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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: #KidLitCon + #PictureBooks + Pi Day

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage.  Topics this week include Bank Street Book Awards, the Cybils Awards, book lists, summer reading, diverse books, boys in school, Children's Book Week, School Library Month, KidLitCon, series books, raising readers, picture books, parenting, play, homework, schools, libraries, poetry, and STEM. 

Book Lists + Awards

Newbery / Caldecott 2017: Spring Prediction Edition from @fuseeight #kidlit #PictureBooks 

Always a good list: Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2016 Edition from @bankstreetedu  #KidLit

ABA Announces 2016 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalists | @ABABook #kidlit 

Favorite Children’s Books about Spring (#nonfiction, stories, #poetry, maple syrup + more) from @rebeccazdunn 

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Chapter Book List (inc. series) for #SummerReading 2016 from @mrskatiefitz 

Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School | @PernilleRipp #YA 

13 New #YA Books for Middle School Readers Coming Out This Month | @LibraryVoice @sljournal 


On the #Cybils blog: Interview with Joel Ross, author of elem/MG spec fiction winner The Fog Diver @harperchildrens 

Diversity + Gender

Why Publishing Is So White by @DeahlsDeals @PublishersWkly  #DiverseBooks

"Should White Authors Avoid Writing from the POV of a character of color?" @MitaliPerkins says no  #DiverseBooks

Instead of trying to make boys fit in better in schools, maybe #schools should be redesigned for boys @ReadByExample  

Events + Programs

Children’s Week Bookmark Reveal (psst . . . It’s El Deafo related!) — @fuseeight @CBCBook  #CBW @CeceBellBooks 

April is #SchoolLibraryMonth | @MrSchuReads talks with this year's spokesperson Megan McDonald 

A 9-Year-Old Girl in India Is Running A #Library For Underprivileged Kids Who Can’t Read (she reads aloud)  @buzzfeed

Growing Bookworms

Escaping Series Mania, how + why to get developing readers to read outside of series fiction, Betty Carter @HornBook 

Love this! #RaisingReaders Monday: Spring Forward with Books |On the many joys of #OutdoorReading from @kateywrites 

Don't try to make kids' reading "edifying .. If a child reads for pleasure, your battle is won." @SharonReader 

10 Non-Book Ways to Get Your Child Reading from @Scholastic  #RaisingReaders 

Higher Ed

"Why make campuses exempt from realities commonly found elsewhere" asks @VDHanson in @MercuryNews  #HigherEd


KidLitCon2016LogoSquareI've just booked my hotel for #KidLitCon 2016 in Wichita, KS (Oct. 14-15). Reservation link here:   | Don't miss it!

On the #Cybils blog: Announcing the #KidLitCon 2016 Theme, Logo, and Hotel  | It's our annual "family reunion" 

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

On the need for sad books / emotional stories in #kidlit, plus some recommendations from @carriegelson 

A call from #teachers to the media to #CoverKidsBooks more @MGStrikesBack 

Lois Lane is far more than 'just' Superman's girlfriend | @Gwenda @GdnChildrensBks  #YA 

On Book Buying Resistance (or rather, a complete lack thereof) from @carriegelson, clearly a kindred spirit 

OK, this is fun. Vending Machine Dispenses Random Books for $2 | @mental_floss 

Parenting, Play + Homework

The Dangers of Using a Sticker Chart to Teach Kids Good Behavior (they influence mindset) @DrEricaR @TheAtlantic 

Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do #Homework (or at least not 4 hours/night) by @HeatherShumaker in @Time 

"In a homework-dominated culture, I think we forget joy." A Radical Solution to Elem. #Homework by @HeatherShumaker 

Baby Talk - @MrDad answers reader's question about why he should be talking (+ reading) to 2-week old son 

How Adults Can Encourage Kids To Be Original Thinkers : @ElissaNadworny @npr_ed 

The Job of a Child is to #Play. Kids learn best when they are having fun. @lgoodman222  #EdChat #JoyOfLearning

Picture Books for Older Kids

How I Use #PictureBooks in Our Middle School Classroom by @PernilleRipp | they help kids fall in love w/ #reading 

Big Kids Need #PictureBooks Too! Top 4 reasons from Andrea at Adventures in #Literacy Land 


4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day | @theVogelman @Edutopia  #NationalPoetryMonth

Schools and Libraries

#Teachers + #librarians + @NerdyBookClub members are the real rock stars, says author @joshfunkbooks 

Tips for #Teaching Students to Receive Critical Feedback from @mssackstein @EducationWeek  #education

On figuring out what you're good at / passionate about, and pursuing that + how teachers can help by @thereadingzone 

Thoughts on nurturing grit + #GrowthMindset in #education from @TonySinanis | teachers need to focus on learning too 

Study Shows Link Between School #Librarians + Higher Test Scores | Librarians help kids' achievement @sljournal 

Guest Post by Bobbie Wooderson @DavidGeurin blog: 5 Ways to Create the Next Generation #Library 

Libraries, Libraries, Libraries... by Ruth Hatfield | Talk about them, so they won't be taken away @AwfullyBigBlog 

"the books were right there, so I read them.” On the Need for Classroom Libraries for All Ages by @PernilleRipp 

7 Qualities That Promote #Teacher Leadership in Schools | @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED  #education


Pi Day and BOOKS Help Kids Get Excited About MATH! @ReadingRainbow  #STEM

The Problem w/ Prepackaged #STEM Products | we want to establish cultures of inquiry + ongoing learning @rosscoops31 

On the Overselling of #EdTech by @alfiekohn | Does it "help kids create, design, produce, construct"?  

5 + 1 things teachers can do to close the #math achievement gap (inc. eliminate homework!) @GoorishWibneh  @JoBoaler

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