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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Twitterville Talk #143

With the switch to daylight savings time, we lost an hour of reading time.  That does not seem to have slowed down the exchange of recommendations for best books to read nor the constant professional development on Twitter.  There are many new book releases coming in 2014.  The offerings in children's literature are better and better every year.  Several more inches of snow fell here last night and the winds are howling again.  This is going to be a reading weekend.  I hope your weekend is restful, relaxing and for those at conferences, just plain fun.  Enjoy the gathered tweets.  Good luck with the giveaways.

Are you ready for the March #SharpSchu Book Club?  Get all the details here.

Settle in, grab snacks and something to drink.  Here are the book trailers and chats with authors and illustrators about their work.

Here are some new poetry books you might want to consider using during any poetry study.  I have currently reviewed two of them on this blog.  Poems to Launch the Imagination

There are more thank you videos from the ALA Youth Media Award winners.  Go here.

Every minute of the inauguration ceremony for Kate DiCamillo as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature is worth watching.  But her speech begins at about minute 43:17.

Are you ready for School Library Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day?

Put these new titles on your list---High-Demand Hot List For Youth

There are some exciting winners to still be determined.  Check out the 7th Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards and 

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.

A new dot appeared this week at Celebri-dots.  Check out the creation of Melissa Morse. As a reminder, it's never too early to start getting ready for the next International Dot Day.

Thanks to Terry Shay, 5-12 vocal and computer teacher, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at T J On a Journey for this tweet.

This is a great article for using digital tools with reading and writing in the classroom, Corkulous for Read Aloud.  

Thanks to educator and blogger at A Year of Reading, Franki Sibberson for this post and tweet.

It's crucial to keep educating ourselves and our students about our online presence.  Here are 11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints.

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

If you are gearing up for National Poetry Month in April, you might want to check out this Poetry Poetry Poetry Symbaloo filled with resources.

Here's another excellent resource for teaching students copyright, Copyright BriefNOTES for Students.

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

It's been an exciting week at School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Kids' Books.  Several rounds have been decided, Round 1, Match 1: All The Truth That's In Me vs The Animal Book, Round 1, Match 2: Boxers and Saints vs A Corner of White, Round 1, Match 3: Doll Bones vs Eleanor and Park, and Round 1, Match 4: Far Far Away vs Flora and Ulysses.

Thanks to the Battle Commander for these tweets.

For fans of Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday here is a four-minute sneak peek at the movie adaptation.

Thanks to author illustrator Adam Rex (Moonday) for this tweet.

File this in the food for thought category, Think We No Longer Need Libraries?  Think Again.

Thanks to Tasha Saecker, librarian and blogger at Waking Brain Cells, for this tweet.

Take note of this list of fantastic book titles; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award: Master List 2014-2015

Thanks to teacher librarian, technology integrationist, VSLA board member and ISTE SIGLIB President-elect, Donna Macdonald for this tweet.

Author Sarah Lean (A Dog Called Homeless) is sponsoring a contest on her website.  Is your pet a hero?  There are fabulous prizes.

Thanks to Sarah Lean for this tweet.

Are you using any of the 10 Must Have Google Chrome Extensions?

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

As more applications become available for using screencasts in an educational, professional or personal setting, this might be useful---The Teacher's Guide To Using Screencasts In The Classroom

Thanks to Brian C. Bailey, Learning Technologies Senior Analyst, for this tweet.

This looks like pure fun to me.  It could be used in a classroom setting too!  Children's Book Themed Birthday Parties

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian and blogger at The Styling Librarian, for this tweet.

Don't miss this chance to win all three books from the outstanding series written by Julie Sternberg with illustrations by Matthew Cordell.  Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg|Book Series Giveaway

Thanks to The Publishing Guru for this tweet.

If you are not familiar with some or all of these web tools, you might want to check some of them out when you get a chance, The Top 10 Free Web Tools (As Chosen By You)  I have reviewed four of them here but will try to get to all of them.

Thanks to Edudemic for this tweet.

Wouldn't it be great to have one of these on every single school playground?  The Treehouse Library Or better yet...in your own backyard.

Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet and post.

Five Reasons to Read Aloud is a great post from author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Duck, Duck, Moose!).

Thanks to her for this tweet and post.

Have you seen this trailer?

Thanks to Schwartz & Wade Books for this tweet.

Enjoy the gathered quotes, tweets and announcements from this week.


  1. So much wonderful stuff here, as always! I love getting a peek into your week on Twitter, and I LOVE the great tweets, articles, photos, and resources you share. I am sure this blog post takes quite a bit of time to put together every week, so thank you.

    1. Thank you Elisabeth! It makes me happy to know that you enjoy what I collect from Twitter each week. I certainly appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. Happy Spring.