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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Twitterville Talk #112

It's back to school soon.  People are sharing ideas like crazy!  Twitter is an amazing place to be but never more than this time of year. So many people are working to make it the best year ever for all our students.  Take time to relax. Time take for reading. Take time to find the giveaways.  Have a great weekend and week.

This is an enlightening look at Blooms' Taxonomy with the inclusion of technology, A Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for Evaluating Digital Tasks.

Thanks to Kylene Beers, educator, speaker and author, for this tweet.

Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, is offering grants through an initiative, Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program, whereby recipients can obtain free collections of her books.  She is working with First Book.  

Thanks to First Book for this tweet.

This is a history buff's, researcher's dream come true, Over 2,200 World War II Documents Now Online

Get ready to get lost in a sea of infographics on technology and education

And yet another important infographic---Growing Up with Social Media

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

A publication of Upstart, a magazine entitled Library Sparks, includes web resources in addition to the monthly publication.  These are the ones for the August/September 2013 issue, Met the Author, Carole Boston Weatherford, A Nonfiction Visit to the Library Mad Lib, a series of research (primary and secondary sources) and story structure (literary terms) lessons based on the Origami Yoda books and ingredients to look for in a "recipe" for a mystery.

Your back-to-school letter is one of the most important items to get the new year off to a great start.  This post is courtesy of Joyce Valenza at NeverEndingSearch.

Here's another of Scholastic  Read Every Day PSA.

When was the last time you explored the National Geographic Kids website?  Try out these two games, The Ultimate U. S. Road Trip Game and Quiz Your Noodle: Ultimate Weird But True.  

Wonderful interview, conversation, with Kazu Kibuishi about his illustrating of the new covers for the seven Harry Potter books.

We are so fortunate to have a fantastic new batch of book trailers for this week.

If you are going to do an author study this would make for an excellent article, Artist Kazu Kibuishi Interview: New 'Harry Potter' Covers (Different than the previous link above.)

Here's a chat with Raina Telgemeier at ALA about her graphic novel titles, her stories.

Don't forget to mark your calendars---November is Picture Book Month

I can feel the chills already---Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth: 2013
To the first person who can tell me the title written by Rick Yancey on this list, I will send a copy of Doll Bones by Holly Black.  Please DM your answer to me on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Don't miss the next #SharpSchu Book Club.  It's going to be in September.  Get all the information here.

It's really fun to listen to favorite authors and illustrators talk about their first day of school memories.

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

During last month's #titletalk on Twitter hosted by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp, the theme was kicking off the school year reading.  I mentioned using a form of Reader's Bingo which turned out to be a web publication from a Library Sparks issue August/September 2003 titled Know Your Reader.  It is actually more like tic-tac-toe.  This is what surfaced on Twitter this week, Reading Bingo Challenge Update.  Looks similar to what I have been using.  Check out the link.

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet and post.

Here is another post which continues the discussion started during last Sunday's #titletalk, Top Ten Read Alouds for 6 to 10 year olds

Thanks to Carrie Gelson, educator and blogger at There's a Book for That,  for this post and this tweet.

Pinterest was recently selected by the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013.  This article, 20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now, is a good guide for using this resource.

There is some pretty sound advice offered in this post, A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Librarian in Cute Shoes, Cynthia Alaniz for these tweets.

For the numerous fans of Phillip Hoose's Moonbird: A Year On The Wind With The Great Survivor B95 he was sighted August 2, 2013.  He has survived another year.

Thanks to TheCuriousCity for this tweet.

Here you have it---The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must Reads For Kids 9-14 

Check out this flow chart of book covers, 95 Young Adult Books To Read This Summer Instead of Reading 'Harry Potter' AGAIN grouped by theme, genre, plot.
To the first person who can tell me the first title listed under historical fiction I will send a copy of the new Tom Angleberger book, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

The cover is revealed and the author has something to say---Narrator hits 'Hard Luck' in eighth Wimpy Kid book

Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publisher's Weekly for these tweets.

In the continuing celebration of We Believe In Picture Books! here is one of the latest Candlewick Press videos featuring George O'Connor.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet and this videos.

Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka has released his schedule for August on The Book Report with JJK.  These podcasts make for great listening.
To the first person who can tell me the author and their book that will be talking with JJK on August 14, I will send a copy of Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks for this tweet and these podcasts to JJK.

Here is an infographic which provides information on the value of audiobooks, AudioBooks Raise Reading Scores.

Thanks to Tracy Weil, chief innovation officer at TalesToGo for this tweet.

Hooray for Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song was a NPR All Things Considered broadcast this week.

Thanks to author, Florence Minor (If You Were a Panda Bear) for this tweet.

If you are thinking about setting up a classroom Twitter account this year, check out this blog post, Classroom/Library Twitter Account.

Don't miss the Kids' Comics Revolution! podcast.

Thanks for this post and tweets go to Colby Sharp, educator, co-host of the monthly #titletalk, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club blog, co-host of the monthly #sharpschu Book Club and blogger at sharpread.

How do you ensure your readers' have healthy hearts? Readers' hearts...We Have a Code Situation: When the Heart of the Reader is in Arrest ; a must read post by Paul Hankins.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Follow this link for anything and everything you need to know about International Dot Day, September 15-ish

Thanks to author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds for this tweet.

This post is just fun and probably a little true too, 22 Signs You Are A Harry Potter Super-Fan.

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, 2014 Caldecott Award Committee member and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet.

This is something to share with your readers, 'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life a NPR Backseat Book Club, All Things Considered interview.

Thanks to Lorna Wheaton, former teacher, book fairy and blogger at Not For Lunch for this tweet.

To close out this post I wish to share a very thoughtful essay written by author Laurel Synder on her blog yesterday, Dead trees, good books and honest librarians...  It addresses the impact of social media on our lives.

Thanks to Laurel Synder for this post and tweet.

Here are my collected quotes and favorite tweets of the week.  

(Here's the link that goes with the last tweet.)


  1. Thanks for your post! I love that even though I know I missed so many great posts this week, I can come here and get a glimpse so many great resources shared. The first book in the list under historical fiction is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.. :)

    1. Good morning Daniela! I'm so glad that this weekly round-up of posts is helpful to you. Your answer is correct but someone else got it three minutes before your comment was left. Be sure to stop back again next week.