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This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are pretty cool:

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12 Irrefutable, Amazing Reasons We Need More Diversity In Books #kidlit

Children’s Books. Still an All-White World? | School Library Journal #kidlit

Our kids’ grey matter is neither pink nor blue – when will book publishers realise this? – The Independent #kidlit

Pioneers in Pigtails: Remembering the First Heroines Who Made Us Mighty| Megan Jean Sovern | #kidlit


Take Your Bookshelf Anywhere: BitLit Gives Readers an eBook Version of a Book They Already Own | BetaKit #ebooks


Disabled Characters in YA Literature | School Library Journal #yalit

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green on Fandom and His Favorite YA Romances – The Wire #yalit

What’s Old is New: Recent YA Books with Allusions to Classic Lit | SLJ Spotlight | School Library Journal #yalit

YA LGBTQ Novels Where the Focus Isn’t Coming Out – Small Avalanches #LGBTQ #yalit

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This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

April 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:


The 9 Most Mischievous Literary Pranksters, Ranked| BookBub |   

10 diary books | Children’s books  

Are We Rushing Kids Out of Picture Books? | ShelfTalker  

Classic Childhood Books That Grow With You| Zola Books |  

Does Winnie-the-Pooh hinder a child’s ability to learn science? | Toronto Star   

Hear what ‘wordless author’ David Wiesner has to say about books  

How Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Got Finished Thanks to Her Surviving Children | SLJ  

Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’ – GalleyCat 

Top 10 Mothers – and mother figures – in children’s books | Children’s books  


How I learned to stop worrying and love the Kindle | The Daily Dot  


Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library | School Library Journal  

Libraries are branching out into digital – Fortune Tech  


11 Things You Learn When Your Book Is Turned Into A TV Show| Kass Morgan |  

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson | BOOK RIOT  

‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Should Be Banned: Kamloops Dad  

See the cover of Scott Westerfeld’s new novel ‘Afterworlds’ | Shelf Life  

The well-read teenager: brilliant classics for young adult readers | Children’s books  

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This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

February 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

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6 Life Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder| Bich Minh Nguyen | #kidlit

Anne Ursu on ‘The Real Boy’ and writing for kids | MinnPost #kidlit

Children reading books to cats | Metro News #reading

Downtown Books: Five great children’s books about Harriet Tubman #kidlit

Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse, Octavia Spencer Join ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’ | Variety #kidlit

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin! – The Horn Book #kidlit

J.K. Rowling Did Make a Mistake, But It Wasn’t the Ron-Hermione Pairing | BOOK RIOT- #kidlit

Pictures Of Babies As Book Characters Are Worth WAY More Than A Thousand Words #kidlit

Zita the Spacegirl faces her toughest challenge yet: Space Prison! #kidlit


As the line between platform and publisher continues to blur, who wins and who loses? #publishing

My favorite winter activity is going back inside and reading a book in my pajamas (and spring, summer and autumn...)


12 Jobs on the Brink: Will They Evolve or Go Extinct? See a smart take on libraries! #libraries

Best College Libraries: 12 of America’s Most Magical #libraries

Kyle Cassidy photographs librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (PHOTOS). #libraries



Beth Revis: Why is Diversity Important? #yalit

The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2014 #kidlit #yalit

Pete Hautman on the Book that Will Save Us (Writing for the Long Haul series)/ Desert Dispatches #writing #yalit

YALSA’s 2014 Hub Reading Challenge Begins! | The Hub #yalit

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Happy Anniversary to Me!

January 30, 2014 2 comments


I’m celebrating my 11th year of blogging here at Sites & Soundbytes.  While the pace of posting has slowed a bit in the last couple of years, I still love sharing new online services and library leadership ideas here with you.

Thank you for reading whether you have been here for years along with me or are a brand new reader.  Thank you for coming up at conferences and mentioning my blog too.  It all means so much to me.

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This Week’s Tweets and Pins

May 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Two weeks worth this time!

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts these last two weeks that you might find interesting:



1st Welsh publisher dedicated to children’s books to help tackle literacy and tell great stories – Wales Online

BBC News – Authors back ‘malnutrition hits literacy’ study

Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing ‘Promiscuously’ : The Two-Way : NPR

The Book Smugglers | Progressive Publishers Doing Cool Things: Lee & Low Books (& Giveaway) #kidlit #publishers

Gwyneth Rees’s top 10 books about siblings | Children’s books #kidlit

Hear the Classic Winnie-the-Pooh Read by Author A.A. Milne in 1929 | Open Culture #kidlit

JK Rowling-Annotated Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Sells At Record Price #kidlit

New Great Chapter Books for Kids and Summer Reading : PragmaticMom #kidlit

Picture books for children still popular – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette #kidlit

Read, Write, Reflect: Reflecting on Picture Books #kidlit

What books for toddlers can match the allure of Peppa Pig? | Children’s books #kidlit


HarperCollins makes it easier for authors to give away their ebooks — paidContent #ebooks

"OverDrive’s Big Library Read Boosts Checkouts, Sales" #books #libraries

‘Real Books From Real Trees for Real People’: Microsoft’s Fun eBook Predictions From 1999 – The Atlantic #ebooks


‘Artists in the Archives,’ at Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford – #art #libraries

BBC News – Paperless public libraries switch to digital

Gun Violence, Videogames, and Libraries | American Libraries Magazine #libraries

Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters –

Libraries as Content Creators | American Libraries Magazine #libraries

A library revolution, started in part by Jane McGonigal’s TED Talk | TED Blog #libraries

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Suspended Boxes Transform Trees Into A Free Library – PSFK #libraries


Unprecedented e-mail privacy bill sent to Texas governor’s desk | Ars Technica #privacy



Barefoot Books Stops Selling to Amazon #publishers



10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day – Lifehack

25 Signs You’re Addicted To Books - I won’t tell you how many I exhibit…

Is He Reading? – Digital Book Today-Digital Book Today #reading


Facebook crafts new policies to better combat hate speech – Computerworld

Online video will be more popular than Facebook and Twitter by 2017 — Tech News and Analysis

Teens are tired of Facebook ‘drama,’ find refuge on Twitter and elsewhere, says Pew | The Verge

Yahoo revamps Flickr and offers a terabyte of free storage – Computerworld


Novels for young adults are reaching more (adult) readers – #yalit

TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox: Relational Reading Revolution: How you can change the landscape of reading

Top 10 young adult books for summer #yalit

Top Ten YA Road Trip Novels by Ben Kuhlman | Nerdy Book Club #yalit

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Celebrating on Waking Brain Cells

May 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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I’m having a little celebration over on Waking Brain Cells because I’ve reached my 5000th post there

Here on Sites, I am at the 3100 mark, so with both blogs combined, that a lot of posts! Head over to see some Wayback Machine views of how my KidsLit blog used to look.

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This Week’s Tweets and Pins

May 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


2013 Middle Grade Black Boys: Seriously, People? — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production #kidlit

‘Irish illustrators are on fire at the moment’ – The Irish Times- #kidlit

Kate Pankhurst’s top 10 books starring young detectives | Children’s books #kidlit

Molly Idle picks kid-friendly dinosaur books #kidlit

The Official SCBWI Blog: Announcing The Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award #kidlit

S&S Children’s to Relaunch John Christopher #kidlit

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift #reading


Children reading more on screen than print, NLT finds | The Bookseller #ebooks

E-book sales are up 43%, but that’s still a ‘slowdown’ #ebooks

New Report Says Microsoft Won’t Buy Nook Media #ebooks


8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss |

Interviewing Etiquette Infographic


BEA For All: A Librarian’s Guide to BookExpo America 2013

The Library’s Future Is Not an Open Book | By Julie V. Iovine|Public Library Renovation #libraries


Bid to censor Anne Frank’s ‘pornographic’ diary in schools fails | Books #yalit

Fox rejects ‘Delirium’ pilot starring Emma Roberts | Inside TV #yalit

If you like books like these: historical fiction for teens | Children’s books #yalit

Stacked: On Cover Flipping #yalit

YA mother-daughter reading recommendations – The Horn Book #yalit

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Sites & Soundbytes Is Ten!

January 30, 2013 4 comments

Sites & Soundbytes turns 10 years old today!  It started as a way to feature new links I found for my collection of links that I curated for years.  That list began as a box of cards that had information about gopher and veronica sites.  Yes, I’m that old.  Thanks.

This blog has moved with me through three jobs.  I left the collection of links behind at the first one, but kept the blog. 

Thank you for everyone who reads my posts whether you see them on the blog, Facebook, Twitter or Google+.  It’s been a pleasure to do this work for so many years and I hope you continue to find it valuable into the future.  Because I can’t stop now!

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January 23, 2013 Leave a comment


AFAR is a social travel guide that the users build.  On first entering the site, you will be struck by the wide range of photographs, and will probably find something to click on immediately.  Click in and you will find a series of photographs that seem to capture the real feel of a place.  There is food, architecture, clubs, and places to visit, all photographed and described by a person who has traveled there.

Join the site and you can add your own experiences.  The photos are called Highlights and allow you to add a description and information to the photo.  You can gather them together into Wanderlists that can be about a place, an interest or a combination of things. 

I love that you can explore the site without being a member.  That alone makes it feel welcoming and open.  Right now the Wanderlists featured on the front page can take you through India, Johannesburg, Prague and Mexico City.  It’s a tempting site that will get your wanderlust going.

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This Week’s Tweets and Pins

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


The Art of Breaking Hearts – Books that will make your heart ache « The Ship’s (B)log

The Call That Changes Everything – or Not – PW speaks with previous Newbery & Caldecott winners about that famous call

Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back! : NPR

Michael Ian Black re-teams with artist Debbie Ohi for children’s book ‘Naked!’ — The Family Room

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: The ABC’s of Learning to Read Through Play – A thru M

My top five: books to grab in an emergency! | Children’s books


How bookshops could be happy ever after: ebooks could provide new revenue stream – The Independent


7 Free Technologies Your Library Should be Using

Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries – San Antonio Express-News

Libraries crisis set to get ‘much worse’ this year in the UK –


10 Ways Publishers Can Succeed and Survive | Publishing Perspectives - note the message to work with libraries!


The Nightmare That Keeps Microsoft Awake… Android On The Desktop – Forbes


Here They Are — The Best Comic Books of 2013! | Underwire

A Literary Tour of Historical Y.A. – Entertainment-The Atlantic Wire

New Series from Author of THE MAZE RUNNER » EarlyWord #yalit

Top Ten Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders by Carrie Cox « Nerdy Book Club

Wouldn’t You Like to Know . . . Marissa Meyer | VOYA #yalit

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