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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Twitterville Talk #105

For many people on Twitter this was their final week of school.  Virtual yipees could be heard Friday night.  It means time to work on #bookaday, recharge and relax.  For many, many people it is a time to gather with members of their PLN at annual conferences, learning together to make our classrooms better and better.  Enjoy what I have gathered.  Look for the giveaways, relax and take time for reading.  Have a great week, everyone.

Don't tell Mrs. Culver but I added this after she posted on the blog today.  I think this is the greatest video, Your Life As A Dog.  I think kids would love it.  This educator and tech guy named Larry Ferlazzo who blogs at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted it.  He gets a WOOF! WOOF! of thanks from me (Xena) for this tweet.  (Yes, I read her tweets.)

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has pledged to post a website a week for an entire year, A Week.  The first two are extraordinary and creative.

You have to watch this heartwarming video by Timothy Basil Ering about being a father and his changes when illustrating.

Author and illustrator Timothy Basil Ering discusses fatherhood from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

Have you downloaded your copy of the Chronicle Books poster, See Things Differently?  Each letter of the word differently is drawn by a favorite illustrator.

Have fun listening to Tomie dePaola speak briefly about books and reading.

Ladies and gentlemen, here are the book trailers for this week!

I'm always glad to read these kind of article headlines, ALA Promises Expanded School Library Advocacy in 2013-2014although for many, many students this is coming too late.

In series of videos by J. Patrick Lewis, Children's Poet Laureate, talks about Word Choice, Great Good, Bad books, Heroes, Emmett Till, and Rewriters.

This is a neat series of videos about summer reading.

The newest Celebri-Dot has been posted.  It is by the author/illustrator Tom Angleberger.  It looks like lots of fun.

Here is a reminder for all ALA 2013 attendees to not miss the exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago highlighting 75 years of the Caldecott Medal.

Mrs. P is hosting another writing contest this fall.

Wow, start making a list and checking it twice for all the author sightings and signings at ALA 2013 in Chicago.

Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, one half of the Twitter chat #SharpSchu Book Club held each month and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for an informative and fun week of tweeting.

This book, Stuck, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers was mentioned as a good companion for The Boy and the Airplane written and illustrated by Mark Pett, a #SharpSchu Book Club selection this past week.

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

This is an amazing idea---Awesome Montana Kids Comfort Shelter Animals By Reading To Them (Photos)

Thanks to Jennifer Hubert Swan, YA librarian and blogger at Reading Rants!: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists for this tweet.

Author Madelyn Rosenberg lists some of her favorite readers for Audio Appreciation Month on her blog.
To the first person who can name the first reader on her list I will send a copy of A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse written and illustrated by Frank Viva.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below.

Thanks to Madelyn Rosenberg for this tweet and this post.

Teachers Write 2013 begins this coming Monday.  The big news is Introducing The Summer 2013 Teachers Write Guest Authors!

Thanks to author Kate Messner for this tweet and post.

Author Kelly Bennett talks about picture books at the Candlewick Press We Believe In Picture Books! site.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

You might want to put some of these libraries on your bucket list---10 Treehouse, Dollhouse, and other Truly Unique Libraries-Part I

Thanks to writer, podcast reviewer at Katie Davis's Brain Burps About Books and blogger at World of Julie, Julie Falatko, for this tweet.

The Horn Book has compiled Summer Reading Recommendations 2013 including new and some older titles.

Thanks to Reading Rockets for this tweet.

For fans of Superman, then and now, this article about the current actor portraying The Man of Steel is a must read, You Won't Believe What Henry Cavill Did Before He Was Superman.

Thanks to author, Marc Tyler Nobleman (Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman) for this tweet.

Don't forget #titletalk co-hosted by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp has been moved to this Sunday instead of next due to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet in Chicago.  Please note the time has been altered since this posting.  June's #titletalk will be July 7, 2013.

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

Some great posts this week from Richard Byrne, educator, speaker and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers.

Four Google + How-to Videos

65+ Ways to Use ThingLink in Your Classroom

Thanks to Richard Byrne for these tweets and posts.

There is a visual post at the Nerdy Book Club this week about the value of the graphic novel.  You might want to hang this in your classroom.  Hey! I Was Reading That! by Dave Roman

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Here's another fun read for fans of Superman, more visual than the last.  Try to Leap Over this 'Man of Steel' Infographic in a Single Bound

Thanks to Geek Dad, a blog for and written by parents from around the world.

If you are looking for another great list of books, check out Notable Children's Books Nominees -Summer 2013 #ala2013 compiled by the ALSC Notable Children's Books committee.
To the first person who can name the first title on this list I will send a copy of Deborah Freedman's new title, The Story of Fish & Snail.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Cathy Potter, K-5 School Librarian and book blogger at The Nonfiction Detectivesfor this tweet.

For fans of author/illustrator Jan Brett, she has her 2014 Calendar available for download at the site now.

Thanks to Jan Brett for this tweet and her lovely books.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards were announced this week.  The Carnegie Medal was given to Sally Gardner for her book, Maggot Moon.  The Kate Greenaway Medal was given to Levi Pinfold for his book, Black Dog.  The links to the medals are for the audio of the announcements and the acceptance speeches by each recipient.  The other embedded links are to the official websites of the author and illustrator.

Thanks to The CILIP Carngie and Kate Greenaway site for this tweet.

What an exciting idea by Sarah Mulhern Gross expanded by Joyce Valenza on her blog, Recording kids' history as readers  

Thanks for this tweet go to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian and blogger at Neverending Search.

Text and pictures focus on the exhibit which opened yesterday at The New York Public Library entitled The ABC of It:  Why Children's Books Matter.  I sure wish I could beam myself there.

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

I know this list of quotes is a tad bit longer this week but everyone is feeling the lightness of summer.  I've included some which came over Twitter the last two days when many were attending #allwrite2013.  I hope you can learn and laugh.

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