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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Twitterville Talk #108

Summer is in full swing.  Educators at all levels are spending days on their own time learning from one another at EduCamps, annuals conferences and conversing virtually in social networks.  Reading challenges abound.  I hope you enjoy the gathered tweets. Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways; it's a pleasure to give books to as many people as I can to help them bring readers to the community.

A week ago tomorrow this was the Video of the Month on Mr. Schu's blog, Illustrating Caldecott Books:  A Celebration of 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal.   It was created by TeachingBooks.net and shared as part of the Caldecott, Newbery, Wilder banquet at the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition.  It is six plus minutes well worth your time and a great resource to use when teaching the Caldecott Medal in your classrooms.

It was a groove of trees.  It was a place to go for refuge.  It was a place to dream and to travel. Alice Walker is speaking about libraries.

Here's another video made during ALA 2013 discussing Kids Read Comics.

The author of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein,  speaks about her library experiences.

You might want to add these events to your yearly lessons.  Each is a way to connect with others on a local or global level.  International Dot Day  Picture Book Month  Roald Dahl Day

What an amazing resource! Up All Night:  A History of the National Book Award Winners and Finalists in Young People's Literature

Integrating technology into the classroom as a means for learning; Digital Tools for Young Writers

Are you ready?  It's time for book trailers!

Here's another fantastic resource to tuck away for your Mock Caldecott unit or study on a specific title which has won the award.  Honor Roll:  Celebrating Caldecott Honor Books  There are many useful ideas in this article by Kathleen T. Horning.
The first book discussed here is an autobiography.  To the first person who can tell me where this person first worked I will send a copy of Mo Willems' That Is Not A Good Idea.  Please DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

NPR Books Backseat Book Club speaks with the author of Glory Be, Augusta Scattergood.  Lessons in Bigotry and Bravery:  A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

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

Educator and blogger at educating alice, Monica Edinger has written a book titled Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad.  Here is the book trailer.

Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day 2014? Mark your calendars for March 5 and get all the information at the website.

Colby, his wife Alaina, Brian Wyzlic, Niki Barnes, Suzanne Gibbs, Jen Vincent, Donalyn Miller and Gina Lovless organized the inaugural nErDCamp Battle Creek.  Follow this link for all the sessions and accompanying notes.  It was a stellar day for educators coming from twelve states.

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

You might want to use these two videos to a nonfiction unit or studies of the individual authors.

Many thanks for these tweets to Mary Ann Scheuer, teacher librarian, Cybils Book App Award coordinator, co-chair of author events at 2013 AASL National Conference and blogger at Great Kid Books.

For those anxious to read Anne Ursu's newest title The Real Boy, follow this link to read chapter one.  You do need to have a Facebook account.

Thanks to Walden Pond Press for this tweet and link.

Who knew!?  16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney
To the person who can name #13 first by leaving their answer in the comments below or sending me a DM on Twitter, I will send a copy of Patricia MacLachlan's The Truth of Me. (This title has been won.)

Sending thanks to Jennifer Laughran, literary agent at Andrea Brown lit, children's bookseller and blogger at Jennifer Represents... for this tweet.

Wouldn't it be loads of fun to have one of these inside or outside your school building?  Hobbit Holes

Thanks to author Madelyn Rosenberg (Canary in the Coal Mine) for this tweet.

Here's one of the newest videos released this week by Candlewick Press as part of their We Believe In Picture Books! campaign.  Newbery Medalist and school librarian, Laura Amy Schlitz shares her words of wisdom.  Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

The Nobel Prize website has a series (46) of educational productions, 29 of which are interactive games, of varying degrees of difficulty spread among each of the prize categories.

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice, Shannon Miller, for this tweet.

A new dot was added to the colorful, creative site Celebri-Dots based upon Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot.  The newest artwork is done by author/illustrator Matthew Cordell.

Thanks to Terry Shay, 5-12 vocal and computer teacher, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at  TJ on a Journey for this tweet.

I consider it one of the most powerful and entertaining books I've read in the last several years.  That's why this is good news---Andy Mulligan's Trash to be a Movie

Thanks to Monica Edinger, educator and blogger at educating alice,  for this post and this tweet.

His annual list has been released---The Wildest Children's Books of 2013  There are titles, book jackets, a book trailer, inside glimpses and the reason they made the list included in this post.

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Medal committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this post and tweet.

Neil Gaiman speaks about the writing of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, during Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher

Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.

To the first person who can tell me why Neil Gaiman began writing The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I will send a copy of the book.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Here's a good infographic titled What do you want kids to do with technology?

Many thanks to teacher librarian currently working in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian, Debbie Alvarez for these tweets.

This is a fascinating and lovely article on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award recipient, Katherine Paterson which appeared in The Horn Book July/August 2013 issue.  A Profile of Katherine Paterson

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

Larry Ferlazzo, educator, author and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...  posted Two Good Infographics About Creating Good Infographics

Thanks to Larry for this tweet and post.

It was with sadness I read of the passing of author Barbara Robinson this week.  School Library Journal posted this article about her and her work.

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

 Here is a collection of some of my favorite tweets and quotes of the week.

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