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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: August 3: #JoyOfReading, #ReadingAloud, #GraphicNovels + #FunnyBooks

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #Cybils, #EarlyLearning, #giftedness, #GradeLevels, #GraphicNovels, #JoyOfLearning, #JoyOfReading, #parenting, #PictureBooks, #RaisingReaders, #ReadingAloud, #reading, #resilience, #schools, #STEM, #writing, classroom libraries, educational equity, funny books, and PBS Parents.

Top Tweet of the Week

Why 'getting lost in a book' is so good for you, according to | via | It makes you more empathetic + creative + gives you a rest | #JoyOfReading #Creativity + more

Book Lists + Awards

Cybils Logo - No DateA reminder from (at the end of her weekly roundup) that the call for judges is coming up soon. If you review or , it's a great opportunity

for about Friends and Families, from , + lots more

Inspiring Children's Books About , a from

Back to School Time: 40 Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at | from

FrazzledFunny Books: Hilarious Reads for ages 8-13 from

Diversity + Gender

On Boy Books and Girl Books| "can we all agree that there is no such thing as a girl or a boy book? That kids need to be exposed to characters that inspire them, no matter their gender."

On the need to give all American girls role models + what is doing to help do that |

Events, Programs + Research

ILA’s First-Ever Children’s Literature Day Brings Message of Hope Full Circle | Recap by |

The myth of : New study shows that splitting attention between lecture and use hinders long-term retention, and others in class suffer

Study finds + use in classrooms contribute to lower grades | via

Study on the Tennessee Program finds positive effects on kids' achievement + behavior at the end of pre-k reversed + began favoring control children by 3rd grade via

Growing Bookworms

FantasticFlyingBooksWhy Matter, Even for Teenagers & Adults | debunks four myths underpinning the idea that they are only for younger kids |

Why to Kids Helps Them Thrive. The number one piece of advice from | Cognitive, social + emotional benefits, plus you can "enjoy the snuggle"

Why I Created Rules for My Children – And Myself by | Her rules start w/ a good one: " to your children as often as possible, for as long as possible"

LunchLadyFieldTripIn an effort to provide books that kids WANT to read, a rethinks his , putting in mostly + via | My daughter would be in heaven

The Great Experiment by | Instead of bemoaning kids flipping through them, "help readers to see what graphic novels really are: worthwhile, serious, and profound pieces of "

On Not Being a Reader…Yet – muses on kids who lose by not being ready (yet) to when + standards think they should be

LillysBigDayDesigning a first-grade for "gradual release" throughout the year to allow to build book-browsing skills

Mental Health + Play

Children learn best when engaged in the living world not on says | "If the move to continues, children will spend much, if not most, of their waking hours in front of screens"

Truth! Kids Need and . Their May Depend on It. School leaders need to act now says |

‘My brain feels like it’s been punched’: the intolerable rise of , including among | | via

This makes sense to me: Harvard research study finds " may inadvertently undermine some aspects of emotional " ( + emotional vulnerability) via

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Why Can’t I Let Myself Stop a Book I Hate? Is it optimism, grit, guilt, or difficulty in letting go of ? asks via

MitfordA Few Lessons from on + | "A isn't bad" + "Sharing your writing is scary"


A call from for + to return to kids. Let them outside (despite “Where’s The Mom?” busybodies). Give them +

When Change is Hard: 5 Transition Skills for Kids | advice from If you are , headed to a new , etc.

Surround your Kids with Things and Ignite their Spark for – "A child needs to learn that they do not need the parent or teacher to learn (but leaving stuff lying casually around helps)"

Is it just me, or does hiring a for your kid seem a bit over the top (or, ok, crazy)? Of course, I want my kid to spend LESS time on , not more, so I'm not the target audience for this

at Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages. Fewer parents are volunteering just as new research shows it yields benefits from better grades to lower rates of depression

Schools and Libraries

EdGovernanceCompeting Values in Make Real Transformation Challenging. "If we focus too heavily (on being) to all students, then we inevitably trounce on the other values... efficiency, choice, and excellence

What's without ? A North Dakota district is finding out.

California kids who didn’t learn to read to get day in court | Lawsuit argues poor instruction violates minority students' rights

Lawmaker Seeks to Expand Programs in New York City. Supporters say this would help advance -

opens Urban Elementary in hometown of Akron, Ohio, in partnership w/ city

How a inspired a new way to train — and how that is leading to a new kind of |

3 Reminders from for the Beginning of the Year | I liked "No matter how happy (or sad) your colleagues or students seem, don’t hesitate to share a kind word or action" |


SteamPlayLearnThe ONLY 3 Resources You Will EVER Need! per

Tennessee approves first-ever standards for K-8 schools

President Trump signs bipartisan bill into law -

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