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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Twitterville Talk #104

It's hard to believe that today's post marks two years of Twitterville Talk.  It's also hard to comprehend the professional and personal impact of Twitter.  The dedication of educators, authors, illustrators, and those connected to publishing is wonderful.  The support and care extended one to the other is heartwarming.  To celebrate this milestone, for the giveaways, I will be sending out two boxes of books instead of single copies.  I will also be giving away a copy of Bob Staake's poster The Open Book.
Box one contains: Art2-D2's Guide To Folding and Doodling by Tom Angleberger, Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants (UK version, very cool), Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (UK version with revised cover and guide pages in the back to use with a book club), Cardboard by Doug TenNapel and Toys in Space by Mini Grey.  Box two contains: Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner, Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, Every Day After by Laura Golden, Loki's Wolves: The Blackwell Pages by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr and a paperback copy of the UK version of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  Of course it's going to be a little bit harder to find the answers this week but that's the fun of it.  Enjoy your weekend and take time for reading.

There's been lots of buzz this week about Kate Messner's Teachers Write! Follow the link to get all the information. According to the website it begins June 24th but some tweets are saying it begins this Monday.  Here is the link for signing up and further information.

Thanks to author Kate Messner for this tweet.

NPR Books, All Things Considered, features Judy Blume Hits The Big Screen With 'Tiger Eyes' Adaptation.

The Chicago Tribune interview---Judy Blume, forever

Judy Blume at the Printers Row Lit Fest is a special blog post done by Mr. Schu.

Don't forget to check out the abundance of resources at Start With A Book: Read. Talk. Explore. All Summer Long!---Themed Books and Activities for Summer Reading and Learning
At this site one of the themes is weather.  To the first person who can name a book title from that category featuring my favorite tractor in the world and the phrase most associated with him, I will send Box One.  DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This has been won.)

Have a good time listening and viewing to the chatting Behind The Scenes of Judy Blume's "Tiger Eyes"

This is a fun and interesting time lapse of the artwork in Meghan McCarthy's new Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton

I really like this video where Dads at Scholastic talk about their favorite book.

We have a new United States Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt  

The Book Trailer Bonanza begins!

 Random House Fall Kids|Preview Peek

There is so much to do using the Magic Tree House Soar With Reading program.  Check out Mr. Schu's post.

Ramona Live Tour with the Story Pirates---Drop Everything And Read

Check out this amazing program the Seattle Public Library folks are doing---Books on Bikes

If you missed the NPR interview with Katherine Applegate here is the link plus another announcement.

Thanks to teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club, 2014 Newbery Committee member and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read., John Schumacher for his dedication to keeping us all informed with his weekly tweets.

Children's Books at BEA: Photos from the Show is just about the next best thing to being there.  It's great to see all those people who have made so many of us and our children happy enjoying themselves.

If you are ALA annual bound this is going to be invaluable---2013 ALA Guide To ARCs & Signings

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

NPR Books, Weekend Edition Sunday, interviews Hanan al-Shaykh about her retelling of On Thousand and One Nights---Scheherazade: From Storytelling 'Slave' To 'First Feminist'
To the first person who can tell me correctly who Scheherazade is and what she did to save her life, I will send you the Bob Staake poster.  DM your answer to me on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This poster has been won.)

Thanks to NPR Books for this tweet.

Are you ready for the June #SharpSchu Book Club?  Wordless picture books are the topic this month featuring Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Bluebird by Bob Staake and The Boy and the Airplane by Matt Pett.

Thanks to Colby Sharp, educator, one half of the #SharpSchu book club, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club, co-host of the monthly #titletalk, and blogger at sharpread for this tweet.

Here is another of the beautiful, informative videos from Candlewick Press's We Believe In Picture Books!

This is an enjoyable read, a first look at Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Have you shared a reason to read using the hashtag #25ReasonstoRead yet?  Check out this post at Chronicle Books.  

Thanks to Teresa Rolfe Kravtin, SE Publisher Rep and blogger at A Rep Reading for these  tweets.

This collection of photographs showing people from all around the world reading is stunning. ----To Light A Fire

Outstanding video tribute to Neil Armstrong---Blue & Beautiful

Thanks to educator and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day..., Larry Ferlazzo for these tweets.

We can learn much from one another---David Wiesner on Visual Storytelling|Video

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Elephants in the Classroom was posted by Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers this week.  I'm thinking this would be good to use in conjunction with Lynne Kelly's Chained.

Thanks to Richard Byrne for this tweet and for gathering so many resources each week on his blog.

I needed a reminder to pick up a copy of World Rat Day by J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff.

WORLD RAT DAY - by J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff from Anna Raff on Vimeo.

Thanks to illustrator Anna Raff for this tweet.

Don't miss out on this free giveaway of Megan Frazer Blakemore's Water Castle book and library event kit.

Thanks for this tweet go to Cathy Potter, teacher librarian and blogger at The Nonfiction Detectives

This is one fun book trailer---The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher.

Thanks to Alyson Beecher, educator and blogger at Kid Lit Frenzy, for this tweet.

Wow!  Here's a chance to win a signed copy of Warning:  Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt!

Thanks to author Adam Lehrhaupt for this tweet.

For fans of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's new Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked this video shows him drawing his two main characters.

Here's the entire video of the Platypus Police Squad booktalk in case your missed it.

This is going to be wonderful, absolutely wonderful.  "Tomie's Movie Memories" Series trailer

Thanks to author Jarrett J. Krosoczka for these tweets.

There might be something for everyone in these infographics---8 Awesome Educational Infographics for Teachers

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

This video is priceless beyond measure: Video:  Maurice Sendak On Being A Kid (Blank On Blank's Animated Version

Thanks to author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi for this tweet and post.

For The False Prince fans--this is very good news.

Thanks to author Jennifer A. Nielsen for this tweet and this fantastic trilogy.

This is one title I can't wait to read.  Listen and learn. PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

To the first person who can tell me what Dan Santat and his wife call the time of day when children might be like a Crankenstein, I will send Box Two.  DM me your answer on Twitter or in the comments below. (This box has been won.)

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

This is one time when book nerd's wish they had piles of cash lying around---Get Your Literary Thumbprint

Many thanks to educator and blogger at Read Write Reflect, Katherine Sokolowski, for this tweet.

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


  1. Otis
    Putt puff puttedy chuff!

    1. You are absolutely correct but someone else beat you by ten minutes. I do have giveaways every week; not as big as this but usually three different titles. I hope you will give it a try again.

  2. I'm pretty new to Twitter (@LauraPSalas)but am looking forward to connecting with librarians and teachers there. Are you part of the Tuesday night kidlit chat (or tweetup or whatever it's called--please forgive this newbie's ignorance:>)

    1. Hello Laura,
      The two monthly chats in which I participate are #titletalk moderated by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp and the #SharpSchu Book Club moderated by John Schumacher and Colby Sharp. They each last an hour. For #titletalk a topic is selected and questions are posted for us. In the #SharpSchu Book Club we have one or more pre-selected books up for discussion with questions posted that evening. #titletalk is usually on a Sunday evening and the #SharpSchu Book Club is usually on a Wednesday. Welcome to Twitter and thank you for stopping by today.

  3. Margie, you are the best, and I think most people with agree with that statement. I clicked over to your blog never expecting to see a couple of my tweets posted. I was like "What, is that me?" Thanks for making my day. Today is the first day of a summer reading camp in my library-it will soon be filled with noisy voices and lots of laughter-the way a library should be.

    1. Well, thank you, Julee. And you're welcome. I really enjoy your humor and insights about working in the library world. I hope you and the students have a day filled with fun.