Ness for this tweet.

Here is yet again another article about Why Reading Aloud To Older Children Is Valuable.

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

If you loved The Open Book piece author/illustrator Bob Staake did last week and wished it could be made into a poster to purchase you are in luck.  Here is the link to buy a copy.  I ordered two!

Thanks to Bob Staake for making this available and for this tweet.

I said it on Twitter and I'll say it again now---This is why I love Twitter.  Thank you: An Open Letter to Sharon Creech  To think I might have never read this...

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

I cried when I read this---B95, the Moonbird, spotted on Delaware Bay  Here is a link to my review of the book.

Thank you so much to Donalyn Miller, educator and author of The Book Whisperer:  Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child for this tweet.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and tweets of the week.


  1. Congratulations on #100, Margie. The answer to your question about the first of seven reasons to read aloud to children of all ages is: 1. It’s time spent together.

    1. Thank you, Donna. And you are the winner of Wag! I love this series of books. I'm sure you are going to love this.