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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Twitterville Talk #126

With Picture Book Month past the half-way point, many educators also have their Mock Caldecott units in full swing; Skype sessions are beginning and lists are being exchanged weekly.   The spring preview posts are appearing more frequently.  AASL is in full swing in Hartford, Connecticut with tweets popping up almost faster than they can be read.  Underneath all the sharing, all the exchanging of information, is the sense of anticipation.  The ALA Youth Media Award selections are less than two months away.  I hope everyone had a great week.  Enjoy your weekend and the tweets gathered here.  Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways.

Well, this premise is too much fun not to note---If Books Ruled The World.  I think it might be a great writing opportunity with students too.

Watch the First Full-Length DIVERGENT Trailer

Thanks to Book Riot for these tweets.

This is a resource definitely worth exploring; making sure of course, you have a ton of time. TED Playlists: a librarian's friend

There are great books on this list---Best Audiobooks: 20 Must-Have Titles for Tweens and Teens

Thanks to School Library Journal for these tweets and posts.

Most of the people I know have read her books and read them aloud to others.  How Cynthia Rylant Discovered The Poetry of Storytelling is a new interview on NPR's All Things Considered.  

Thanks to NPR Books for this tweet.

Make sure you take a minute to read a tribute, a reflection about, Maurice Sendak by Paul O. Zelinsky.  Author & Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky Remembers His Teacher, Colleague and Friend Maurice Sendak

Thanks to author illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky for this tweet and this post.

This is a very powerful essay written by author Matt De La Pena, Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories.  It is very important that every single one of you read it.

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

File this post under food for thought.  On Eliminating Internet Distractions 

Thanks to author illustrator, Stephen McCranie (Mel and Chad graphic novels) for this tweet and post.

Author and readiologist, Esme Raji Codell (Sahara Special) has created a Pinterest board, PlanetEsme Picks: Best Children's Picture Books of 2013 While I've read many of the titles listed here, it's a great spot to find some new ones.

Remember to keep checking back for updates on 2013 Best Books Lists

Random House Spring Kids 2014|Preview Peek I may have to take out a loan.

Mark down the dates.  Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting virtual booktalks.

Follow links here, and here to get ready for World Read Aloud Day.

Have you listened to this NPR All Things Considered feature? Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical 'Matilda' To Keep Books Alive

Here are the book trailers and author illustrator videos for this week.  Enjoy!

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

And the previews just keep on coming, week after week.  Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2014)

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

This looks to be a comprehensive list, 38 Of The Best Learning Apps For Elementary Students

Thanks to elementary principal and blogger at The Colorful Principal, Ben Gilpin for this tweet.

Listening to these podcasts further acquaints us with the most amazing authors and illustrators.  This week listen to Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Ben Hatke.

Thanks for the podcasts and tweet go to elementary library media specialist, co-founder of #levelupbc, 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers Tech Leader and blogger at The Busy Librarian, Matthew C. Winner.

I will never, ever forget reading Walter Dean Myers' The Fallen Angels.  In this interview he reflects on that title in light of his new release, Invasion.  Walter Dean Myers on Fallen Angels
To the first person who can tell me the title of the second book in this trilogy, I will send a copy of Donalyn Miller's Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to The Horn Book for this post and this tweet.

It would seem that Elizabeth Bird is asking for Mock Me. Repeatedly.  What does this mean?

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

Our imaginations are wonderful things.  Did you see this sixteen minutes of wonder written by Neil Gaiman?  A Dream of Flying

Thanks to author Neil Gaiman (Fortunately, The Milk) for this tweet.

Enormous auction taking place---Authors for the Philippines  There are some awesome options being presented.

Thanks to author Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series) for this tweet.

You can never really know too much about copyright.  8 things educators need to know about copyright and open resources

This looks like it's filled with ideas to use in our libraries.  Library Center Startup Kit

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 these tweets.

This is a fantastic resource for all educators planning an author visit---Things I Love Thursday

Thanks to author Barbara O'Connor (How to Steal a Dog) for sharing her expertise in this post and for this tweet.

Here's an essay to consider written by a notable author---On Gender and Boys Read Panels

Thanks to author, Anne Ursu (The Real Boy) for this post and this tweet.

It's interesting to read about those books which have endured and the decisions made by the editors of each.  Inside Stories About Memorable Books

Have you seen The Winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List Preview?  I'm almost afraid to look.
To the first person who can tell me the title of Kadir Nelson's book on this list, I will send a copy of Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan with illustrations by Steven Kellogg.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below. (this title has been won.)

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

This has got to be one of the neatest advent ideas ever---A Bookish Advent Calendar

Thanks to author Bonny Becker (Bear and Mouse series) for this tweet.

This reinforces the power of writing and sharing---All Because We Shared Our Stories

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

These are a collection of tweets, quotes and magic moments in classrooms.  I had nothing to do with the dog tweets; Xena is getting very clever. 

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