Experts on Demand: Twitter Delivers

LP Reads is quite a fan of Donalyn Miller (aka, The Book Whisperer) and Twitter, so when the two converge, it is true children's literature bliss.  Perhaps the greatest thing is that on Twitter, the Book Whisperer keeps some like-minded colleagues as her tweeps and their thoughts and discussions and title recommendations are on display for all of us outsiders (um, parents) to learn from and enjoy.

Leveraging social media, these book-loving teachers and librarians are reaching beyond their individual classrooms, libraries, schools, districts, counties, states ... you get the idea ... to share their expertise and passion.  The group convenes both formally and informally on Twitter, hosting their standing date night chat (#titletalk) on the last Sunday of the month from 8-9pm EST.  If you miss it, however, the chats are archived for your reading pleasure. Check out the November 25th chat on this Wiki where they talked about "Best Book Lists and Using Them with Students."

If you spend even a short amount of time perusing hashtags like #tlchat, #titletalk, or #nerdybookclub, you'll be sure to happen upon a whole host of inspiring folks, including K-5 Teacher-Librarian John Schu (@MrSchuReads), 4th Grade Teacher Colby Sharp (@colbysharp), Teacher Librarian/Tech Integrationist Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller), Elementary Librarian Travis Jonkers (@100scopenotes), and Pennsylvania Teacher-Librarian Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza).

Unlike the library, which closes daily and has limited hours, Twitter is always open and these inspirational educators can be at your fingertips in the click of a mouse.

So if you are looking for your child's next great read, don't leave it to chance.  Head over to Twitter to see what the experts have to say.

Here are a few of their recommendations from this week's chat:

Happy exploring and reading!

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