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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Twitterville Talk #134

If one could hear a sound scrolling through their Twitter feed it would be humming and buzzing.  With the New Year in full swing new ideas, new ventures and lots of new books were being discussed last week.  The weather provided extended winter vacations and much more time for reading.  I hope everyone had a good week.  Have a great weekend. Take time for reading. Look for the giveaways.

It's been an invaluable title for educators for decades but the revised edition provides inspiration for an exceptional blog post, Matt Renwick's Top Ten Takeaways from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013).

Don't miss this post, Saying Yes by Jenny Rich.  

Reading and writing go hand in hand.  Read today's post about Ten Ways to Raise Writers by Julie Falatko.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for these tweets and posts.

I like the idea of beginning the New Year by showing appreciation for libraries, 28 Beautiful Quotes About Libraries.

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

You can pin to your heart's content or read to gain motivation but Be Inspired.

Thanks to Edutopia for this tweet and their Pinterest board.

Have you thought about having your students enter the PBS Kids Writers Contest?

Thanks to author Kirby Larson (Duke) for this tweet.

Save this link and check it repeatedly, Book Release Calendar.  There are many, many good titles being released this year.

This week not only do we have book trailers but authors are talking about their books in the best possible way.  Enjoy.

The tweets were flying back and forth as this announcement was made, The Best Conversation of the Year.

If you would like to request a visit from the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo, use this form.  Kate also provides suggestions in What to do when the kids are stuck inside? Read one of these books.

Don't forget March 5, 2014 is World Read Aloud Day.

Make sure to take the time (I can't wait.) to watch Video of the Week:  Three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature

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.

Over the years as a teacher librarian you are told many creative stories about the reason for books being late or disappearing from the face of the earth but this one takes the cake, Library Tales: Traction.

Here's another great list for must reads this year, Most Anticipated Books Children's and Teen Books For 2014
To the first person who can tell me the first picture book title on this list, I will send them a copy of The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig with illustrations by Patrice Barton.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Do you know all these facts?  Keep this handy for your next Dr. Seuss unit or March Is Reading Month.


With his own special brand of humor Travis brings us, Children's Lit Commish: All Picture Books Must Appear to be 'What Does the Fox Say?' Sequels

Thanks for these tweets go to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes.

This has to be one of the best series of author videos you will see this year, Children's authors read reviews of their own books.  Your love and admiration for authors and illustrators will only increase after watching these.  These videos are more suitable for teens and adults.

Thanks to author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman) for this tweet and for compiling these videos.

It's no easy task to be a member of one of the American Library Association Media Award committees.  This article offers an explanation of the process, The Givers: What It Takes to Serve on the Newbery, Caldecott Committees.  

Thanks to Cathy Potter, K-5 school librarian, co-host of #MELit chat and blogger at The Nonfiction Detectives for this tweet.

If you missed the TL Virtual Cafe this week the archive is here.

Be sure to take time to listen to these two dynamic librarians chat, Earth Pals: A TEDxElementary Project with Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner.

Thanks to Sherry Gick, teacher librarian and blogger at The Library Fanatic for these tweets.

If you have considered blogging or just want to be better you might consider this, A Twenty Day Blogging Challenge for Teachers via @kellyhines.

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

This week's podcast features an extraordinary librarian, Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde.

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

If you are looking for more titles and resources to enjoy these winter months author Sandra Markle has a blog post for you, LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!

Thanks to author Augusta Scattergood (Glory Be) for this tweet.

Make note of 2014 YA Fiction Preview: 60 Titles for Your January-June Radar.

Thanks to Bank Street Books for this tweet.

Let's share the joy and our winners, Mock Caldecott Results, Please.

How do your choices align with their choices?  One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions

Here's a short chat with current Caldecott Medal Committee member, Travis Jonker.

Thanks to The Horn Book for these tweets.

There are some excellent sites on this list, Web 2.0 Tools that Promote Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Thanks to Shannon Miller, teacher librarian and blogger at Van Meter Library Voicefor this tweet.

Have you read all these books?  Take a look at 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year.  
To the first person who can tell me the third title on this list, I will send them a copy of The Mischievians by William Joyce.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks to Random House Canada for this tweet.

Don't miss this super fun blog post about My Dream Library!

Thanks to educator and blogger at Daydream Reader, Niki Oh Barnes for this tweet and this post.

This looks like a really handy Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers.

Thanks to Naomi Bates, teacher librarian and blogger at YA Books and More for this tweet.

Have you ever wondered what the world of Grimm might look like?  Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales Come To Life In Eerie Photography Project

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

These are some excellent suggestions, 25 Of The Best Research Apps For iPad & Android.

Thanks for this tweet go to traveling teacher librarian Kate Hamilton.

There has been much discussion about this topic.  Here is a valuable viewpoint, In The Classroom:  Close Reading.

They are getting ready for Battle of the Kids' Books, Like a Winter Vortex, BOB 2014 Is Gathering Force.  

Thanks to educator, author (Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad) and blogger at educating alice, Monica Edinger for these tweets.

In a matter of days it will be time for January #SharpSchu: A Unicorn and a Tea Party.  Don't miss this!  It's the best time on Twitter each month.

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

These are some of Xena's and my favorite quotes and tweets of the week.  Enjoy.

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