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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Twitterville Talk #116

Fall, thankfully, is in the air.  New books are being released every week with more to follow in the upcoming months.  So many colleagues on Twitter are creating cultures within their classrooms and libraries for building lifelong readers that it makes my heart sing.  I am reading about the positive use of technology within the curriculum.  I hope everyone had a good week and is planning on enjoying their weekend. Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

I am a daily reader of one of @ProfessorNana 's blogs.  This past week, a post titled Doing it the right way really struck a chord with many of her readers.  One particular sentence resonates, Tell me about the book but tie it to my life.  You owe it to yourself to read the entire post.

Thanks to Teri Lesesne, lifelong reader, educator and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature for this tweet and post.

Whether you celebrate International Dot Day for a single day or more, you might want to consider using some or all of the lessons/ideas presented by Matthew C. Winner in his blog post, Dot Day Lesson Seeds 2103.

Don't miss the latest Let's Get Busy podcast with author illustrator Leeza Hernandez.

We appreciate the posts and the tweets, Matthew C. Winner, elementary library media specialist, co-founder of #levelupbc, 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers Tech Leader and blogger at The Busy Librarian.  

Beautiful artwork was added to the Celebri-dots pages this week by Deborah Freedman, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Lori Degman, Aaron Becker, Diane MyrMr. Pig and The Little Crooked Cottage and Louise Borden.

Thanks to Terry Shay, educator, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ On a Journey for these tweets and these posts.

Another monthly chat on Twitter on Sundays follows the hastag #digbkclub.  Here is the archive of their past chat on the book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  

Thanks for the tweet go to educator and blogger at Crayons and Pencils, Michelle Haseltine.

It's been a truly wonderful week for trailers, and authors and illustrators talking about their books.  Enjoy the array of choices.

Have you visited the Children's Book Council's new website?

As soon as they were released Mr. Schu began sending out tweets for the videos of the speeches at the Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder ceremony, Katherine Applegate's Acceptance Speech, Jon Klassen's Caldecott Acceptance Speech, Katherine Paterson's Wilder Acceptance Speech and Peter Brown's video about his Caldecott Honor award as well as Pamela Zagarenski's video about her Caldecott Honor award.

I don't know about you but I can hardly wait for the September #SharpSchu Book Club  Follow the link for all the information. 

To prepare for the #SharpSchu Book Club you might want to read this article about Aaron Becker, Amherst author revisits childhood

Have you sent in your questions to NPR for R J Palacio?

Don't forget next week is International Literacy Day!

Many thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, co-host of the monthly #SharpSchu Book Club on Twitter, and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for sharing all these tweets this week.

This is a great post, Librarians Are NOT Knowledge Keepers-Pass It On.

Thanks to Jennifer LaGarde, 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 for this post and tweet.

For people collecting projects for International Dot Day here are a couple of additional links for ideas, here and here.

Thanks to educator, Literacy Adjunct Instructor, and co-host of #MELit on Twitter, Susan Dee for these tweets.

I never tire of these lists of beautiful libraries to visit around the world, 16 Libraries You Have To See Before You Die
To the first person who can tell me the location of the first library I will send a hardcover copy of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races.  To the second person who provides the correct answer I will send a paperback copy of The Scorpio Races.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or DM me on Twitter.(The hardcover copy has been won only.)

Thanks to Library Love Fest for this tweet.

This was posted back in June but is well worth visiting again, Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History.  

Thanks to high school educator, contributor to the New York Times Learning Network blog and Monarch Teacher Network and blogger at The Reading Zone, Sarah Mulhern Gross for this tweet and this post.

Now That Your Students Have iPads is an excellent post with excellent insights by one of my favorite tech gurus, Richard Byrne.
To the first person who can tell me the name of the author of the articles which Richard Byrne references in his post, I will send a copy of Maureen Johnson's The Madness Underneath, Book 2 Shades of London series.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM via Twitter.

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

If you ever do an author study of Richard Peck this video might be a good one to share with students.

Thanks to teacher librarian, co-traveler on the summer reading road trips with Mr. Schu, Donna Kouri, for this tweet.

There is so much beauty to be found in books, not only on the inside with illustrations, text and story, but on the outside.  Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa

Thanks to author Lisa Yee (Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) for this tweet.

Here's another idea for creating a visual of your reading life.  Timeline at ReadWriteThink

Here's a very thoughtful article, Are we teaching kids to hate reading?
To the first person who can tell me the author of this blog post I will send a copy of Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

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

It seems that the covers of the Harry Potter books are getting a new look in more places than one.  I still need to get the set created by Kazu Kibuishi but take a look at these New 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' UK Adult Edition cover features Nagini All the other UK covers are shown too as well as a link being provided to the gorgeous Kazu Kibuishi covers.

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

Tuck this away for your research skills classes, How To Cite Social Media: MLA & APA Formats

Thanks to Sarah Russo, MLIS student, for this tweet.

This is an interesting article on the effects of technology, Is Technology Scrambling My Baby's Brain?

Thanks to Library Director, Gretchen Caserotti, for this tweet.

Guess what teachers and librarians?  There is a Curriculum Guide for the Unwanted series!

Thanks to author Lisa McMann for this tweet and the wonderful books.

Here's a visual treat, The Story Tower.

Listen to Kate Winslet, Richard Ayoade, and Other Famous People Read Roald Dahl  These are tantalizing clips for upcoming audio books.

Thanks to Book Riot for these tweets.

This is so exciting.  One of my favorite projects every year is the Mock Caldecott unit.  Time to Get Our Lists in Order---Calling Caldecott is asking for suggestions.
To the first person who can tell me the title of the top book on this list I will send a copy of Brian Floca's Locomotive.  Leave your answer in the comments below or please send it to me via DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

To close out Twitterville Talk this week, please take a moment to read this letter from a parent who lost her daughter in the Sandy Hook tragedy.  We are heroes...every single one of us.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect, Katherine Sokolowski for this tweet.

Please enjoy my collection of quotes, phrases, and pictures from Twitter this week.


  1. Hooray, Ms. Langeberg you are correct! Please send me your mailing address at mmmcu@charter.net I will get the book in the mail to you.

  2. Q: The name of the author of the articles which Richard Byrne references in his post.

    A: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    1. That is correct, Malvina. If you send me an email with your mailing address, I will send the book to you.