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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Twitterville Talk #129

Something exciting (more than usual) happened on Twitter this week.  Several members of my PLN were talking about goals, resolutions.  Several tweets later a movement was born #nerdlution.  It's a fifty day commitment to do whatever you can when you can, writing, reading, good deeds, noticing the little things in life or exercising.  The support is amazing. This is what it means to be a part of a community.  It's not to late to join.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Take time for reading. Look for the giveaways.

This is a fantastic list. You might want to think about sharing it with administrators, parents and school board members.  25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

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

It pays to stay up-to-date, Creative Commons unveils new 4.0 licenses.

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

Hooray! The Nerdy Book Club nominations have been tallied and the list has been revealed.  Follow this link to Donalyn Miller's SlideShare of the titles or this link to the Nerdy Book Club post.  Get reading so you can make informed choices!
To the first person who can tell me the first title on the picture book list, I will send a copy of Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood with illustrations by Melissa Sweet.  Please send me a DM on Twitter or leave your answer in the comments below.

This is how you build a reading community---Little Red Goes to School (By Way of Boston)

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, teacher, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at Donalyn Miller for these tweets.

If you are looking for a way to give books a second life, give these 7 Bookish Craft Projects to Put You in the Christmas Spirit a try.

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet.

It's not too late to make one of these or tuck this idea away for next year, How to create an online Advent calendar.

Thanks to Kelly Tenkely, founder of Anastasis Academy, Learning Genome Founder, tech integration specialist, instructional coach and Mac evangelist, for this post and tweet.

In case you missed the fast and furious tweeting for last Sunday's #titletalk on on resilience literature here is the archive.

Many thanks to Cindy Minnich, educator, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at Charting By The Starsfor complying the archive and for this tweet.

For fans of the series, Spirit Animals, author Maggie Stiefvater is reading the first chapter of Hunted.

Thanks for this tweet goes to Scholastic.

Little Chicken's Big Christmas book trailer previewed this week.

Thanks to author illustrator Katie Davis for this tweet.

John Flanagan talks about why the Ranger's Apprentice series has ended.

Please follow this link for the latest updates in the best books lists.

Are you ready?  Here are this week's book trailers.

Have you seen Booklist's Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth: 2013?  
To the first person who can tell me one of the four books on this list which was reviewed on this blog, I will send a copy of The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home by Jennifer Larue Huget with illustrations by Red Nose Studio.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

The interviews and presentations from the 2013 National Book Festival are starting to be posted.  Follow this link for all the updates.

Reading Rockets has posted some useful seasonal ideas, Top 10 Family Reading and Writing Ideas for the Winter Holidays and The 2013 Holiday Buying Guide from Reading Rockets:  Books As Gifts.

Here are some great titles to add to your holiday shopping via Scholastic.

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.

In case you missed the post #Nerdlution is looking for pictures.

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 this tweet.

With every post the anticipation grows---Scholastic Spring Kids 2014|Preview Peek

Here is another---A Peek at First Second's Spring Collection

Thanks to School Library Journal for these posts and tweets.

This is one of the most beautiful essays I have ever read about the act of reading---Slice of Life: Life Has a Certain Uncertainty

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

It's always great when an author or illustrator shares their process with we lucky readers.

Thanks to James Burks, author illustrator of Bird & Squirrel on the Run!, for this tweet.

One of the tricky things with introducing tools into the classroom is adhering to the requirements for age.  This list will be useful to many educators, Webtools: No Registration Needed For Students
To the first person who can tell me the first category on this list I will send a copy of City Chickens by Christine Heppermann.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

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

Here is another outstanding list of books---The Horn Book Fanfare!

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

The short list for the Morris Award has been announced.

Thanks to Teri Lesesne, college professor, speaker and blogger at The Goddess of YA Literature, for this tweet.

This might be handy if you are looking for a special gift for a reader friend---Children's Illustrators on ETSY

Thanks to illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi for this tweet.

This is a collection of some of my favorite tweets this week.  Several are included from #titletalk this past Sunday.  Many more are to be found in the #titletalk archives noted above.  My furry friend has added her favorites treats of the week too.

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