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

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Twitterville Talk #115

What can I say?  It's been a wild and crazy week.  Twitter is a reflection of all that educators, authors, illustrators and book people love.  It's all about the children's literature community, best practices and creating life-long learners.  Have a restful Labor Day weekend.  Take time for reading and look for the giveaways.

  Four months are still left in 2013 but people are already looking down the road at 2014 releases.  Some titles to note--2014: It's Never Too Early to Get Excited

Thanks to Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Youth Materials Collection Specialist and blogger at A Fuse #8 Production for this post and tweet.

Are you ready for this week's book trailers?  They are as varied as the authors who write the books.  Don't be surprised.

Don't forget to jot down this date, March 5, 2014. It's World Read Aloud Day and this earlier date, October 3, 2013, Read For The Record.  And of course the date for the next #SharpSchu Book Club (Follow the link for all the great info.)

Are you ready for the premiere of The Watsons Go to Birmingham airing on September 20, 2013 on the Hallmark Channel?

Every resourceful, Mr. Schu posted a letter Donalyn Miller featured on her blog in 2010 which was sent home, Dear Parents: At-Home Reading.

Harry Potter, 15 Years Later: J. K. Rowling Speaks!  Who does she miss the most?

Don't loose this link for Mr. Schu's Book Release Calendar.

Great list of back to school books for those not quite ready, Bouncing Back to School: Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters
To the first person who can tell me the title of Robert Neubecker's book I will send a copy of I Loathe You written and illustrated by David Slonim.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

Thank you John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Award Medal Committee member, co-host of the monthly #SharpSchu Book Club on Twitter, and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for all of this weeks tweets.

Having enjoyed the creativity of book sculpture in the past Carving Culture: Sculptural Masterpieces Made From Old Books is an interesting look at a new book.

You have to take a minute to read this love letter E. B. White wrote to his wife as if Daisy their dog were writing it.

Thanks to Brain Pickings for these tweets and posts.

Teaching with technology has allowed collaboration between teachers to increase by leaps and bounds, not only in your own building but in other states and countries.  Here are several ideas, 5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class.

Thanks to Kim Campbell, educator for this tweet.

Here's a great visual for elements in story, The Story Coaster.

Thanks to Michell Haseltine, educator and blogger at Crayons and Pencils for this tweet.

A word from Terry Shay on his blog about creativity and International Dot Day.

Have you seen these imaginative pieces of art at Celebri-Dots this week from Kirby Larson, Kristi Valiant, Barbara O'Connor, Bonnie Becker, Cynthia Lord and Russ Cox.
To the first person who can tell me which dot features the most sea glass I will send a copy of Have Fun, Molly Lou Mellon written by Patty Lovell with illustrations by David Catrow.  Leave your answer in the comments below or please send me a DM on Twitter. (This has been won.)

Thanks to Terry, educator, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ On a Journey for this post and this tweet.

I try to be really careful when it comes to copyright.  Check out these 7 Excellent Resources For Public Domain Pictures Every Teacher Should Know About.

Thanks to teacher librarian, 2012 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, ALA/NYT I Love My Librarian Winner, co-founder of #levelupbc and blogger at The Adventures of Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde, for this tweet.

I've been seeing quite a few tweets the past couple of weeks about creating classroom websites using Weebly.  Check out this post, How to Create a Website With Weebly.

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

ATTENTION...ATTENTION...Don't forget to follow the chat on Twitter Monday September 3, 2013 with the amazing, master storyteller and author, Sharon Creech.  Follow the hashtag #newbookout.  It will air at 8:00 PM EST.

Thanks to author Sharon Creech who also writes beautiful blog posts at Words We Say for this tweet.  Her website can be found at this link; it's loaded with resources.

Last Sunday Twitter was hot with #titletalk hosted by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp.  Here is the archive of that chat.  It's jam-packed with ideas and insights.

Thanks to Cindy Minnich, educator and blogger at Charting By the Stars for gathering all our tweets.

There's not a day that goes by without me wishing I have mastered the art of  teleportation.  Who wouldn't want to visit Lello Bookstore:  The Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World?
To the first person who can tell me the location (city and country) of the Lello Bookstore I will send a copy of The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck written by Laura Murray with illustrations by Mike Lowery.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send it to me via DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet and post.

I have a new place to visit thanks to Travis Jonker.  This week he shared Zen Pencils Cartoon Quotes From Inspirational Folks.  The cartoonist is Bill Watterson.  It's fantastic.  I'm not kidding.  I really mean it.

Back-To-School Reading list from The Horn Book is a winner.

Thank you, Travis, teacher librarian, 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet.

Have you listened to this week's podcast feature, Let's Get Busy with author Bridget Heos ?

Thank you to Matthew C. Winner, elementary library media specialist, 2013 Library Journal Tech Leader, co-founder of #levelupbc and blogger at The Busy Librarian for this tweet.

There is just no excuse for not having decorative and informative visuals in your libraries and classrooms.  Be sure to visit Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters.

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

I plan on spending time this weekend listening to the rest of this evening chat between Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman in conversation.

Thank to Neil Gaiman for this tweet.

This is a timely and very good video about online safety for our younger students.

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

Here's another link to visit each week, A Website A Week  It's a commitment and we are the lucky readers.

Thanks to author Amy Krouse Rosenthal for this endeavor and this tweet.

I can't stop laughing at the illustrations in Dan Santat's books.  He has another one being released.  Here is the book trailer.

Thanks to Dan Santat for this tweet.

This is for all of you---Calling All Teachers: A Picture Book Month Special Request

Thanks to Maria Burel, classroom teacher, teacher librarian, author and blogger Once Upon a Story at for this tweet.

Enjoy my gathered quotes and tweets from this week. (I think Xena's been typing on my computer again lately.)

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