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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Twitterville Talk #106

While you are reading this post I am making the journey by car and train to the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.  To say I am thrilled for this opportunity is an understatement.  I am fortunate to be able to attend the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet on Sunday evening.  I hope to have many conversations about books and reading with colleagues I've met on Twitter, members of the Nerdy Book Club, every single one.  I am excited to able to meet authors and illustrators whose works I have admired for years.  Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.  Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

I really enjoyed reading this essay, Children's literature heroes---what they say about our times.  I'm thinking this would make for a good discussion in the classroom as well.

There is so much sharing within our PLN on Twitter.  These Summer Reading Suggestions 2013 by grade is yet another example.
To the first person who can name one of the two Newbery titles on the third grade reading suggestion list I will send a copy of White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan.
Send me a DM on Twitter with your answer or leave it in the comments below.

Thanks to school librarian and blogger at Great Kid Books, Mary Ann Scheuer for these posts and tweets.

Have you registered yet for School Library Journal's SummerTeen?  It's a free online event focusing on books and authors taking place on July 24th.

Thanks to Teri Lesesne, university professor and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature, for this tweet.

In case you missed the June #SharpSchu Book Club on Wednesday 19, 2013 it has been archived by Mr. Schu.  Three beautiful wordless pictures books were discussed, The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett, Bluebird by Bob Staake and Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.

They flock to him like bees to honey; our book trailer guru, Mr. Schu.

NPR's Backseat Book Club is asking for The Best Books for Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us  Listen to the story, stop by the site and leave your suggestions.

Have you visited the Scholastic page for teachers titled Story Starters?  It's lots of fun!
To the first person who can name all the categories listed at the Story Starter page I will send a copy of The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  This is one of my all time favorite funny books. Send me a DM on Twitter with your answer or leave it in the comments below.

Many thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.

When Shark Girl was released in 2007 it was given starred reviews by four sources.  The sequel, Formerly Shark Girl had its book birthday last month, but has already received a starred review from Kirkus.  Enjoy this trailer.

Thanks to Kelly Bingham, author of both these titles and the picture book, Z is for Moose, for this tweet.

Get ready for the July #SharpSchu Book Club.  Get all the information at this link here and here.  Be prepared to laugh, be informed and enjoy both posts.

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

Absolutely amazing resource from ISTE June 24, 2013, Your School Library:  Mobile, Flipped and Curated

Thanks to Donna Macdonald, teacher librarian, tech integrationist and blogger for this tweet.

If you are looking for videos and books for all ages that address special needs look no further than this post, Styling Librarian: Connecting to books that address special needs.

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

There is something very special about this Nerdy Book Club post, Books Become Your Home by author Megan Frazer Blakemore (The Water Castle).

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

There is no end to the wonderfulness of new book releases---Penguin Fall Kids 2013|Preview Peek
To the first person who can tell me the title of the new book by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, I will send a copy of Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea.  Enter your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Debut picture book author illustrator Aaron Becker unveiled his book trailer for Journey this week.  It is stunning.

Thanks to Aaron Becker for this tweet.

Candlewick Press announced four discussion guides available at this link for Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series and for A Monster Calls.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

Now this is very interesting...all of it...Pew Survey Shows Power of Print

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

I recently reviewed a picture book written by Martha Brockenbrough with illustrations by Israel Sanchez titled The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy.  If you would like to be entered in a drawing for a piece of original artwork send in a picture of yourself with the book.  Follow this link for more information.

Thanks to Martha Brockenbrough for this tweet.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and comments from Twitter this week.


  1. Just reading through Twitter and found you blog. Probably way too late... but here is the answer to your challenge: "Turtle in Paradise" 2011 Newbery Honor book. @time2tell

    1. You are correct JT Once I return home from ALA I will touch base with you.