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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Twitterville Talk #107

It's still hard to believe a week has passed since I was traveling down the tracks on a train to Chicago.  I'm still remembering all the wonder I experienced at the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition last weekend.  Based on the activity on Twitter this past week, I'm not the only one reliving the adventure.  The world of books and reading is supercharged.  All kinds of reading challenges are being started, titles are being recommended at a faster pace.  You can feel the energy.  I hope you all will have a relaxing weekend and take some time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.  Have a great week.

Caldecott Honor winner, Marla Frazee has a re-designed website up and running for all to enjoy.  The link is here.

Thanks to Marla for this tweet.

One of the many highlights of the ALA weekend is the announcement of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.  A list of this year's winners can be found here.
To the first person who can tell me what special day I featured in my review of the second website on this list, I will send an autographed copy of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Also announced are the Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013.  

No week is complete without new book trailers creating excitement for titles newly released or to come.

 Don't forget to mark your calendars for July 31, #SharpSchu Book Club.  Follow this link for all the information.

This is an amazing video of the highlights of the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

This is an excellent resource for storytime:  Guerrilla Storytime:  Ideas & Advocacy #ala2013

Do not miss this video with Jane Yolen talking about stories.

This is so exciting---Kids Comics Awards  Kids voted and the results are revealed!

Suzy Lee created the 2013 National Book Festival poster.  (It's in PDF format.) Here is the link to the gallery of past posters. (All also in PDF format; perfect for printing.)

  Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, member of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning committee, member of the 2014 Newbery Medal Award committee, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers winner, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club on Twitter and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for his many informative tweets all week long.

Just in time for any road travel, check out this kit loaded with fun stuff to do based upon Brian Biggs Everything Goes titles.

Thanks to HarperChildrens for this tweet.

This will be a hit with your parents:  Internet Safety Cheat Sheet.  It is can be downloaded in PDF.

Thanks to Jennifer LaGarde, teacher librarian and blogger at The Adventures of Library Girl for this tweet.

I really believe this to be an effective means of enhancing storytelling with our students:  Best of 2013 So Far...Why Visuals Matter in Storytelling.

Thanks to Richard Byrne, educator, presenter and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers for this post and this tweet.

I was excited to read a tweet this week that one of my favorite Tom Angleberger books, Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Sumgwick Manor; Or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset is being organized for a movie.  Follow this link.
To the first person who can tell me one of three quotes I featured on my blog review of this title, I will send a copy of Tom Angleberger's and Cece Bell's new title, Crankee Doodle.  Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to author/illustrator Tom Angleberger for this tweet (and all his entertaining books).

File this post under the Why didn't I think of that category:  Teacher Wears Same Outfit for 40 Years  

Terry Shay put out a call on Twitter for people to request who they want to see make a Celebridot.

Thanks to educator, Fablevision Ambassador, and blogger at TJ On a Journey, Terry Shay for this tweet.

More than 130 people have signed up for the #summerthrowdown 2013 reading challenge.  Follow this link to add your name to the list.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Heise Reads & Recommends, Jillian Heise for this tweet.

Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and get ready for #titletalk this Sunday at 8 PM EDT.  The topic will be reading fantasy.

This is nice to know---Being a bookworm boosts your brainpower into old age.  There are going to be a bunch of old geniuses in the Nerdy Book Club.

This is one of the most romantic things which appeared on Twitter this week.  It's a graphic version of how graphic novelists Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier got engaged.

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

Candlewick Press continues their showcasing of picture books, We Believe In Picture Books! with this adorable video featuring Julie Falatko and her children.

Thanks to Julie, writer and blogger at World of Julie, for this tweet.

There's a new podcast in town called Let's Get Busy hosted by teacher librarian Matthew Winner.
His first guest is teacher librarian Sherry Gick and blogger at The Library Fanatic.

Thanks to Sherry for this tweet.

Children's literature lost a shining star this week with the passing of Holly Meade.  A memorial has been started.  Follow this link for more information.

Thanks to Susan Dee, educator, or this tweet.

Here is a link to a tribute written and posted on School Library Journal's site.

Here is the link to an amazing offer by author Seymour Simon for the entire month of July---Free Access to all eBooks

Thanks to Seymour Simon for this offer, this tweet and keeping our readers excited about the world around them for all these many years.

Here's another activity kit for children based upon the upcoming release of Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds with illustrations by Dan Santat.
To the first person who can tell me the official release date for this book I will send a copy of Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming with pictures by Boris Kulikov. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Chronicle Books for this tweet.

Here are a couple of videos you might want to incorporate into instruction courtesy of Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian currently in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian.  Thank you, Debbie.

This is a must read:  The Mom From 'The Cat in the Hat' Finally Speaks .

Many thanks to Shana Corey, author and editor for Random House Kids Books, for this tweet.

For those of you not on Twitter I posted this delightful video of Sharon Creech, Newbery Medalist,  reading an excerpt from her new title, The Boy on the Porch.

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tribute and tweet about the passing of nonfiction children's book author, Elaine Landau.

American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition highlights and re-caps.

There are many, many favorites tweets from this week; exchanges between friends, family, authors and illustrators.  Twitter was on fire.


  1. Poem in Your Pocket Day


    "Crotty was a tiny old thing, but she could pull those corset strings tighter than a hangman's noose."

    (If I am first for both, I only want one book. It is so nice of you to share, and I don't want to hog all of the fun!)

    1. Hello Dana,
      You were beaten by a few minutes by a consistent player for the Crankee Doodle book but I will gladly send you the Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain. Hope you are having a fun reading summer.

  2. Thank you! I got the book today! You inspired me to try the Book a Day challenge this summer. So far it has been mostly picture books and more like two books every other day, but a lot of fun! Will you be at the Jon Klassen event? Thanks to the PTO and Waterfront Artfair Committee we are taking a busload of kids from CampREAD! You are welcome to ride with us, but we are going to be a little late and have to leave a little early. I checked with Jessilyn and she said no problem. We even have an extra ticket, but I bet you already have one! See you Wednesday hopefully!

    1. So glad the book arrived safe and sound. And hooray for Book A Day Challenge. I am behind in posting but I am keeping up better than I thought I would. Of course, I will be at the Jon Klassen event! Thanks for the offer of the ride but I already have my ticket. I stopped in Saturday and picked it up. Everyone is going to love this event. He is a really great guy.