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

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Twitterville Talk #141

When people on Twitter claim to those not on Twitter that it's like PD 24/7 they are not kidding.  Anyone who thinks educators and people in the kidlit community don't work on the weekends, needs to spend some time on Twitter to see that people are exchanging ideas non-stop.  The conversations between authors and authors and illustrators and illustrators are fascinating and...fun.  Enjoy what I've gathered here.  Enjoy your weekend.  Take time for reading.  The giveaways are at the bottom.  I will be doing weekly drawings.

Here's another delightful interview with Kate DiCamillo, 2014 Newbery Medalist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo:  Hope from a superhero squirrel.

Kevin Henkes On Children's Literature---a Wisconsin Public Radio interview makes for a great resource in an author study.

Are you ready for book trailers and author/illustrator chats?  Here they are!

Make sure you are ready for World Read Aloud Day by downloading the classroom activity kit.

This Mini Interview:  K. G. Campbell might be perfect for an author/illustrator study as well as this Flora and Flamingo:  Meet-the-Author Book Reading.

The free Children's Book Week poster and bookmark are up on their site.

Did you miss the #SharpSchu Book Club chat on Wednesday?  The archives are here.

Don't miss this list, Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth: 2014, from Booklist.

Fans of her body of work were extremely pleased with this news, 'Goodnight Songs' Collects Never-Seen Margaret Wise Brown Works.

The 2014 Hopkins Poetry Award Winners Announced.

Here are three outstanding links to use during March, Women's History Month; Women's History Month for Teachers, Women's History Month (Scholastic), and Women's History Teaching Resources.

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.

This is a great article on the purpose, the tradition, of storytelling, Around the Campfire by Donalyn Miller.

In case you've been wondering about the School Library Journal 2014 Battle of the Kids' Books Monica Edinger offers an explanation, Battle of the Kids' Books.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for these tweets.

When working on research with your students, this is a great list of 10 Of The Best Bibliography And Citation Tools For Students And Teacher Researchers.

Thanks to educator and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day..., Larry Ferlazoo for this tweet.

When working on your next Mock Caldecott election you might want to discuss of the points raised in this article, Just Enjoy the Pictures:  Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art

Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.

The new podcast is up on his blog, Let's Get Busy with author Katrina Moore

Thanks to Matthew C. Winner, elementary teacher librarian, founder of #slmshelfchallenge, co-founder of #geniuscon, 2013 Library Journal Tech Leader Movers & Shakers and blogger at The Busy Librarian, for this tweet.

Here is the first book trailer for her new book, Water Can Be.

Thanks to poet and children's writer, Laura Purdie Salas (Book Speak! Poems about Books) for this tweet.

Tweeted as the best darn book trailer you'll see all day, watch the premiere of The Meaning of Maggie.

Please take the time to review this list, Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters.

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

The Undead Poll is Now Open!  at the School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Kids' Books.

Thanks to the Battle Commander for these tweets.

I know more and more people are using infographics in their classrooms.  Several of the applications mentioned in this post have been reviewed on my blog.  This is an excellent resource, Infographics Kit.

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

The Spring 2014 Kids' Next Indie List has been released.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.

Enjoy the quotes, fun tweets in a series, tweets from conferences and Xena's pet picks.


  1. Thanks so much for gathering all of this wonderful information! I love reading each week.

    1. You're welcome, Crystal. Thank you for your kinds words.