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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Twitterville Talk #124

This has been a busy week; #titletalk on Sunday, Twitter exploded on Thursday with tweets about Halloween, November Is Picture Book Month has started as has NaNoWriMo and PiBoldMo. Here's hoping there is something here for everyone.  Enjoy your weekend. Take time for reading.  Be sure to look for the giveaways.

Teach With Movies, a site providing lessons designed around films is now free.

Thanks to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian and blogger at NeverEnding Search for this tweet and post.

It's always interesting to see what books are showcased in other states.  This week the list of titles for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2014-2015 was announced. 
To the first person who can tell me the title of K. G. Campbell's book appearing on this list I will send a copy of Sure As Sunrise: Stories of Bruh Rabbit & His Walkin' Talkin' Friends by Alice McGill, illustrated by Don Tate. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Get ready to be excited by all the new books coming our way.  These book trailers and book promotions by authors and illustrators will peak your interest.

To her legions of fans this comes as no surprise---Judy Blume Wins the 2013 NAIBA Legacy Award

All the "Best" lists are being compiled on Mr. Schu's blog with the inclusion of videos when available. 

Here is the latest installment of Kate Messner answering questions about Marty McGuire for the Global Read Aloud.

Asa Butterfield gives his views on reading, reading every single day.


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

This essay, Everybody Else Is Already Taken, posted at the Nerdy Book Club by author James Preller is an outstanding reflection on the importance, the place, of story.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

We all have our favorite places to read.  Take a look at Show and Tell: Rioter Reading Places

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

It seems impossible to keep up reading all the books we want to read.  If you could list a series you missed as a child would it be one of these---5 Series You Probably Missed as a Kid (But Should Read as an Adult)

She continues to amaze and inspire---'I was as poor as it's possible to be...now I am able to give': In this rare and intimate interview, JK Rowling reveals her most ambitious plot yet
To the first person who can tell me the name of JK Rowling's charity for children I will send a copy of A Very Witchy Spelling Bee by George Shannon with illustrations by Mark Fearing. Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave the answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)

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

In May of this year I wrote a post for the Nerdy Book Club about the author illustrator John Hendrix.  I was excited to watch this new video about his work.

Thanks to author illustrator John Hendrix for this tweet.

How fortunate for all of us that November 4, 2013 is approaching quickly.  It's the release date of Donalyn Miller's new title, Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits. Follow the link to read an excerpt. 

This is a very interesting article, What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers And Screen Time.

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

This appeared in the Twitter feed this week.  It makes me want to read the entire series all over again. Final 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Trailer Is A Real War

Thanks to HuffPost Books for this tweet and post.

Rebecca Stead, the newest winner of the Guardian Children's fiction prize, for her book Liar & Spy, is interviewed on this podcast.

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

Halloween may be over but tuck this away for next year---The Most Terrifying Story You'll Ever Hear  It's hard to believe it's truly Goodnight Moon.  

Thanks to the reader, Benjamin Percy, for this tweet.

If you are interested in creating makerspace projects in your library, the American Library Association has launched a new website to assist you in this endeavor, Make It @ Your Library.

Thanks to Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director of the Appleton Public Library in Appleton, Wisconsin and blogger at Waking Brain Cells, for this tweet.

In case you are working on digital projects with your students, these might come in handy---14 Websites To Find Free Creative Commons Music

These People Use Twitter In Ways You Can't Imagine will get you thinking in more innovative ways.

Thanks to Donna Baumbach, former edtech/edmedia professor at UCF in Orlando, for these tweets.

Let's get our collective minds working, author Adam Lehrhapt (Warning: Do Not Open This Book) needs our help, Some Quick Notes and A Call For Titles.

Thanks to Adam Lehrhaupt for this tweet.

You might find another app here to use with your students for digital storytelling, 5 Fantastic Apps for Digital Storytelling on iPads

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

Author Barbara O'Connor (On The Road to Mr. Mineo's) offers great insights into author visits, Advice from the Trenches: Part 1 and Advice from the Trenches: Part 2.

Thanks to Barbara O'Connor for these tweets.

If you are trying to weigh the pros and cons for using Twitter, perhaps you will find this useful---Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter.

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

You won't want to miss this video of Neil Gaiman being interviewed on CNN.  He is a true champion for books and reading.

Thanks to author Neil Gaiman for this tweet.

The New York Times announced its Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books this week.
To the first person who can tell me the title of the book illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, I will send a coy of The Great Lollipop Caper  by Dan Krall.
Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.

Who doesn't love to laugh?  Check out the winners of this year's The Roald Dahl Funny Prize
What is the title of Leigh Hodgkinson's book on this list? To the first human who leaves the answer in the comments below or sends a DM to my Mom (Loveofxena) on Twitter, I will send a copy of Dog-Gone School poems by Amy Schmidt, photographs by Ron Schmidt. Woof! Woof! Thanks, Xena.

Thanks to Laura Given, teacher librarian and blogger at LibLaura5 for this tweet.

This is a map you won't see every day---This Map Will Delight Book Lover's Everywhere

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

Here are 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students 

Thanks to elementary school librarian/ITS and blogger at Reederama, Jennifer Reed for this tweet.

Remember to keep checking back at the official website to read articles about Picture Book Month.  Yesterday Why Picture Books Are Important by Tomie dePaola was posted.

Thanks for author and founder of Picture Book Month, Diane de Las Casas for this tweet.

Enjoy these favorite extra quotes and tweets from this week.


  1. I loved James Preller's NBC post, too! Can't wait for Reading in the Wild! :-)

    1. Storytelling is so important. Reading in the Wild is absolutely wonderful.