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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: December 13

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. As in last week's roundup, there are lots and lots of book lists, as well as several links to holiday gift guides. I will certainly be giving lots of books this year, especially to the kids in my life. Can't think of any of the kids who aren't getting at least one book, actually... Happy reading and gift-procuring!


Literacy, families and learning: Great Science Apps for Kids Aged 6-12 Years from @TrevorHCairney

Author Musings

Author Jeff Kinney: I’ve realised childhood is a universal condition | @MetroUK via @PWKidsBookshelf

Dolls in Literature: An Author Panel @PublishersWkly #kidlit

Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination | @GuardianBooks via @PWKidsBookshelf

Book Lists and Awards

Some different choices from other lists in the Parents Magazine Best Children’s Books of 2013 | @tashrow #kidlit

Stacked: "Best of 2013" YA List Breakdown, Part 2 @catagator #yalit

Can't argue with most of these: 10 Young Adult Novels That Adults Should Read from @airshipdaily #yalit

Latino Children's Literature That Should Top Lists from @NPRBooks via @PWKidsBookshelf

Responding to last week's @WSJ article, @StaceyLoscalzo shares recommended Children’s Books for Grown-Ups #kidlit

2013-0829_frca-logo_for-webInto the Wardrobe: The Winners of the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards @TarieS #kidlit

The best children's literature of 2013 according to @GuardianBooks via @bkshelvesofdoom #kidlit

The Cath in the Hat: A Year-End Round-Up of favorite #kidlit. Like me, Cath adores SOPHIE'S SQUASH and PENNY

12 Days of Mysteries: Day 1 at Sleuths, Spies, Aliblis with fine #kidlit mystery picks from @KKittscher

16 Winter-themed Chapter Books for Kids recommended by @momandkiddo (I love BREADCRUMBS) #kidlit

Guy Friday- Foul Trouble review plus list of basketball-themed books for middle schoolers from @msyingling #kidlit

It's Here! NYPL's Children's Books for Reading + Sharing 2013 | @NYPL via @bkshelvesofdoom @FuseEight #kidlit


Quite a solid response from @Jonathanhliu @GeekDads to questions about his male-author dominated picture book list

Nice! Raising sci fi/fantasy loving kids to be the decent fans of tomorrow, w/ diverse SFF for kids @charlotteslib

Gift Ideas and Guides

A message to those without children about buying gifts for kids from the mom at I Gave Up By Noon via @fuseeight

Matchmaking with Books | How Becky Levine helps find books as gifts for kids #kidlit

Making a list? Check these twice! | Suggestion lists for finding holiday gifts for kids from Joanne @ReadingRockets

Looking for the just-right children's book this holiday season? @Scholastic Give the Gift of Reading Guide can help:

Growing Bookworms

I do love the idea of book advent calendar. I'm going to try it next year. Meanwhile, read about one at Sunlit Pages

Boys Read: Want a Boy to Read? Listen First. Guest article from Jake Ball @Booksforchildrn on helping boys find books

Matching Books to Readers: @growingbbb reviews + likes @ZoobeanForKids book subscription service

The 5Rs: Encouraging Early #Literacy Skills while reading with toddlers + preschoolers, from @readingwithbean


Very nice! @100scopenotes + @mrschureads are giving away The 2013 Notable Children's Books from @NYTimes list

Infographic | Homes of Classic Literature w/ floor plans. Incl. The Secret Garden @terrysfabrics via @bkshelvesofdoom

On Reading, Writing, Publishing

Stacked: "Best of 2013" and "Best of 2012" YA Lists Compared & What We Should Talk About @catagator #yalit

A Writer Can Be... a Super-Sneaky #Cybils Student: A Guest Post By @LauraPSalas @scbwi via @leewind

Remember when books looked like this? "Who decided that only baby books should have pictures?" asks @LaurelSnyder

Cynsations: Guest Post: @gregpincus on Writing & Marketing with Serious Lead Time @CynLeitichSmith

Down-to-earth advice for writers on the publication process from @camphalfblood Rick Riordan

Love this! Waterstones spoofs Amazon drones with owls @TelegraphBooks via @tashrow

RT @tashrow Kent University ‘penitent’ after belittling children’s books | Books #kidlit

Well-done piece by Alexandra Alter in @wsj on adults reading + driving up sales for #kidlit #ChooseKind


Words on parenting to live by in this post sharing thoughts from Erma Bombeck @staceyloscalzo 's blog

Picture Book News

Mr-Tiger-Activity-Kit-cover-231x300Mr. Tiger Goes Wild fans, you can now download a printable activity kit from @itspeterbrown website via @blueslipper

Via @100scopenotes the next @The_Pigeon Pigeon book will be THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH (4/1/14) #kidlit

Programs and Research

Good to hear at Guys Lit Wire: Many Thanks for a MOST Successful Holiday Book Fair for Ballou! @chasingray

Have You Registered for World Read Aloud Day? How will you celebrate? asks @frankisibberson @litworldsays

Schools and Libraries

Depressing! Los Angeles School Libraries Losing Materials as They Lose Librarians | School Library Journal @sljournal

Pew's Internet Study: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities. via @bkshelvesofdoom

Top Ten Ways to Encourage Children to Read Over Winter Break by @katsok @nerdybookclub #literacy

A very nice success story on creating a reading culture in a high school by @djolleywrites @nerdybookclub

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