Quote of the Month

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

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Twitterville Talk #136

This week the weather and the anticipation for the award announcements on Monday has been filling up my Twitter feed.  If you want to watch the awards live here is the link.  There have been wonderful exchanges, as always, between authors and illustrators talking about their work.  Numerous cold and snow days gave everyone extra time to get caught up on their reading but still...take time for reading this weekend.  Rest and relax.  Look for the giveaways.

If you are looking for an author to Skype with for World Read Aloud Day on March 5, 2014 author Kate Messner has compiled a list of volunteers here.

This is a fantastic post about an amazing video; The Making of a TED-Ed Video

This is outstanding---Bodies & Bookstores:  An Open Letter to Russell Banks

Thanks to Kate Messner (Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets) for these posts and these tweets.

The author of this article, The Mission of Librarians is to Empower,  really gets "it".

This is a great article, Librarians in the digital age and an infographic round-up

Thanks to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian and blogger at the NeverEnding Search for these tweets.

There are some new Celebri-dots at the site.  Check out artwork by Drew Daywalt and Erin Dealey.  

Thanks to Terry Shay, 5-12 vocal and computer teacher, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ On a Journey, for these tweets.

It's important to broaden our students exposure to authors and illustrators from places other than the country in which they live.  I really enjoyed this post at the Nerdy Book Club, Look to the North!  My Ten Favourite Canadian Illustrators and Their Books by Carrie Gelson.

Even when I served as the school librarian at a high school, I purchased picture books for the collection.  This essay explains why---Top Ten Things Picture Books Taught Me by Beth Shaum.  
To the first person who can tell me the first item on Beth's list, I will send a copy of Dream Animals:  A Bedtime Journey written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for these tweets.

In case you missed the flurry of tweets last weekend, here is a document capturing the events at #nErDcampNNE.

Thanks to Cathy Potter, K-5 school librarian and blogger at The Nonfiction Detectives, for this tweet.

The celebrating of the Chinese New Year will be here before you know it.  This is an extensive list of book titles, Chinese Folktales For Kids.

Thanks for this tweet goes to Mia Wenjen, blogger at Pragmatic Mom.

Guess what's happening on February 26, 2014?  It's the #SharpSchu Book Club!

Now this is some video! 

Charlotte's Web / Spider-Man Mashup (Bookie Woogie) from Z-Dad on Vimeo.

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 these tweets.

This is the seventh in a series of book recommendations, Emily's Library, Part 7.  The other posts are archived at the site.

Thanks to Philip Nel, professor, author (Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss:  How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature) and blogger at Nine Kinds of Pie, for these posts and this tweet.

Get ready for the second annual Nonfiction Event #nf10for10.  It's taking place on February 19, 2014.  Get the scoop at the Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community blog linked above.

Thanks to Cathy Mere, elementary educator and blogger at Reflect & Refine:  Building a Learning Community, for this post and this tweet.

A powerful story generates other powerful stories; Seek first to understand... A principal reflects on the wonder of Wonder by R J Palacio.

Thanks to Ben Gilpin, principal and blogger at The Colorful Principalfor this tweet.

You can never have too many dragon books on your shelves.  It's Monday! What Are You Reading? -Dragon Delight!

Thanks to Carrie Gelson, educator and blogger at There's a Book for That, for this tweet.

If you are looking for a collection of digital storytelling tools, look no further than those gathered by Joyce Valenza.

Thanks to Donna Baumbach, formerly edtech/edmedia professor at UCF in Orlando, for this tweet.

It's never too early to start thinking about April being National Poetry Month---Erasure Poetry

This is quite a list of YouTube channels.  Top Ten YouTube Channels #QuietLibrary

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian currently in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian for these tweets.

Don't miss this week's podcast, Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka

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.

The Association of Jewish Libraries announced The 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Awards this week.

Thanks to author Madelyn Rosenberg (The Canary in the Coal Mine) for this tweet.

Without further ado, I present the book trailers and author illustrator videos of this week.

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.

Lemony Snicket's 'The Dark' Takes 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award

Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet and post.

We always have wonderful new books to add to our lists and piles.  Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2014)

Did you see this?  Video Trailer Debut:  Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante

This is interesting to look over.---Mock Lists-The Ultimate Round-Up

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

I love when illustrators share their process with readers.  Look at this amazing animated GIF Dan Santat shared on Twitter.  It's for the cover of the new book titled, The Rain Dragon Rescue (The Imaginary Veterinary series).

Thanks to Dan Santat, author illustrator (Sidekicks, Crankenstein) for this tweet.

Have you read The 2014 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction?  I've read other titles by this author but not this one.  I quickly added it to my growing indie order.
To the first person who can tell me the winner of this award, I will send a copy of The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This title has been won.)

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

Every year there are amazing books never recognized by any of the award committees.  Elizabeth Bird talks about it here, Picture Books That Will Never Win Awards.

Thanks to the New York Public Library for this tweet.

Look at the amazing art in these illustrations!  Winner of the 2014 Tomie dePaola Award is Announced!

Thanks to the Eric Carle Museum for this tweet.

As the snow keeps falling, the winds keep howling and the temperatures keep dropping this sounds like a good idea, 16 Quotes That Will Make You Want To Cuddle Up With A Book.

Thanks to Shannon Miller, teacher librarian, presenter, consultant and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice, for this tweet.

Don't forget to stop by The Book Report, podcasts hosted by author illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  New posts include Aaron Becker, David Wiesner, Jon Scieszka and Bob Shea.

Thanks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle) for this tweet.

Have you seen this super fun book trailer for Rosie & Rex:  A Nose for Fun?

Thanks to author illustrator Bob Boyle for this tweet.

If you haven't seen this you might want to take a moment to look and wonder---The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop Motion

Thanks to author illustrator Deborah Freedman (The Story of Fish & Snail) for this tweet.

Guess what? The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children was announced this past week.

Thanks to NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) for this tweet.

Kate DiCamillo says Thank You from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

And yet another article on the importance of reading, Don't Underestimate The Power of Pleasure Reading.

Thanks to educator, Jane Garver, for this tweet.

This video is guaranteed to make you smile.  Have a great time on Monday watching the award ceremony.

Thanks to award winning author Sharon Creech (The Boy on the Porch) for this tweet.

There's been lots of news and lots of fun this week.  Here are some of Xena and my favorites.


  1. Lovely recap of the week! LOVED the animated drop of water video! :) Thanks for including my YouTube post... :)

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I thought the video was amazing too! Any you are welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment.