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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Twitterville Talk #99

Who ever said "Life is full of surprises" spoke a grand truth.  They seem to pop up when you least expect them.  Stopped with a train of cars yesterday, waiting for a couple of others to make a left-hand turn, I looked into my rear view mirror to see a large SUV going full speed toward me.  Today, even though my car will probably end up being totaled, I am so thankful that other than some stiffness in my upper body I am fine.  This reminds me of the phrase Maurice Sendak stated in one of his final interviews, Live your life, live your life. I plan on doing so in abundance.  To celebrate I will be giving away five books today.  Have a wonderful restful, relaxing and safe weekend.  Take time for reading.

Let's start off with some decorating fun that readers and book lovers will like.  Check out these 20 Brilliant Bookshelves For Modern Bookworms.  I actually have a couple of these.

Thanks to author Ellen Potter for this tweet.

One of my favorite reads last summer was Chained by Lynne Kelly Hoenig.  Thanks to a recent tweet she tells us there is now a curriculum guide plus a video to go with her book.

Thanks Lynne.

She captured our hearts with Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After.  Now author Kirby Larson has included a playlist of songs Hattie might have listened to during that historic time period.  Head on over to this link to listen.  To the first person who can name one of those songs I will send a copy of both Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After.  Leave your answer in the comments below or via DM on Twitter. (These two titles have been won.)

Many thanks Kirby.

The news spread like wildfire on Twitter on April 30th.  The 2013 Crystal Kite Winners were announced.

Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder if Mr. Schu doesn't have a special alarm system wired to his computer alerting him to new book trailers.  There are many good ones this week.

I managed to get a copy of the UK version of this book to be released in the US soon.  Reviewed here.

Did you miss it this year?  Well, have no fear.  This video can be saved for next year.  Share it with everyone you know.

It's here, it's here, it's here!  The Scholastic Summer Challenge.  How much are you going to read?  This is a great activity for an entire school.

Boy, this sure sounds like fun---2013 Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour Sweepstakes

This video introduces a nifty website hosted by Curious George.

These Get Caught Reading Celebrity Posters are great fun.

Mr. Schu has been thankfully tweeting to his followers about all the wonderful videos being uploaded to YouTube from the National Book Festival last year.  I will be posting those tweets in the special Storify I have created for all his resources, Cyber-Sleuth---Mr. Schu Says.

There is no excuse of your reading to wan in the summer---The Fourth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest.

If you were unable to participate in the online chat---The REAL One and Only Ivan follow this link.

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

For fans of the Kate Messner series, The Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries, she has Pinterest board for the second book in the series linked here.

Thanks to Kate for this tweet.

Here's a fantastic resource of all the Kids Comics List 2012 courtesy of Dave Roman, author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy books.
To the first person who can name the first comic on this list I will send a copy of the new book, House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini.  Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier for this tweet.

I sure hope you have your calendar marked and a big literal or digital sticky note in the middle of your computer screen for the next #SharpSchu book club on May 21, 2013.  Follow this link for the scoop.

When Colby tweeted that this book trailer was inspiring he was not kidding.  This is the memoir of Alex Ko.  Don't miss it.

July 11, 2013 is going to be a very special day for educators in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Check out this link for all the details.

Thanks to Colby Sharp, educator, host of #titletalk, co-founder of The Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread for these tweets.

Take a minute to look at Maurice Sendak Tribute: Children's Illustrators Donate Art For Auction. The auction will take place on May 29, 2013 at BookExpo America in New York City.

Thanks to HuffPost Books for this tweet.

I am excited for so many books being released in the remainder of the year.  One of them is the new David Wiesner book.  Here is First Look: 'Mr. Wuffles!'

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the post and the tweet.

If you are fortunate enough to be headed to BookExpo America BEA 2013: Children's Galleys to Grab.  These would last me for a good portion of the summer.  How many do you have on your TBR list?

Here's a tribute to Jarrett J. Krosoczka posted prior to the big event Honoring lunch ladies, those who nourish souls.

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

Remember the hilarious character from Z is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky?  He has his own website now.  It's pretty funny and would be great to match with the book.

Many thanks to author Kelly Bingham for this tweet.

You can never underestimate the power of books and reading.  This is an outstanding essay by the author of the Penderwicks series, Jeanne Birdsall, Middle Grade Saved My Life.  

To celebrate the release of Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked (which I just finished reading this morning and loved) Krosoczka is hosting an online chat.  Check out the details.

Thank to author illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka for these tweets.

Author, Laura Golden, announced about her new blog.  Follow this link.  Her book, Every Day After, will be released next month.

Thanks to Laura for this tweet.

You just never know what will show up on Twitter but this post written by author Elizabeth Bluemle, The Best Author Letter Ever, will make your day.

Do not miss this beautiful visual short by author/illustrator Bob Staake, The Open Book.

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

The Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English has announced their 2013 Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts.  There are many, many wonderful titles on this list.
To the first person who can tell me the first book title on this list I will send a copy of Ribbit! written by Rodrigo Folgueria with illustrations by Poly Bernatene.  Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to author Jo Knowles (See You at Harry's) for this tweet.

Will you or won't you?  If you did what would you picture?  50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books

Thanks to teacher and blogger at A Foodie Bibliophile In WanderlustBeth Shaum for this tweet.

For librarians everywhere, you just never know---Here's To You, Mrs. Berenson

Thanks to Betsy Bird, New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collection Specialist and blogger at A Fuse #8 Production for this tweet and post.

For teachers everywhere, you matter.  This video is amazing.  It will touch your heart.

Many thanks to teacher librarian, tech integrationist and blogger, Donna MacDonald for this tweet.

In case you missed it or just want to experience the fun all over again, last week I debuted Adam Lehrhaupt's book trailer for his first picture book, Warning:  Do Not Open This Book!  
To the first person who can tell me the release date of his book, I will send a free copy as soon as it comes out.  Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Many thanks to Adam Lehrhaupt for this opportunity. 

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