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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: #Teaching, #STEM, Reading Choice + more

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book lists, chapter books, science books, diversity, Global School Play Day, Black History Month, growing bookworms, book reviews, creativity, schools, libraries, Genius Hour, STEM, and reading choice. I also shared a few #JoyOfLearning links, with quotes, in a post yesterday. 

Book Lists + Awards

A #BookList with timeless appeal from Jennifer Wharton: Pink and Fancy #PictureBooks  #kidlit http://ow.ly/XLikU 

Read Around Town: The Dentist's Office, 10 #PictureBooks about dentists + teeth from @mrskatiefitz  #BookList http://ow.ly/XUh5a 

18+ American Folktales and Tall Tales for Kids from @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/XOUSj  #PictureBooks #kidlit

Review Round-Up: Books for Beginning Readers (easy readers + chapter books), January 2016, by @mrskatiefitz  #kidlit http://ow.ly/XGXMj 

A good list: Top 10 (or so) Chapter Books for Transitioning Readers by @librarianarika @NerdyBookClub  #kidlit http://ow.ly/XJsGi 

A Tuesday Ten @TesseractViews |#kidlit that takes place on the Red Planet (Mars)  http://ow.ly/XRLDI  #BookList

2016 AAAS/Subaru Prizes for Excellent in #Science Books: @tashrow shares winners in #PictureBook, middle grade, YA http://ow.ly/XGXAa 

2016 @EJKeats Book Awards for best new talents announced. Congratulations to @Devas_T + @PhoebeWahl  #kidlit http://ow.ly/XXDwF 

2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list is out from @YALSA@tashrow shares the top 10 http://ow.ly/XXYLF  #YA #BookList

2016 Great #GraphicNovels for Teens, a #BookList from @YALSA shared by @tashrow http://ow.ly/XUgUL  #kidlit

Diversity

African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (books published 2011-2016) — @fuseeight http://ow.ly/XOU5c  #kidlit

Increasing #Diversity in #kidlit Reviews: Behind the Scenes w/ @sljournal "Gatekeeper" @LibraryVoice @ReadWhileWhite http://ow.ly/XRKtw 

Where are the #diverse children's books? | @mumfordmumford @MPRNews  @LEEandLOW @mattdelapena http://ow.ly/XXDNb 

Events + Programs

GSPDPlay, Baby, PLAY! Why teachers should participate in Global School Play Day on Feb. 3 #GSPD @GSPlayDay http://ow.ly/XJtHQ  #PLAY

Interview of founder of 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair @brownbookshelf  #BlackHistoryMonth http://ow.ly/XOTEC 

Informational #PictureBooks Celebrating African American History | Joy Fleishacker @sljournal http://ow.ly/XY1eC  #BlackHistoryMonth

McNuggets with a side of 'Paddington': McDonald's serves books in Happy Meals for 2016 @paperhaus @latimes http://ow.ly/XY2nQ 

Growing Bookworms

Thoughts from @frankisibberson on new Every Child a Super Reader book by @ernestmorrell + @pamallyn @Scholastic http://ow.ly/XOUCi 

"Anytime we tell someone that what they’re reading is wrong.. we make them like reading a little less" @JulieFalatko http://ow.ly/XRLcA 

#RaisingReaders: How My Parents Raised Readers w/out Being Avid Readers, guest post by @housefullbkwrms @SunlitPages http://ow.ly/XOVre 

Good advice here from @BookChook | Three Parent Plans to Create a Strong Reader  #GrowingBookworms http://ow.ly/XXZp7 

Reading Ahead! How to Keep Your Advanced Reader Challenged and Interested - @JenniBuchanan @ReadingRainbow http://ow.ly/XRMuE 

Why It's Never Too Early To Start Reading With Your Kids | @HPCAParents @canpaedsociety  #RaisingReaders http://ow.ly/XLlHy 

Going Schoolwide w/ Reading Engagement: Start with Success (+ lots of interesting books) says @ReadByExample http://ow.ly/XJsM7 

Keeping Independent Reading FUN is Critical to Student Achievement | Judy Newman from @Scholastic at @NEAToday http://ow.ly/XY1QX 

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

UK author SF Said campaigns for more children's book reviews in newspapers says @TheBookseller http://ow.ly/XS7He  via @PWKidsBookshelf 

.@Amazon Is Said to Be Planning an Expansion w/ up to 400 Retail Bookstores @nickwingfield @NYTimes http://ow.ly/XUih4 

Parenting

Stanford educator Denise Pope says students need more sleep, family time, @chalsuccess in @MercuryNews http://ow.ly/XLlUG  #EdChat

RT @TedFujimoto: How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off http://nyti.ms/1nv0ZIj  #creativity #edchat #deeperlearning

Playful Learning

10 Ways to Make Handwriting Practice Fun, guest post by @Creekside_Learn for @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/XUhn3  #JoyOfLearning

How Turning #Math Into Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life + get kids clamoring for more @LindaFlanagan2 http://ow.ly/XUiGJ 

Schools and Libraries

Enough with the Teacher Talk- Ideas from @PernilleRipp for Getting More Student Talk (like, just ask the question) http://ow.ly/XHGU6 

The Professional Books that Changed Me as a Teacher (and why for each) by @PernilleRipp http://ow.ly/XRLlQ  #teaching #EdChat

Tips for Parents in Week 1 of School (& Some for Teachers Too!) from @TrevorHCairney in Australia http://ow.ly/XRK4K  #learning

'Micro Schools' (< 150 kids) Could Be New Competition for Private K-12 @AriannaProthero @EducationWeek http://ow.ly/XOXO9 

What Character Strengths Should Educators Focus On and How? (Results from Boston study) @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED http://ow.ly/XOSfB 

So You Teach a Whole Class Novel – A Small Idea to Help keep the process positive for all students @PernilleRipp http://ow.ly/XOTxJ 

"one of the most valuable things educators can do is to help kids accept + celebrate mistakes" @AndReaBeaty at #4OCF http://ow.ly/XGYcv 

Laughter In the Library: Reading and Sharing Books That Make Kids Smile by @LarnetteS @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/XGXPb  #kidlit

Kindergarten teacher: Don’t blame us if your kids are overworked. It isn’t our fault @ValerieStrauss @washingtonpost http://ow.ly/XH0YF 

The 4 essentials of a successful #GeniusHour (1: let students explore their passions) by @jillbad @ESchoolNews http://ow.ly/XGZXL 

Thoughts from @ReadByExample on how to handle #reading logs in high school (try using social media) http://ow.ly/XXZCS  #teaching

STEM

Finding the #Math in Storybooks for Young Children, why and how | Herbert P. Ginsburg @MindShiftKQED  #STEM http://ow.ly/XRJx8 

Full #STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a #STEM #Education | @mbteach @Edutopia http://ow.ly/XOWSk 

Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions (Yes for business, no for #STEM). Study at @WSJ http://ow.ly/XOSUx 

#CommonCore standards for mathematics expect students to conceptually understand math @dailyjournalnet http://ow.ly/XOMex  #STEM

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: #DiverseBooks, #RaisingReaders, Creativity + more

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics include book awards, book lists, snow days, speculative fiction, the Cybils awards, poetry, diverse books, gender, STEM, coding, Multicultural Children's Book Day, Black History Month, growing bookworms, grit, parenting, schools, libraries, creativity, publishing, Mo Willems, reading, and growth mindset. 

Book Lists and Awards

Why “The Hired Girl” Won the 2016 O’Dell Award (w/ recap of controversy)  

Snow Problem: 7 Books for Snowy Days | by

Slightly More Recent Books on Slavery for Young People, list from  

A Tuesday Ten from | The most recent Speculative Fiction titles that won the Newbery

Cybils

For : Ones that Got Away per

RT @SLJournal:What to Read? Check out and the — Good Comics for Kids  

Diversity + Gender

A good thing: gets more realistic with 3 new body types + 7 skin colors, reports

"Books are tools through which children + adults see the framework of difference + learn to deal w/ it"  

Including in Your Home Library: Global Kids by w/

RT @SLJournal: Book Publishing—from Executives to Reviewers—Is White and Female, Survey Finds

Infographic from in Publishing: 2015 survey shared

Details on the book drive that is doing to support Marley Dias'

Support Pours In for 11 yo Girl Gathering 1000 Books w/ Black Girl Protagonists |

MCBDUseful! Resources for Finding Multicultural Children's Books from

Kids missing out on fab books b/c adults around them think there are books for boys vs for girls"

Really good article: 8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding by  

Events + Programs

28dayslogo (1)Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees, authors/illustrators to be showcased during

Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories reviewed by for |

Growing Bookworms

"learning to read pictures is the first step in learning to read" on writing  

How We Created A Community of Readers |Looking for next steps beyond finding reading time by teacher

Why schools must create a culture of reading, w/ concrete tips for teachers from

Miscellaneous

Bosses: Are You Too Gritty for Your Own Good? Do you keep trying to win losing battles

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

An informal taxonomy of Childfree adults in children's literature from Clémentine Beauvais  

Cool! will oversee new Elephant & Piggie Like Reading line of early readers for reports

The Conversation Around A Birthday Cake for George Washington | rounds up links, in time order

How Storytelling Works in the Brain and Why We (especially students) Need Stories via

Why You Should Read 50 Books This Year (+ What to Read + How To Do It) by via

Parenting

Five Tips for Watching Videos with Toddlers (Plus a List of Favorites!) from  

"Just as effort alone can’t deliver results, praising effort isn’t enough to help a child.."

Schools and Libraries

The loss of (UK) libraries is another surefire way to entrench | Mary O'Hara

"what are the best ways that + can cultivate creativity?" Start of conversation at

On schools moving from Standardization to Personalization by after reading

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms? by (helping kids uncover unique gifts)

Cultivating a Classroom Culture of Creativity (e.g. add Stop and Think time) by at blog

Makes sense to me: Teacher Burnout Is More Likely Among reports

9 Reasons Every Educator Should Embrace Change from principal w/ ideas from

How Can Schools Tap Into Parent Power For the Good of Students? On teacher home visits |

"we don’t focus on being able to learn that much in schools" but on making sure kids can be taught

Technology for the Sake of Technology: Consider the Why and the How says

8 competencies that schools should facilitate per SirKenRobinson in CREATIVE SCHOOLS, shared by

Ten Things Drawing Can Teach Us About (high levels of creativity, insight, etc) from

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: World Read Aloud Day, Mathical List and Reading Aloud

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book awards, diverse books, mysteries, Mathical list, Martin Luther King Day, Little House on the Prairie, STEM, feminism, picture books, math, World Read Aloud Day, First Book, growing bookworms, literacy, reading aloud, schools, libraries, play, nonfiction, and teaching. 

Awards

"Drum Dream Girl" by Margarita Engle Wins 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a PB:  

Announces 2016 Winners of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding in category

2016 Book Awards Roundup: APALA, Amelia Bloomer Project, and Other Non-YMA Awards |

RT @PWKidsBookshelf: Edgar nominations announced: see the nominees for Best Juvenile and Best Young Adult Mystery

Book Lists

A I love: The 2016 Mathical List from + | quality math-related fiction +  

Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day from

The has announced their Choices for 2016, + up by category w/ diversity via

Books for Kids Who Like Little House on the Prairie from

Embracing the Darkness in Middle Grade Fiction | The Upper Deck | new column by Tara Kron

Funny, Action-Packed, Poignant | Middle Grade Series Update | Christopher Lassen

Diversity + Gender

Coming of Age, Universality + Reads You can relate to people who aren’t like you  

The Power of by "There’s a confidence that my kids have that they belong"

renewed campaign by to send girls messages of empowerment + support

Why STEM’s Future Rests In The Hands Of 12-Year-Old Girls by Erin Sawyer

Top 10 feminist heroes in children's fiction per Ronia, Lyra, + more

Events + Programs

WRAD2016Leading up to , it's Friendship Week. on how reading helps us connect + make the world friendlier  

This is neat! 11-year-old Jersey girl launches campaign via

Read a Book w/ an Astronaut on International Space Station w/ video library via

Vote for your state to win 100,000 books for kids from +

Growing Bookworms

Shaking Up Storytime with by | sharing visual art of WITH kids  

Babies Need Words Every Day blog tour: How encourages families to Read with their babies

Babies Need Words Every Day Blog Tour for | Singing in Story Time by

Let's Talk! Babies Need Words Every Day, and families need library workers who know this

BabiesNeedWordsBabies Need Words Every Day Blog Tour: Incorporating Play! in the Library by

Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet Video

Benefits of the Bite-Size Read (e.g. short story or mag article) by

Top Ten Ways to Match Books to Readers ("Create Buzz" + more) by + Maureen Mooney Corbo

RT @ReachOutAndRead:"Next time you read to your baby, pay attention to his babbling and respond."

11 Simple Ideas to Promote the No Matter What You Teach from principal

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Good advice here: 99 Ways to Spread the Word About a Book You Love by  

. on Writing, Trinidadian Folklore, + Scary Stories | interview by

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Let’s Have Some Cake — w/ lots of comment discussion on Washington book

WARNING: This Book Might Be Recalled. Read it Fast. Decry it Faster. questions recall

. "By caving in to public pressure... you demonstrate a craven lack of faith in your own standards"

Writing Advice for Children + Teens (e.g. there's no such thing as writer's block) by via

What's Up in ? December 2015/Early January 2016 in YA News from adaptations, losses, + more

Parenting

6 Rules That Don’t Exist That Will Surprise Most Parents from parents

Playful Learning

Ideas on ways to use the shapes around you as learning opportunities for young kids, from  

What I Learned From Sherlock. Need to allow kids time to daydream + explore, by

RT @KimberlyEHart: Play is an essential building block for learning! 50 reasons why :

Ideas for Early Around the House: The Bathroom (sing songs, write in mirror fog) from

Schools and Libraries

Selecting and Promoting in Your by Organizer Jennifer Wharton

How Empowering Influential Kids Can Change School Culture For the Better |  

Encouraging word on report re: Rethinking College Admissions process to be less frenzied

And the take on new report: Educators Seek to Ease Pressure in College Admissions Process from

A lesson for teaching taken from Patriots coach Bill Belichick: focus on showing positive examples by

in Middle School "have made the single biggest difference in the life of this teacher"

Is the Just a Scam to Sell Books? | Marc Aronson sees commitment, not greed

6 ways to support kids who don’t take ownership of learning (e.g. give more choice in little things)

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: #ALAyma, #STEM, #DiverseBooks + more

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Not included here, I shared some #JoyOfLearning articles earlier this week, with quotes and my comments. Topics in this post include: book lists, science fiction, teacher training, World Read Aloud Day, learning activities, the Cybils Awards, creativity, audiobooks, the ALA Youth Media Awards, STEM, diverse books, gender, picture books, parenting, and schools. 

Awards

2016: reviews of the winners. Congratulations to etc.

Reaction Tweets of the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners, gathered by http://ow.ly/X4utv 

"Your favorite books are worthy of (your) love, even if they didn't win an official award" reminds http://ow.ly/X4vyP 

Winners of the 2016 Dolly Gray Children’s Lit Award (effective portrayals of developmental disabilities) http://ow.ly/X4vFh 

Book Lists

Great for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a from

13 Books That Carry On the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. | by

Some favorite Multicultural Books for Preschoolers from

May the Facts Be with You | Mind-Boggling Stats, Marvels, and Daredevil Feats | Vicki Reuter

The latest Card Catalog podcast from highlights a variety of science-themed w/ more titles here:

2016 Rainbow List, a bibliography of high-quality books w/ significant GLBTQ content, aimed at kids up to 18

Compilation of Stacked Readers' Favorite Female-Driven Young Adult Novels from

Beyond the Stars: Sci-Fi Read-Alikes for “The 5th Wave” Fans | Joy Fleishhacker

Cybils

2015 – The Ones That Got Away in speculative fiction, from at Stacked

2015 Finalists Announced; Accepting Symposium Proposals + more teen news | http://ow.ly/WYCgE 

How did Finalists fare at the ALA Youth Media Awards? has the scoop http://ow.ly/WXNDk 

Roundup of posts about 2015 Finalists: The Ones That Got Away on the blog http://ow.ly/WVwrp 

The 2015 Finalists: What’s Being Said, Part 3 http://ow.ly/WRPXO 

Diversity + Gender

Go, indies, go! Independent booksellers compete to sell the most copies of certain says

"The gender gap in fields in general, + cybersecurity in particular, begins at home and in school" http://ow.ly/WVxak 

Top Ten Books That Colored My Whitewashed World by http://ow.ly/WVwNv 

On the need for more Books in Spanish to Enhance Latino Family | Margarita Engle http://ow.ly/WVtz3 

Why are there so few girls in children’s books? Jennie Yabroff kept noticing once she paid attention http://ow.ly/WOswM 

Events + Programs

WRAD2016World Read Aloud Day + are celebrating this as "Curiosity Week"

Great to see all the things that has been + will be accomplishing for in this recap:

One month to go until International on 2/14 | has the scoop: http://ow.ly/X4v8t 

For this week's Multicultural Children's Book Day shares two books from Chinese culture http://ow.ly/X1NMc 

Growing Bookworms

"Keep it fun", on Reading Picture Books With Children: An Interview with by Alicia Eames  

Schools that Read Together: Cultivating Reading Communities at the Secondary Level by

"If our true goal ... is to make students fall in love with books, then audio-books are a must"

Playful Learning / Creativity

14 Ways to Build Language Skills While Making a Pot of Soup | Featuring one of our fave books: Soup Day:

10 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently (e.g. follow their dreams): Andrew Tate via http://ow.ly/WVvrw 

Lessons in math don’t have to be so boring. on puzzles/games to entice students http://ow.ly/WRyoA 

Be you. The world will adjust. hopes his daughter retains her ability to do and see things her own way http://ow.ly/WXKB1 

Schools and Libraries

"We can’t regulate our way to higher teacher quality, but we can teach our way" Shael Polakow-Suransky

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to | new book excerpt http://ow.ly/X4sK6

Why Do Students Love (or Hate) to Read? This Teacher Asks Hers to Figure That Out for Themselves by http://ow.ly/WXRps 

How to Fix the Country’s Failing Schools. And How Not To (examples from NJ) by David L. Kirp in http://ow.ly/WVzWv 

Analyzing Reading Behaviors: A MUST for Every Teacher of Reading from Carla at Adventures in Land http://ow.ly/WVwGT 

Comprehensive piece: How Business Got Schooled in War Over Standards by in http://ow.ly/WUC85 

Kindergarten Today Looks Like First Grade a Decade Ago, reports on research from UVA study http://ow.ly/WOtCG 

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: January 8

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Please note that I am sharing links related to the #JoyOfLearning and education via separate posts (with quotes and notes). Those links are not included here. Topics this week include: book lists, the Cybils Awards, literacy programs, libraries, nonfiction, overparenting, World Read Aloud Day, raising readers, STEM, and genius hour.

Awards

The 2016 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz says

Close to the wire: Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Final Prediction Edition from

Book Lists

A standout among the year-end favorites lists: 100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2015 —

A good resource here: My Top Children’s Picks for 2015 from

14 about Perseverance for Kids from | possibly useful in encouraging "growth mindset"

Kicking off new Read Around Town series, shares about visiting the Doctor's Office

Recommendations from the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Cybils

Cybils-Logo-2015-Round-SmHappy New Year! And Happy Day! The shortlists are live and are fabulous:

MG Realistic Fiction Finalists and the Ones That Got Away according to

The 2015 EMGSF Panel: The Ones That Got Away, according to

Card Catalog Podcast talks about some of 's favorite finalists + winners from past Awards

Very cool spiderweb showing links between @kimberlymarief 's reading for 2015 speculative fiction

Fab reactions: The 2015 Finalists: What’s Being Said Online, Part 1

More reactions: The 2015 Finalists: What’s Being Said Online, Part 2 |

Celebrating ! Thoughts from organizer Jennifer at Jean Little Library on many of the shortlist titles

Happy New Year - Let the Reading Begin | suggests using the shortlists for book ideas

Awards 2015: The Ones That Got Away in Speculative Fiction, from organizer

Diversity

Why do so many kids' books treat as a black and white (only) issue? Need cultural diffs

Events + Programs

IBGD-poster-bennewmanInternational Book Giving Day (IBGD) 2016 is February 14th: shares new logo designed by

Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2016–17 |

This is delightful: California Teens Create Center—and a Brighter Future—for Preschoolers |

January Activity Calendar celebrating events, authors, book birthdays, + favorite books from

New campaign from encourages reading with kids (inc. after age 5)

Library Garden + Future Home of Statue OK'd by City (NY)

WRAD2016Let’s All Connect for LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day 2016!

World Read Aloud Day 2016 – A Call for Skype Read-Aloud Volunteers! from

Counting down strengths from reading for This week is focused on Belonging. shares:

Cool! Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting & Mass Transit

Growing Bookworms

"Getting students to love reading is about access, interest and engagement". reads aloud w/ 10 yo son

Encouraging Readers (2 sons) w/ Different Learning Styles, guest post by

10 Surefire Tips for Maximizing Student Reading Stamina: start w/ "Value Independent Reading" Lara Robb

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

What’s Trending? What Is, What Was, What’s Soon to Be in Imaginary friends + chickens

Intentional Reading and why is going to in 2016

Smiling Slaves in Post-A Fine Dessert World, proof "that intelligent people can disagree" Vicky Smith

Useful stuff in: So, You Want to Work in Publishing: Advice from a Editor

Parenting

Overparenting: 5 Recovery Steps From a Former Stanford Dean |

So true: "we are doing our children ... a disservice if we teach them that failure is bad"

Playful Learning

Math Tic Tac Toe from sounds like a game that my math-loving daughter might enjoy

Schools and Libraries

How Saying + Showing Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School (esp. math) excerpt

Buy It! What Are You Afraid Of? argues for libraries buying multiple copies of the books kids request

Quick Tips: Focus on : (inquiry based learning experience at school), by for BookList

Interesting... 'A Bit Of A Montessori 2.0': Khan Academy Opens A Lab School via

Re-imagining School for Introverted Teachers >> 2 hours volunteering in kid's classroom wipes me out.

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: New Year's Eve / Cybils Edition

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's been a very quiet week, but there are a few posts worth checking out. Topics include book lists, football books, diverse books, reading aloud, growing bookworms, home libraries, screen time, education books, parenting, growth mindset, and schools.

Cybils-Logo-2015-Round-SmMost importantly, stay tuned for the announcement of the Cybils Shortlists, due out first thing on New Years Day at www.Cybils.com. The Cybils Shortlists are lists of 5 to 7 titles in each of 10+ categories, guaranteed by blogger judges to be both well-written and kid-friendly. The lists are a fabulous resource!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Book Lists

Month by Month: Books About the Year, from

The 50 Best Books for 7- and 8-Year-Olds per - contributed, too  

In her newest Podcast shares a big list of football books for kids

of Britain's Favourite Children's Books per Sunday Times Editor Nicolette Jones

A Tuesday Ten: in 2015 Speculative Fiction ow.ly/WhDxE 

Cybils

Anticipation.... New Year's Day is also Shortlist Day! Stay tuned for this great resource, says  

Growing Bookworms

Review Round-Up: Books for Beginning Readers (easy readers + chapter books), December 2015 from  

One Dad’s Reading Resolutions for New Year: To not "criticize books that my kid really, really loves"

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year, by age group, from ow.ly/WtomB 

Great poster encouraging reading aloud in 2016! RT @MrSchuReads 16 Reasons to Make 2016 the Year of the Read-Aloud

Establishing a Community of Readers, 5 essential elements of getting children excited about reading

What is the Best Investment Plan For Your Child's Future? A home library, says , so don't wait ow.ly/WolLj  

Screen Time

POP! Parents of Preschoolers: Tips on Managing Screen Time when using media w/ small children from  

Books vs. e-books: The science behind the best way to read | via

Schools and Libraries

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016 by ed consultant ow.ly/Wom4p 

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains |  

How Do You Know Which Books To Purchase? A Few Tips to Help Build A Better Classroom Library from

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: December 23

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's been a quiet week, and thus this is a fairly short list. But there is definitely some interesting reading here for those in need of distraction. Topics this week include: book lists, mock ala awards, books for tweens, diverse books, nonfiction, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, family reading, growing bookworms, Christmas books, podcasts, parenting, and schools. 

Wishing those who celebrate it a wonderful Christmas, and wishing everyone peace, joy, and understanding in the New Year! I'll be back after January 1st. Thanks so much for reading. 

Book Lists + Awards

Rounding up tons of Mock Election Results via  

All I want for Christmas are...Board Books, new by

Chapter Books for an 8 Year Old Boy: 10 exciting series to keep him reading, chosen by  

Big List of Books for Tween Girls from (mom of an 11 y.o. girl)  

Diversity + Gender

Dreaming of Books: The I want to see (eg realistic fiction featuring Latina girls) from Jennifer Wharton  

Guest Post by on blog: I Am So Over Writing About Strong Girls

Events + Programs

Press Release : 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature To Be Inaugurated on Jan 7, 2016  

Cool! Maryland to mail free books each month to Baltimore children under age 6 via  

Growing Bookworms

ReadingRainbowdefault-logoSuggestions to Rekindle Your Child's Love of Reading Over the Holidays from

Family Reading Resolutions for the New Year to help keep reading a family focus from  

Holiday Posts and Gift Guides

Have Some Holly, Jolly | Christmas-ish book recommendations from

Gift Ideas for Hands-on Reading: Playing with Interactive Board Books from

Five reasons to get your holiday gifts from a bookstore by Shoshana Flax ow.ly/W6flw 

This is very fun! Wear Your Favorite Book Around Your Neck | via ow.ly/W3bi7  

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Guest Post by on about in Thinking re Kids and (including )

If you liked reading…you may like listening to… (book/podcast pairs) by +

Parenting

Parenting in the Age of Awfulness: How to instill cvility despite today's culture of disrespect

A wish by Nicola Morgan that we give ourselves + our kids this season  

Class Differences in Child-Rearing Are on the Rise reports from survey

Schools and Libraries

Sigh. Kindergarten Has Become the New First Grade. The new preschool is crushing kids:  

How is still "sharing the book love" as an administrator (no longer in the classroom)

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: December 18

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's been a bit of a light week, but topics include re-reading, writing, eBooks, picture books, book awards, best books, diverse books, reading logs, libraries, gift books, morris awards, Unicef, and National Cookie Day. 

Book Lists + Awards

. Releases Their Annual Lists of best children's books, from to

Our Favorite Dads of 2015 | via  

17 Of The Most Beautifully Illustrated In 2015, by Loryn Brantz

Here are "The New Classics" of children's literature, per teacher Kelly Gallagher-Mack

Top Ten Kids' Books for Foodies by Erin Johnson ow.ly/W2T99  + more

All Things Debut | Morris Awards & November/December Releases highlighted by at Stacked

Stand-Out Books of 2015 according to (whose opinion I value) ow.ly/W2R9y 

Diversity

10 children's books that feature diverse characters | Corinne Segal  

21 Children's Books Every Black Kid Should Read via

Events + Programs

Sounds fun! Children's Writers & Illustrators Conf. | Jan 23-24 w/ + + more

Friday 12/18 is apparently National Cookie Baking Day. has a podcast + book suggestions w/ cooking

Bringing books to children in Thailand’s remote mountain districts | via  

Growing Bookworms + Young Writers

New Year's With Kids: Ideas that Promote Reading and Writing from  

Ten Ways Kid Writers Are Just Like Grownup Writers by ow.ly/VSG7K 

Questions to Ask When Kids Aren’t Reading | "Do they have choice?" + more ideas from ow.ly/W2SH3 

Holiday Book Lists and Gift Ideas

Gift Books 2015: 25 to give this season |

Advice from on ways that you can use money to buy happiness | For yourself, spend on your health  

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Hello, Old Friend, Time to Read You Again - on the pleasures + insights that come from re-reading a favorite

On why kids and adults sometimes crave reading books again and again and again by Miriam Halahmy  

boost boys' reading abilities (+ make them think reading is "cool"), research finds, reports

Why This Book? The Conundrum of Virality (of controversy) and A Fine Dessert — ow.ly/W2TVT 

These are fun! 24 Things People Slightly Obsessed With Reading Know To Be True ow.ly/VZXlI 

Lots of good stuff here: 2015’s Biggest Moments in Children’s and YA Literature | ow.ly/W3aKV 

Parenting

Simple word, memory & observation games that will shorten any holiday trip with kids by  

Steps to Help Foster a Preschooler’s Spatial Reasoning Skills | Language, mapping, blocks + more News

Schools and Libraries

Some Thoughts On Reading Logs from teacher | "What can we do ... to make them better for students?"  

This is cool! N.Y. Public Library to Host a Reading Recommendation Booth | via

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: December 11

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book lists, Nancy Drew, early readers, disabled characters, diversity, audiobooks, choosing books, growing bookworms, Christmas books, Poetry Friday, publishing, parenting, schools, and libraries. 

Book Lists + Awards

Guest Post by at | A Children's Librarian's Top 10 Read-Aloud (+ why)

Something Old, Something New | Old Favorites and New Trends in Easy Readers | Barbara Auerbach

2016 Geisel Award Predictions — + more

Inside and Outside the Human Body: A Closer Look in books for kids, from Joy Fleishhacker  

Beyond River Heights: Four Books for Nancy Drew Fans, by

Best Picture Books of 2015, in various categories, according to ow.ly/VJPWN 

Diversity

Why I want more disabled characters in books, + which author is "king" of this |  

Favorite Latin@ children's and YA Titles of 2015 from

Let's Get More Kids of Color Excited About Reading says in via ow.ly/VJQ2z 

Events + Programs

Reading is more than just good for the mind. It’s good for the heart. It’s good for the world  

Apparently it is National Cookie Day. has a delicious List

Growing Bookworms

: Discovering Kids' Books on Audio (Guest Post by Linnae Harper )  

Choosing Books for Your Kids With Intention (+ Why Changed the Way She Was Doing It)

How Does a Principal Foster a Love of Reading in her Own Children by ow.ly/VvcQz 

Early Around the House: The Living Room | alphabet puzzles, family photo stories + more from ow.ly/VFGqB 

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids | ow.ly/VGBN9 

Holiday Booklists and Gift Guides

'Tis the Season: 150 Ways to Give a Book from | great books + more

The Best Christmas Books for Reading Aloud, per ow.ly/VCKzD  | Ahlbergs, Clement Moore, Scarry, Tolkien + more

Easy Reader/Early Chapter Books for the Holidays, new from chair ow.ly/VDBd1  

Do Not Buy These Books This Holiday Season | tongue-in-cheek advice from + contributors ow.ly/VGBCU 

Dad, This Book's About Us! | Gift ideas: Books for dads to read with their kids, from ow.ly/VJOEX 

I Wish, I Wish – A Gift Guide (Or Not) For Teachers (Tip #1: Stay away from the apples) from ow.ly/VJPlN 

Kidlitosphere

Fun stuff! 2015 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea — | Featuring + more  

Various tidbits of interest in Fusenews: Reader’s Advisory – Not Just for Librarians Anymore —

-- Call for 2016 Roundup Hosts from | "It's like hosting a poetry party on your blog!" ow.ly/Vvclx 

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Some ideas for the next great American kid's-book-based theme park (after Hunger Games) from  

Lots of interesting discussions here: What Talking About?: November 2015 in YA News from

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch on the Future of Publishing in ow.ly/Vv9EY  via

Parenting

New report on self-regulation. e.g. "Non-cognitive skills predict high school and college completion"

3 Simple Priorities To Raise Healthy, Balanced Kids (including "reading time") by  

Disaster Distress Resources — list from Andrew Roszak , shared by

Schools and Libraries

I gave my students iPads — then wished I could take them back, OpEd by teacher Launa Hall in Post  

New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing via

Newly signed ESSA provides school libraries w/ dedicated revenue stream to enhance services + resources

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: December 4

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this over the past two weeks @JensBookPage (I took Thanksgiving week off from blogging). Due to the time of year, book awards, "best of" lists, and gift guides are well represented, along with book lists, gender, diversity, growing bookworms, reading, schools, libraries, parenting, ninja books, and common core. 

Awards and "Best of" Lists

David Almond Wins Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2015, reports

The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2015 by  

The Notable Children’s Books of 2015 list includes + more

Happy 4th Anniversary, by w/ launch of 2015 Nerdy Book Club Awards ow.ly/VliI1 

Fanfare! Magazine's choices for best books of 2015, through ow.ly/Vi8Sy 

SLJ’s Best of 2015 | Books, Apps, and More, w/ printable PDF + lots of | ow.ly/V20qe 

The Book Awards have been announced. has the scoop. ow.ly/UZMrj 

Thoughts on Newbery: The Nature of Distinguished, in reference to THE HIRED GIRL from

Book Lists

Favorite Children’s Books About Winter (season, solstice, nature, snow + snowmen), from  

Recommended books about adoption, through , from for

Our) Best of 2015 (Part 4) from + more

Recommended Books for Older Readers (kids + adults), November 2015, from

Diversity + Gender

Ouch! If you enjoyed a good book + you're a woman, the critics think you're wrong |

Strong Opinion Piece : Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of Lit by Kelly Jensen ow.ly/V55tD 

For 2016, is going to read entirely women authors. On she tells why + addresses FAQs ow.ly/V22Ak 

The Campaign | wants people to give Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle this holiday ow.ly/V4ZcY 

How Diverse Literature Can Make Middle School Easier by Noah Cho via  

Twinja Book Reviews Kicks Off 3rd Annual Month by interviewing

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2015 that has seen that are ow.ly/V23Yn 

Rick Riordan cheers end of book covers that whitewash black hero via ow.ly/UTvsw 

Events + Programs

RIFF_logoThe Gift of Reading is "more than fundamental. It's transformative." shines a light on

December 5th is National Ninja Day. has the scoop on authors  

Native American Heritage Month (November) resources rounded up

On how daring to speak aloud + share an idea can change the world, by ow.ly/UZOlK 

This is cool. program uses solar power to bring digital books to regions in Kenya w/ no electricity ow.ly/UUo3K 

Growing Bookworms

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens by Jess deCourcy Hinds in | Build the pleasure connection 

Don't stop children reading facty books: Nicola Morgan You want them first to read + then read more

The Simple Way to Help Your Kids Become Stronger Readers: Dyad Reading by

Let’s Hear it for Reading Aloud! shares benefits to kids + tips for parents who may not enjoy it (yet) ow.ly/Vrw5Z 

Some of our favorites are on the Family Dinner Book Club Line-Up for 2016 ow.ly/UZNQY 

Review Round-Up: Books for Beginning Readers (easy readers + chapter books), November 2015 from ow.ly/VhZKz 

Reading with toddler and newborn, November 2015, recs + an attention-holding tip ow.ly/VhUth 

Easy Ways Parents Can Encourage Kids to Write from (e.g. "write instructions to explain something") ow.ly/VhXno 

Holidays (Book Lists, Ideas, Gift Guides)

The Best Gifts Are Books – Some Gift Ideas for Lovers from + more

8 Clever Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Books (Book Advent Calendar, etc.) from Jennifer Ridgway

One for Each Night: 8 Picture Books for Hanukkah, a by Liz Lesnick ow.ly/VpaQX 

for Every Child's Interest: a Gift Guide from ow.ly/UZNbX 

Top 10 Holiday Read Alouds per Elementary Librarian ow.ly/Vrx7M 

Reviews: Nine for Kids that thinks are special and worthy of holiday giving ow.ly/V21VY 

Bookish Christmas Gift Suggestions for Kids (younger and older) from ow.ly/VlkPa 

Recommended Young Adult Speculative Fiction to buy for the Holidays, list from at the blog

Holiday Gift Guide from | Fiction by + ow.ly/VrwG4 

recommendations for your holiday gift-giving inspiration, from organizer Jennifer Wharton ow.ly/VhWiv 

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2015 from (w/ help from ) ow.ly/VleXV 

Crayons Make Great Gifts, Too: Art-Themed Books to Pair w/ Art Supplies from ow.ly/Vi8rz 

I did get some ideas here... Bookish Gifts for $20 or Less from ow.ly/VhYBC 

GIVE IT: All the goodies for this holiday season | on why you should give books, w/ book + donation ideas ow.ly/VrxJ7 

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Children’s Books by | They "were my best friends growing up." (Mine, too!)  

The Bad Habits of Good Readers (like skipping anything they find boring) by Carol Jago

Parenting

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking by w/ tips for parents |  

Why Independent Bookstores Are a Parent’s Best Friend ("they make life easier") by

Schools and Libraries

Everything You Need to Know About Reading Levels, in One Image —  

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet State Standards? Linda Jacobson in

A Fine Dessert....What Does This Mean for Teachers? Our voice needs to be part of this conversation ow.ly/Vi6FU 

Two initiatives that encourage Reading for Pleasure in Schools by Joan Lennon ow.ly/UU1DT 

On the gap between the inner beauty of math and the way it is taught in schools by Gary Stager ow.ly/UTx8C 

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: November 13

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book awards, picture books, Thanksgiving books, Christmas books, gift guides, historical fiction, diverse books, folktales, reading aloud, reading choice, Elephant & Piggie, social media, parenting, and libraries. 

Awards

The 2015 Irish Book Award Shortlists in youth categories from  

2015 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books | @tashrow #kidlit #nonfiction http://ow.ly/Uxtrb 

. Best Books of the Year for Young Adults | Their pick for best is AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by sabaatahir

See also Best Books of the Year for Kids | Top pick is by

Book Lists + Gift Guides

10 Great Picture Books About Art by Elizabeth Dillow

Happy Veterans' Day + a Picture Book List to help explain today to your kids, from @rosemondcates http://ow.ly/UxtAy 

A Generous Helping of Thanksgiving Day Books for kids from at Adventures in Land

New Favorite Christmas Books for Kids from including Gingerbread Man + Doreen Cronin's Duck

It’s Not a Hobby, It’s a Postapocalyptic Life Skill: Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction | @pwbalto @sljournal http://ow.ly/Uxq05 

Find the Perfect Chapter Book for Every Child: A Gift Guide from w/ lots of series + boxed sets  

Holiday Shopping Ideas that encourage kids + teen to unplug (no batteries required) from

Exploring America’s Past: "Superbly written" Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers Joy Fleishhacker

Early Chapter Books with Fierce Female Characters | @denabooks @ReadBrightly http://ow.ly/Uxv6w 

Diversity

The Life and Death of the African Folktale in American Publishing w/ of titles from recent yrs

Publishers, Editors, Everyone: Keep Your Courage and Keep Up the Good Work! | on  

Inviting all our readers into stories: Reflections on talk at Author Banquet ow.ly/Uu3Wx 

Events + Programs

Connecting the World Through Books: Tips from the Global Read Aloud by  

Our own is in the news | Charlottesville Nonprofit Developing App to Help Illiterate Parents

The Return of the Book Fair for Ballou High School Library! (now on ) from tinyurl.com/BookFairforBallou 

NYCReads365, a new multi-year citywide #literacy effort to promote reading every day, in/out of schools @BklynEagle http://ow.ly/UxpuA 

The NCBLA just launched Great Reads initiative, author + illustrator recommendations to connect kids w/ great books http://ow.ly/Uxrl6 

Growing Bookworms

I tend to agree: Kids Should Read Whatever They Want, Whenever They Want by via  

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Delightful post from | Everything I need to know, I learned from Elephant and Piggie |  

Calde-Snacks — Favorite snacks from most of the 2015 Caldecott honorees

Food for thought on The Downfall of Social Media (when it puts up walls instead of enabling discussions) ow.ly/Urglv 

"why picture books don’t come with batteries ... they’re powered by mind melding with their audience" ow.ly/Urf6U 

Parenting

The Lost Art of Saying Thank You: concrete ways to actually cultivate gratitude in our kids from  

Schools and Libraries

SchoolLibrariesWorkWhen school librarian staffing is reduced, achievement in ELA suffers @MrSchuReads @Scholastic School Libraries Work http://ow.ly/Uxule 

Three Phoenix Public Library Branches Now Offer Treadmill Workstations for patrons | Gary Price  

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning | @dfkris @MindShiftKQED http://ow.ly/UxqnV  #literacy

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: November 6

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book awards, "best of" book lists, Mock Newbery, Mock Caldecott, book lists, the Cybils Awards, diverse books, #Readukah, #GNCelebration, graphic novels, growing bookworms, schools, banned books, #KidLitCon, picture books, and over-scheduled kids. 

Awards and Best Of Lists

Books on Civil Rights + Social Justice Honored at Annual @janeaddamspeace Awards Celebration @roccoa @sljournal http://ow.ly/Ud0Lk 

2016 Children’s Book Award Shortlist (formerly Red House Award) via @tashrow #kidlit http://ow.ly/UcvHE 

The 2015 @NYTimes Best Illustrated Children's Books, judges @medinger @MarjorieIngall + @VIVAandCO @PublishersWkly http://ow.ly/U3Ti4 

PW's Best Children's Books of 2015 in #PictureBooks, Middle Grade + #YA http://ow.ly/UdcLD  @PublishersWkly #kidlit 

Emerson School's 2016 Mock Newbery Nominations from @MaryAnnScheuer w/ links to other Mock lists http://ow.ly/Uct0U  #kidlit

2016 Mock Caldecott, 22 #PictureBooks assessed by @MrSchuReads college students + @colbysharp 's 3rd graders http://ow.ly/U9vOK 

If the Public Picked the Newbery… — @100scopenotes shares mock-Newbery results from Goodreads http://ow.ly/U3Yh3  #kidlit

Best Children's Books of 2015 per @ParentsMagazine | 1 each in 12 categories from board book up via @100scopenotes http://ow.ly/UfGfv 

Book Lists

Fun Monday Early Chapter Book Battle: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree #2 vs. Junie B. Jones #2 by @MrBenjiMartin http://ow.ly/U9B4G 

Review Round-Up: Books for Beginning Readers, Oct. 2015 (w/ huge influx of #Cybils panelist reviews) @mrskatiefitz http://ow.ly/U3ZX8 

16 Holiday Read Aloud Chapter Books, old + new (that the whole family will enjoy) from @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/U9y3y 

On The Radar: 9 #YA Books to watch for November by @catagator at Stacked http://ow.ly/U9xyb  

Numbers Are Nifty: 7 Books That Help Make Math Fun (picture books + middle grade) | @dcorneal @ReadBrightly http://ow.ly/Uisk0 

From Hamster Princess to Cakes in Space: 2015’s Funny Fantastic books for kids from @TesseractViews http://ow.ly/Uiw1E 

Cybils

On the #Cybils blog: @ABABook Indie Next Revisit & Rediscover initiative + the Cybils lists @Book_Nut http://ow.ly/U9wwM 

A #Cybils Spider chart from @kimberlymarief tracking connections between her Round 1 Cybils #YA SFF reads http://ow.ly/UctvL  

Diversity

.@LEEandLOW Partners with Simmons College Center for Study of Children's Lit to Create #Diversity Scholarship http://ow.ly/UdcW2  

WNDBLogoSqaureWNDB Announces Inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant Recipients #WeNeedDiverseBooks @PublishersWkly http://ow.ly/U3TkG 

.@Scholastic Reading Club + @DiverseBooks teaming up on flyer w/ >75 diverse books for kids http://ow.ly/Ucqdn  #WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS

Black Girls Matter: A #YA Reading List from @catagator at Stacked #WeNeedDiverseBooks http://ow.ly/UivzL 

"I don’t think much will be accomplished by sprinkling #diversity into stories" like rainbow sprinkles @RogerReads http://ow.ly/U41de 

Emily Jenkins Apologizes for A Fine Dessert, intends to donate writing fee to @DiverseBooks says @Llauren @sljournal http://ow.ly/Ud06D  

A Slightly Different Take on A FINE DESSERT from @varianjohnson for whom the book works as a gateway to conversation http://ow.ly/Ucu4M 

On #Diversity: "we can't nod our heads dumbly without exploring the nuances" of each situation" @MitaliPerkins http://ow.ly/U3XM5 

Can We Talk of Solutions? Regarding Diversifying Children’s Literature | @fairrosa via @100scopenotes http://ow.ly/UfHMC 

A Bibliography of recent discussions on A Fine Dessert from @100scopenotes http://ow.ly/Uiw5e  [the above few links + more]

Events + Programs

Get Ready for #Readukkah | @JewishLibraries 1st Reading Challenge | @heidiestrin The Whole Megillah http://ow.ly/U40Wc  @CynLeitichSmith 

A Sleigh Load of Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids from @BookChook | Websites, puzzles, worksheets + games http://ow.ly/UitbG 

Congratulations to @FirstBook Honored with# Literacy Award by Library of Congress + now serves >200,000 educators http://ow.ly/U3Zy3 

Closing out #GNCelebration @MaryLeeHahn + @frankisibberson focus on #GraphicNovel Publishers, Websites, Imprints http://ow.ly/U3Zfi 

PictureBookMonthSudipta Bardan-Quallen: "Picture books are conversations, which later become relationships" http://ow.ly/UiuAe  #PictureBookMonth

Why Picture Books Are Important, "a critical entrée to reading" by @MatthewGollub for #PictureBookMonth http://ow.ly/UczdO

This is excellent. Project to build laundromats in poor areas + use time to teach reading to kids @libromathub @NPR http://ow.ly/U3U40 

Growing Bookworms

Why #GraphicNovels Are Storytelling Quicksand for Reluctant Readers | @JuddWinick @ReadBrightly http://ow.ly/U3RAY 

"So when they hate reading we must attack that first... (+ create a) culture of love for our subject" @PernilleRipp http://ow.ly/U9v7q  

An apt post on #RaisingReaders @SunlitPages | The Quiet Security of Books |"Books give the family a shared language" http://ow.ly/UfEi2 

7 Ways to Grow a Reader on a Neighborhood Walk from @growingbbb (e.g. play I Spy) http://ow.ly/UfF2P 

Kidlitosphere

The Five Best Things About #KidLitCon from Community to Enthusiasm to #Cybils | @LizB sums it up for @sljournal http://ow.ly/U3ShM 

Miscellaneous

Just for fun: Adult Coloring Books that are Perfect for Gift Giving! from @rosemondcates http://ow.ly/U3ZOx 

Just for fun: Incredible Literary Jack O'Lanterns by @KarinaYanGlaser @bookriot via @PWKidsBookshelf http://ow.ly/U3Uge  

Even More Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Very Adult Places — @fuseeight http://ow.ly/Uiwq9  #kidlit

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Is Reading Entertainment? Yes, but "the truth is that it sometimes feels like work for librarians" @abbylibrarian http://ow.ly/UfCtj 

An Open Letter to Those Who Give Kids Banned Books on "the good things that come" from @catagator @bookriot http://ow.ly/UcyKS 

.@Amazon opening first real bookstore in Seattle | All books will be face out + feature review or rating from web http://ow.ly/UcrI3 

I’m a Girl, and I’m a Huge Fan of Comic Books — Here’s Why You Should Be Too @TeenVogue http://ow.ly/U40Tp  via @tashrow

Drop the guilt: Laws of Reading you can freely break, like "You can enjoy not reading" by @catagator @bookriot http://ow.ly/U3ZFU 

Useful tips: How to Find Time to Read (for yourself) When You Have Young Kids | @ReadBrightly http://ow.ly/UisFn 

"We believe that comic books and graphic novels ... are picture books" Elisa + Patrick Gall @HornBook http://ow.ly/Uiv2m 

Parenting

"the freedom to think ... is something (kids + adults need). We need to allow ourselves to be bored" @AwfullyBigBlog http://ow.ly/U3YRB  

Schools and Libraries

Support from L. Frank Baum explaining which skills + attributes @BooksBabiesBows wants for her kids from elem school http://ow.ly/U9tXk 

We’re destroying our kids — for nothing: Too much homework, too many tests, too much... pressure @VickiAbeles @salon http://ow.ly/UcBcN  

Useful + funny: The Ten Commandments of Letting Your Child Visit Their School Book Fair @buildalibrary @ReadBrightly http://ow.ly/U3RSJ 

This is encouraging: Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia | @HKorbey @MindShiftKQED http://ow.ly/Ufp4k 

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