Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: January 24: #BookLists, #GraphicNovels + #BrainScience

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #Audiobooks, #BookAwards, #BookLists, #BrainScience, #Cybils, #eBooks, #EdReform, #EducationalEquity, #GiftedEducation, #GraphicNovels, #JoyOfReading, #ReadingAloud, and parenting. 

Top Tweet of the Week

Why You Should Encourage Your Child's Love of #GraphicNovels | "They have to do the work ... to understand the full story" + lots more ow.ly/kp4X30qbTcW #JoyOfReading @goraina @parentsmagazine

Book Lists + Awards

It’s Book Awards Season: Don’t Miss the #CybilsAwards ow.ly/arkY30qbl2L | @TheReadingTub has the scoop on this #kidlit #BookAward honoring literary quality + reader enjoyment

Beyond the Youth Media Awards, #BookLists for Kids and Teens – @literacious ow.ly/UQaq30qbTgX #ALAYMA @yalsa  @ALALibrary

Great stuff! 50 Best #MiddleGrade Novels of the 21st Century per @semicolonblog ow.ly/Ceeb30qaQbg | Sherry breaks out her overlap w/ similar #BookLists from @ALA_Booklist (14) + @FuseEight (3) + 33 more | #MGLit #kidlit

Book Talking 45+ 2019 #MGLit Books in 45 Minutes – #librarian @literacious shares the #BookList + presentation developed for her local middle schoolers https://t.co/GEKU29j3sP?amp=1

Events, Programs + Research

This is your child's brain on books vs #ScreenTime - Sandee LaMotte @cnnhealth ow.ly/3ejU30qaPY0 | #ReadingAloud to #preschoolers -> more organized white matter in language + #literacy areas

Reading #ComicBooks + #GraphicNovels can improve brain health — ow.ly/CEey30qaQ5K | @MaryWiddicks @qz | humans are naturally inclined toward the efficiency of visual storytelling, comics let kids strengthen brain pathways earlier + more

I'm late to share this but @JasonReynolds83 was Named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature this week. His platform: "Grab the Mic: Tell Your Story" ow.ly/eWx630qaeV2 @PublishersWkly #kidlit

Growing Bookworms

10 Steps that Don’t Involve Points, Pizza, or Prizes to Create a School Wide Culture of Reading – Lifetime #Literacy ow.ly/jWW930qb9ui | Nice ideas here but I'm w/ #EsmeCodell on need to also #ReadAloud to students | #JoyOfReading

The Power of Listening by @ClareLandrigan @nerdybookclub | "We cannot forget the need to also assess the habits and dispositions of our readers" + help them "spark the #LoveOfReading "

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

I don't think it's too late for: 5 Reasons to Make #Reading Every Day Your New Year's Resolution ow.ly/9WnA30qarJf @BookBub | But if reading every day is good, wouldn't reading ALL DAY every day be even better? I can dream...

Public Library #Ebook + #Audiobook Use Rocketed Up 20% In 2019, powered especially by 30% rise in audio over 2018 ow.ly/lfeo30qaeZI @Forbes @AdamRRowe

Parenting + Play

#Parenting Isn’t Over When Kids Grow Up - Dr. Mark McConville shares tips @WSJ for supporting young adults w/out enabling them ow.ly/SThm30qaDnA #FailureToLaunch @PutnamBooks

Schools and Libraries

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on Progressive Cities where racial + economic #learning gaps are higher. ow.ly/S4bf30qaPTm " How can you hold your political leaders to account for “world-class cities” where many children can’t read?" #EducationalEquity @citizenstewart

‘National Parents Union’ to Challenge Political Influence of Teachers Groups | ow.ly/Tlv530qaBvi @laurenonthehill @usnews @NationalParents #Education #EdReform #unions

No more ‘secret handshake’: Universal screening qualifies 600 more Memphis students for #GiftedEducation, inc. higher % of black students + boys ow.ly/3Ja330qaBrD @Chalkbeat via @MindShiftKQED

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: January 17: Reading Bedtime Stories, Unplugging from Screens + Getting Better Sleep

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #FreedomToRead, #giftedness, #libraries, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #ScreenFree, #SleepHabits, #STEAM, #STEM, parenting, schools, and teaching. 

Top Tweet of the Week

The Most Powerful Family Ritual? The Bedtime Story ow.ly/bBMG30q8wzD @Red_Tricycle #ReadAloud #GrowingBookworms

Book Lists

#SouthAsian #Kidlit 2020 - Winter Roundup from @darshanakhiani ow.ly/O0nV30q9d5a | by category + pub date

RA RA Read: Scary Stories from Beginning to End | Nice categorized list by age range from Jennifer Wharton ow.ly/zRlH30q9d1q | Includes standalone #kidlit, series, #GraphicNovels + more

Unplug with #PictureBooks about #ScreenFree #Play ow.ly/cHCO30q8nAc | Super-fun #BookList from @momandkiddo celebrating "the joys of putting down the iPad"

Books to Celebrate #MLKDay | 4 suggestions for different age ranges from @abbylibrarian ow.ly/sUiJ30q9d69 #BookList

Events, Programs + Research

Surprise! Exam scores benefit from months of regular sleep | Study finds sleep regularity accounted for nearly 1/4 of the difference among students’ grades, espec. for boys ow.ly/WZVg30q8P1t #SleepHabits @jrehm_sci @SNStudents

Growing Bookworms

This is delightful: Dad Builds Triple Rocking Chair So He Could Read To His 3 Kids ow.ly/Agdb30q93J9 #ReadAloud #JoyOfReading 

4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers @kennycmckee @TeachThought ow.ly/wOWp30q8P0S #JoyOfReading #literacy | Male #reading role models + more

School creates a library of high-quality children’s books (mainly #PictureBooks) for families to read and share at bedtime so that kids see "the joyous side of reading". I love it! ow.ly/RsI230q8B04 @smithsmm

This teacher was worried children weren’t getting bedtime stories. So she began reading them aloud — on Facebook. She's developed quite a following ow.ly/C00U30q8B2r @ByMoriah @washingtonpost

Parenting, Play + Screen Time

This is fascinating. Ron Srigley asked his college students to turn in their cell phones for 9 days + write about living w/out them ow.ly/niXh30q8P4V #ScreenTime #distraction @techreview via @MindShiftKQED

Schools and Libraries

Are Your Striving Readers Helping Others? How might this change their disposition towards #reading? by @TammyBMulligan @nerdybookclub ow.ly/ned930q8AYS #GrowingBookworms

Sigh. @literacious discusses a new effort in MO to provide "parental oversight" of #PublicLibraries, in conflict w/ the @ALALibrary #FreedomToRead statement https://t.co/7VYpKbPAFC?amp=1

This is fun! 6 out of 10 of the Most Frequently Checked-Out Books in the History of the @nypl are #kidlit, topped by #TheSnowyDay ow.ly/XnMi30q9cZu @CharlesPassy @WSJ #libraries

Academic acceleration (by grade or by subject): When is it the right choice for your child? ow.ly/t0C030q9NNx #giftedness #GradeSkipping #RedShirting #play @giftedchlnges

STEM

We Need #STEAM, Not #STEM #Education, To Prepare Our Kids For The 4th Industrial Revolution (creativity + innovation) ow.ly/x0Cm30q9NWV @BernardMarr @Forbes

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Bookworm Moments: Shrieking with Joy because Two Characters Kiss

MyLifeAsABookAs regular readers know, I read aloud to my daughter while she eats breakfast on school days. We are currently working our way through the My Life series by Janet Tashjian (highly, highly recommend them). The other day, an exciting event occurred in this tween series. I won't tell you which title this occurred in, but... A Boy Kissed a Girl on the Cheek! It's true.

My daughter, who has been immersed in this series for months now, shrieked with delight. I would imagine the neighbors heard. Perhaps you heard from wherever you live. She was very loud. She also got up from her chair to hug me, simply unable to contain her joy. Of course this reaction is partly due to her age (she is almost 10). But how great is it that she was so invested in the lives of these characters that she could not contain herself? 

It was a great start to my day. Hope the story brightens yours. 

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: January 10: Celebrating Introverts, Nurturing #JoyOfReading + Questioning #EdTech

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #audiobooks, #BookLists, #Cybils, #EdTech, #GrowingBookworms, #homeschooling, #JoyOfReading, #poetry, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, and #WorldIntrovertDay. 

Top Tweet of the Week

The Answer for #Schools Is Not More #EdTech. It’s Teachers and Human Connection | @DASchwartzy @EdSurge ow.ly/y5OF30q6ph6 | “Could it be that parents are waking up to the realization that too much #ScreenTime is part of what ails our education system?”

Book Lists + Awards

The 2019 @CybilS Finalists were announced yesterday, winnowed by dedicated round1 panelists from 1047 nominees to 10 high-quality, kid-friendly shortlists ow.ly/5vqC30q6h52 #kidlit #YA #nonfiction #GraphicNovels #poetry

10 MG Sci-Fi Books with Female Protagonists for National #ScienceFiction Day, #BookList from @literacious ow.ly/GPk330q6hbC #MGLit + #GraphicNovels

A retrospective look at ten of @charlotteslib's favorite time travel + time slip #MGLit + #YA books from the past decade ow.ly/lCYV30q64u0 | her faves out of 250 reviewed in 10 years

Events, Programs + Research

IntrovertStreamers_FotorToday (Jan. 2) is apparently #worldintrovertday . I can't believe I almost missed it. Luckily I missed it while working away quietly at home. Here's to all of my fellow introverts. Let's toast each other here on Twitter, instead of in person [Not a link to an article, but a peek at the many posts shared via this hashtag would be refreshing for any introvert.]

This story reminded me of the adorable #PictureBook Nobody Hugs a Cactus (which features a tumbleweed as the love interest) | Cars get trapped by tumbleweeds on a Washington state highway ow.ly/ssN930q6nmy @SimonKIDS

Growing Bookworms

Lovely piece on the many reasons to encourage kids to read "for the joy of it" - @CressidaCowell @BostonGlobe ow.ly/q4cq30q6Cuo #JoyOfReading #GrowingBookworms

A New Chapter: Turning Your Non-reader into a Reader [Guest Post by @FionaRobyn @TheReadingTub] ow.ly/zp7b30q7NVd | Tips for showing kids the #JoyOfReading at home

On the Joy of #ReadAloud In A 1st Grade Classroom, w/ #ChapterBook #BookList enjoyed by @McKenzieRoss20's students https://t.co/2b7ch4eIxM?amp=1

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

I love this post by @dawnafinch @AwfullyBigBlog | We're (not) going on a book hunt, or "How to stop tracking and learn to love #reading again" ow.ly/XnzR30q7tfH #LoveOfBooks

End of #audiobook snobbery as scientists find #reading and listening activates the same parts of the brain ow.ly/j3jS30q7tn6 @Telegraph via @ProfessorNana #neuroscience #ReadingChoice

Raina Telgemeier: The is Comics Industry Person of the Decade says @comicsbeat ow.ly/kr0a30q7O47 @goraina celebrated for #Smile + the wave of #GraphicNovels that it ushered in | She sure had a huge impact on my kid's #JoyOfReading

Children’s Literary Obituaries: Paying Tribute to What We Lost in 2019 — @FuseEight ow.ly/9xrV30q64tS #kidlit

Schools and Libraries

Thoughts from @MarlaSzwast on why you should Keep #Poetry A Priority in Your #Homeschooling https://t.co/7dh0okbi4f?amp=1

This story reminded me of riding my bike to check out books from the public library as a kid: Local #library branch now offering free bike checkouts ow.ly/K2wS30q8bZW @mercnews

Donate Books to Little Free Libraries | @mental_floss shares a history and suggests contributing to #LittleFreeLibraries in your neighborhood https://t.co/uf8ebtnh81?amp=1

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Literacy Milestone: Collecting Words (the Bigger, the Better)

LiteracyMilestoneAMy daughter has been writing since she could pick up a pencil, more or less. Right now she's going through a stage that I remember going through myself (though I was older): collecting words, the bigger the word, the better. I first noticed this as she was writing thank you notes for her Christmas presents. She ended up thanking my parents "supercalifragilisticexpialidociously much" for a new dress. Because "very" just wasn't cutting it anymore. 

The other day she asked me to read a story she was writing. I noticed that the story featured a girl standing on the "periphery" of the seashore, "pondering about" something. She told me that Alexa had given her "periphery" when she asked for a synonym. A later draft had a couple of word sketched in very lightly, because she planned to later fill those in with stronger synonyms. Once she discovered them, anyway. 

I was reminded of a story that I wrote in junior high, full of words like "frangible". The teacher had me read it aloud to the class. Recalling how pretentious it was makes me cringe. But I was a true lover of words. Does anyone remember the "It pays to increase your word power" feature from  Reader's Digest? I certainly do! 

I suppose it makes sense that my daughter is using the much more state of the art tool of Alexa to learn new words. Do you think she'll one day be talking about how old-fashioned it was to need a standalone AI for that? Of course, for both of us the vocabulary words that we learn and use come mostly from reading.

Not completely, though. The other day my daughter correctly used the word "cronies" in conversation. When I asked her about it, turned out she had picked that one up from a song in the school play (she had a small role in Aladdin). 

Words are everywhere. You just have to look. And listen.

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