Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 14: Valentine's Day Edition

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Just a few topics on this relatively light week: #BoardBooks, #BookLists, #KidLitCon, #Phonics, #SandraBoynton, #SchoolLibrarians, #ScreenTime, parenting, reading, schools, writing. No roundup next week - my daughter has school vacation and I don't expect to spend much time online. Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Top Tweet of the Week

Sandra Boynton Writes Children’s Books That Don’t Condescend - @warren_bass @WSJ ow.ly/mUIg30qg8a5 #kidlit #BoardBooks

Book Lists

The Absolute Best #PictureBooks about Friendship | #BookList from @momandkiddo ow.ly/RgBj30qgwap | Our fave from the list is Maddi's Fridge

Events, Programs + Research

#KidLitCon (March 27-28 in Ann Arbor, MI) announces 2nd Keynote Speaker @arreechung | @KidLitCon ow.ly/qC3I30qg5B3 #kidlit #YA

#KidLitCon 2020 Session: #YALit: Who Is Our Audience? | @KidLitCon ow.ly/BWHU30qhqNX #writing @aquafortis + more

Parenting, Play, and Screen Time

More students are learning on laptops and tablets in class. Some parents want to hit the off switch. @debbietruong @washingtonpost ow.ly/lqhB30qgib7 | Personally, I think the pendulum has shifted too far towards #ScreenTime in #Schools

#ScreenTime and the Brain | This is a balanced piece from @harvardmed w/ concrete tips from @mediatrician for minimizing device impact on sleep, family relationships + creativity https://t.co/jVnC8e3WrZ?amp=1

Schools and Libraries

Thoughts from @pernilleripp On Honoring Student #WritingIdentity ow.ly/bORZ30qfRd6 | Write your own imperfect models + show kids how to make them better, e.g.

A former #HighSchool Principal on the Nonnegotiable Role of #SchoolLibrarians | @scottabeck @NASSP ow.ly/wVNy30qg5DO | Nurturing 21st century skills, helping students think + grow, + lots more

There Are Four Foundational #Reading Skills. Why Do We Only Talk About #Phonics ? @EdWeekOpinion via @MindShiftKQED https://t.co/ckKiCwwGGe?amp=1

Is Character – “Caught” Or “Taught”? – @EmmaELYoung @ResearchDigest looks at recent efforts to include moral + civic virtues in #education ow.ly/VoLN30qhqRH @JubileeCentre1

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: February 7: #WorldReadAloudDay, Curiosity, and Productive Praise

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this relatively light week include #BookLists, #FakeNews, #grading, #GraphicNovels, #STEM, #WorldReadAloudDay, motivation, numbers, parenting, reading, schools, and writing. 

Book Lists

2020 #GraphicNovels: An Accounting of Some #KidLit Standouts — @fuseeight ow.ly/d21c30qfoA1 | I added some of these to my daughter's wish list

12 #YA Couples for #ValentinesDay – Another timely #BookList from @literacious ow.ly/MNoZ30qffgK | For those looking for the perfect gift for a book-loving (+possibly introverted) romance fan ... here's an idea

Events, Programs + Research

I'm a numbers geek + I love this: Today's date 02/02/2020 is written the same backward and forward — for everyone in the world — which hasn't happened in 900 years | @DisrnNews ow.ly/qq1L30qel9l #STEM

For #WorldReadAloudDay I finished reading #MyLifeAsAYoutuber by @JanetTashjian to my daughter. We #ReadAloud every morning while she eats breakfast, but it was nice to finish a book today | @Scholastic @CPSLiteracy @litworldsays @MacKidsBooks | What are you reading?

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

The Illusory Truth Effect: Why We Believe #FakeNews + Propaganda - when something is repeated enough, our brains take a cognitive shortcut to save energy + start to believe it ow.ly/wdSk30qeCrE @farnamstreet

How 'Daybooks' Helped Get My Students #Writing - @arielsacks @EdWeekTeacher ow.ly/G9Vm30qel8v Getting adolescents to enjoy writing + helping them relax sounds like a win-win to me

Parenting + Play

In an uncertain world, #failure may be best lesson for kids says @DrMadelineL ow.ly/o9YL30qeaB3 @AJCGetSchooled | I'm looking forward to reading Levine's new #parenting book #ReadyOrNot

Schools and Libraries

How I Eliminated (Almost) All #Grading Problems In My Classroom via a student-centered approach ow.ly/3CJK30qel7g @terryheickedu @TeachThought via @MindShiftKQED #schools #grades

The Power of Authentic Praise in the Classroom: My Personal Experience by @McKenzieRoss20 @HonorsGradU ow.ly/NVqu30qfoAL | What worked in terms of positive, genuine praise focused on the teacher's own feelings (vs. motivation-sapping generic stuff)

‘Schools are killing curiosity’: why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn | @WendyBerliner @GuardianEdu ow.ly/IIn730qdTE4 | Study finds asking questions even more important than focus for good school performance

End the “Easy A” - Tougher #grading standards set more students up for success - @SethGershenson shares research @EducationNext confirming that "“everyone gets a gold star” is not a victimless mentality" https://t.co/To2UQgg8PC?amp=1

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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: February 3: Celebrating Words, Authors + Characters Who Kiss

JRBPlogo-smallToday, I will be sending out a new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on growing joyful learners, especially bookworms. The newsletter is sent out about once a month, depending on how frequently I'm able to post on my blog. 

Newsletter Update: Happy February, readers! In this issue I have posts about two of my daughter's bookworm moments (shrieking with  joy because two characters kiss and singing happy birthday to authors). I also have a post about her newest literacy milestone: celebrating big words. Despite my previously announced quest  for "LESS", I have continued to share links regarding literacy, schools, and the joy of reading each week. I've included the most recent roundup of those links here. The others can be found on my blog

Reading Update:  Since my last update, I read two middle grade, two young adult, and two adult titles (both nonfiction). I read/listened to: 

  • Janet Tashjian: My Life As A Gamer. Square Fish. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 9, 2020. Read aloud to my daughter from library copy.
  • MyLifeNinjaJanet Tashjian: My Life As A Ninja. Square Fish. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 22, 2020. Read aloud to my daughter from library copy.
  • Elizabeth Eulberg: Past Perfect Life. Bloomsbury YA. Young Adult Fiction. Completed January 7, 2020, personal copy. I enjoyed  this YA suspense drama (about a girl who finds out that she isn't who she thinks she is) very much. The ending was more satisfying than I had expected, and the characters are quite nuanced.
  • David Yoon: Frankly in Love. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. Young Adult Fiction. Completed January 16, 2020, on MP3. I  liked this one, but found that it dragged on a little bit as an audiobook. This may have been because the events of the premise that  I had heard about unfold relatively early in the book, and then it changes into something else.
  • TinyHabitsBJ Fogg: Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Adult Nonfiction. Completed January 22, 2020, on Kindle. This is my new favorite book about habits and behavior (a genre I am admittedly addicted to). I have made a couple of what I think will be lasting changes for myself and my daughter using Fogg's methods, and highly recommend the book.
  • Tom DeMarco + Tim Lister: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams. Addison-Wesley. Adult Nonfiction. Completed January 25, 2020, personal copy. I read this book for work. It's about how tech company managers should put more emphasis into issues related to people (vs. technical issues). 

Although I had a goal at the start of the year to do more reading, that has, sadly, not panned out so far. One reason is that I'm having an audiobook slump, and listening to more podcasts as a result. Another is that I've been extremely busy with my (non-book-related) work. The nonfiction titles highlighted above also took me extra time because I'm trying something new when I read nonfiction. I'm keeping a pile of index cards handy, and writing notes on them when I come across something I want to remember (or act upon). This slows my pace, of course, but I'm hoping it helps me to absorb more. 

KillingNovemberI'm reading How To Have Impossible Conversations by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay and Killing November by Adriana Mather for myself. I've just started listening to Tularosa (Kevin Kerney, No. 1) by Michael McGarrity. I'm hoping that this one will break my audiobook slump. I'm reading My Life As A You Youtuber (My Life Series, Book 7) by Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian aloud to my daughter. We continue to enjoy the My Life books, and will be sad when we are fully caught up (soon). We have already pre-ordered Book 9, due out in April. 

On her own, my daughter continues to re-read her favorite graphic and notebook novels constantly, but hasn't added any new favorites recently. She is also still tackling, in small doses, The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots, from Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals series. She mentions it from time to time, but I'm not expecting her to finish it any time soon. I also picked up Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook for her, after Ms. Yingling reviewed the third book in this series. It hasn't completely grabbed her yet, but I think it will. She also brought home Luv Ya Bunches: Book One, by Lauren Myracle from the school library, and picked out Rocky Road by Rose Kent from my overflowing stacks. She's dipping in and out of all of these books, but I'm waiting to see which, if any, really grabs her. 

She has refined her graphic novel preferences a bit recently. She told me that other day that she  likes graphic novels, but doesn't like comics (e.g. some of the Big Nate books, which are collections of standalone comic strips). This made sense to me - I always like to really immerse myself in a storyline, and rarely find short stories satisfying. I think it's a similar instinct for a more involved story. 

NewKidShe was pleased to see a graphic novel win the Newbery Award this year, though Jerry Craft's New Kid isn't one of the books that she adores or re-reads. I think the recognition of graphic novels across the ALA Awards is a good sign that publishers will continue to focus on graphic novels, which is good news for us. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and book-filled February. Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms! 

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Bookworm Moments: Singing Happy Birthday to Authors

FebruaryReadingCalendarFunThis one is actually more of a bookworm behavior than a bookworm moment. My daughter has been bringing me great joy over the past several months by singing Happy Birthday to children's and young adult authors and illustrators. This started in the fall, when her 4th grade teacher sent home a 2019-2020 Wild About Reading calendar from Scholastic. I believe this calendar was a Scholastic Reading Club incentive of some sort. While I'm not normally a huge fan of extrinsic rewards, this calendar is fabulous!! Thank you, Scholastic! 

Here's a sample page (all copyrights to Scholastic and anyone they negotiated with for the rights to the images on the calendar). Click to view a larger version. Book-related holidays are featured, as are author birthdays. 

Every morning my daughter checks the calendar and (if there are any) sings a quick round of Happy Birthday to each author/illustrator. If she forgets, she does a marathon session the next day. If you look closely you'll see that she looks ahead and adds stars to highlight particular favorites (a pen normally hangs down over the calendar).

For February we see Mo Willems and Jeff Kinney with stars. Bob Staake and Shanon Hale featured in January, as I recall. She is pleased when I can tell her that I a personally know author in question in some way. But, for the most part, her relative level of excitement has to do with how much she loves that author's books. As it should be. 

This morning she noticed that the calendar declares: "Take Your Child to the Library Day". She shrieked with excitement and came racing into the kitchen to let me know. She dragged me back to her room to show this to me (not that I would have doubted her word). Have I mentioned that I love this calendar? 

WildAboutReadingCalendarScholasticI have no idea how she came up with this idea of singing happy birthday to authors. But it makes me happy every time I hear it. I hope that hearing about this makes you happy, too. And if you are an author whose birthday is featured on the Wild About Reading calendar, feel free to picture an enthusiastic 9-year-old serenading you from San Jose. 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: January 31: #GraphicNovels, #ReadYourWorld, and (Sigh) #Homework

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #ALAYMA, #BookLists, #DiverseBooks, #Diversity, #GraphicNovels, #Homework, #introversion, #JoyOfReading, #LoveOfBooks, #Mathical, #MentalHealth, #Phonics, #ReadYourWorld, #ScreenTime, #STEM, reading, and schools. 

Top Tweets of the Week

Planning for Another Year of Reading | @sljournal @donalynbooks shares thoughts on rejuvenating students’ enthusiasm for #reading during the winter blahs ow.ly/vY3z30qcfun #JoyOfReading

Further validation that YES, #GraphicNovels are real, high-quality books. Congratulations to @JerryCraft + @HarperChildrens

NewKidRT @JHarrisReads: I am so excited about NEW KID by @JerryCraft winning the #Newbery award. This is such an amazing book #graphicnovel #GISDLibraries #txlcaht #alamw20

Book Lists + Awards

2020 Youth Media Award Winners | @amlibraries #ALAYMA ow.ly/VDlH30qcJzZ #kidlit #BookAwards @JerryCraft @AS_King @KadirNelson @kwamealexander @StudioJJK + lots more!

This piece by @nycschlibrarian highlights the many #GraphicNovels recognized in this year's ALA Youth Media Awards. So wonderful! ow.ly/JaLM30qcYrg #ALAYMA @GoodComics4Kids @ALALibrary

RA RA Read: Categorized roundup of Pink and Fancy #PictureBooks (now with unicorns!) | from Jennifer at Jean Little Library ow.ly/xu4g30qcunN #BookList

Children's Books for 9-13 Year Olds that Address #MentalIllness ow.ly/ONkM30qcJzh #kidlit #BookList from @momandkiddo

25 Books To Get Your Tween Talking – from #FunnyBooks to #VerseNovels to #Nonfiction + more, well-organized #BookList from #librarian@literacious https://t.co/dq4pY6lQOx?amp=1

Events, Programs + Research

An intro to Multi-Cultural Children's Book Day (This Friday) from @gail_gauthier ow.ly/gVGN30qcE6I #ReadYourWorld #DiverseBooks #OwnVoices @pragmaticmom @valariebudayr_

Growing Bookworms

#GraphicNovel Reading is Real #Reading! (and now we have a Newbery winner to back it up!) – #SchoolLibrarian @MrBenjiMartin ow.ly/s5Rq30qdpO7 "The only way to get (kids) to love reading is to give them books that they love", like GNs

Don't Leave #SportsBooks Out of the Game: For some students they are a window to the world + a spark for a lifetime #JoyOfReading by @trublu24 @nerdybookclub https://t.co/5kQUK6oTd1?amp=1

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Ripping Books In Half and Other #Reading Taboos. I'm w/ @shirleyannemcm @AwfullyBigBlog on letting most of this type of thing go ow.ly/fl6B30qcung Just focus on #JoyOfReading, I say

How two women quietly reading books in an SF bar started an introvert revolution - @SFGate ow.ly/DWBg30qcEo0 #SilentBookClub #introversion #reading

Parenting + Mental Health

Research refutes link between tech / #ScreenTime + teen #MentalHealth problems says @larrymagid @mercnews ow.ly/yvha30qctWk | Don't ignore risks of #SocialMedia but don't conclude tech is the only factor

This makes sense to me: Why #procrastination is about managing emotions, not time. The task is one that makes us feel bad in some way - @Psych_Writer @BBC_Worklife ow.ly/6yxX30qcfxH #habits

Schools and Libraries

Should Kindergartners and Young Kids Have #Homework in Elementary School? This article (w/ updates about efforts around the country) says no + offers ammunition for parents ow.ly/mZJO30qdplv @goodhousemag @gailcornwall

Preservice Teachers Are Getting Mixed Messages on How to Teach #Reading - @madeline_will @educationweek ow.ly/M0xt30qcujS #Phonics

Rann Miller @UrbanEdDJ argues that A Truly Diverse School is one w/ diverse teachers, guidance counselors + texts (not just students of color) ow.ly/1mOG30qcEfW #Diversity @EducationNext

According to @Gallup in U.S., 2019 #Library Visits (avg. 10.5/yr) Outpaced Trips to the Movies by nearly 2X ow.ly/O2Kr30qcfIx | One would certainly hope so! But did kids spend more time #reading than watching video on screens?

STEM

Press Release Fun: @sljournal + MSRI Launch #Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards to purchase books that inspire a love of #math for Title I schools — @fuseeight ow.ly/g3gh30qdpVE #BookAccess #STEM

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