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Making the Connection

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Using technology to connect teens and tweens with books and authors. Presentation at Reading Roundup, April 2010, by Ellen Booraem, Deva Fagan, Megan Frazer, Carrie Jones, and Kelly McClymer

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Making the Connection

  1. 1. Using Technology to Connect Authors and Teen/Tween Readers
  2. 2. Ellen Booraem
  3. 3. Deva Fagan
  4. 4. Megan Frazer
  5. 5. Carrie Jones
  6. 6. Kelly McClymer
  7. 7. Social Networking
  8. 8. Twitter - Justin the Librarian • 140 max characters • Compatible with Facebook and blogs • Allows for dialogue
  9. 9. Twitter - Astronaut Soichi
  10. 10. Twitpic
  11. 11. Live Journal
  12. 12. Group Blogs - Authors • The Spectacle—thespectacleblog.wordpress.com • The Enchanted Inkpot— community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot • Teen Fiction Café—teenfictioncafe.blogspot.com • Books, Boys, Buzz—yawriters.blogspot.com • YA Fresh—yafresh.blogspot.com • GuysLitWire—guyslitwire.blogspot.com • Type M for Murder—typem4murder.blogspot.com • Fangs, Fur & Fey— community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey
  13. 13. Group Blogs - Readers/Reviewers • Kidlitosphere Central • Young Adult Review Network—YAreview.net • Readergirlz— Readergirlz.com • Teensreadtoo— Teensreadtoo.com • (And Kidsreadtoo) • Teenreads.com
  14. 14. Group Blogs - Debut Authors • Insight into new authors • Special contests • Giveaways • Sneak peeks into upcoming titles
  15. 15. Debut Authors 2009 - 2011
  16. 16. Group Blogs - Publisher Lines
  17. 17. Publisher Website Goodies • A look inside the publishing process -- editors, artists, and more • Extras like author podcasts, games, and lesson plans • Free promotional downloads • Opportunities for teens to sign up for programs to review advance copies of new books • Email newsletters
  18. 18. Keeping Up With Publishers • Sign up for email newsletters • Follow Publishers on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and/or YouTube • Subscribe to blog RSS feeds (GoogleReader, Bloglines, etc.)
  19. 19. Publisher Websites • Bloomsbury Kids: http://www.bloomsburykids.com/ • Disney Hyperion: http://hyperionbooksforchildren.com/ • Egmont: http://www.egmontusa.com/ • Flux: http://www.fluxnow.com/ • HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/ • Macmillan: http://us.macmillan.com • Penguin Group: http://us.penguingroup.com • Random House: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids • Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/ • Simon & Schuster: http://kids.simonandschuster.com/
  20. 20. Teen Advance Readers • Macmillan’s InGroup -- Ages 13-19; email InGroup@hholt.com – Simon & Schuster’s PulseIt -- Teens read advance copies for free online; http://pulseit.simonandschuster.com – Random House’s RandomBuzzers -- Teens earn free books by participating; http://www.randombuzzers.com/
  21. 21. Review by Expert
  22. 22. Review by Peer • Peer-generated reviews • Peer-generated discussion
  23. 23. Interviews • Interesting “behind the scenes” with author • News of upcoming books • Reader interaction in comments section
  24. 24. Podcasts
  25. 25. Live Chat • Interesting “behind the scenes” with author • News of upcoming books • Reader interaction in comments section
  26. 26. Skype an Author • What is Skype and how do I use it? • *Skype is a computer application that allows you to make free video calls via the internet. • *You need a computer with a camera, a microphone and speakers (many have these built in now) and an internet connection. • *Download Skype for free: http://www.skype.com
  27. 27. Skype-an-Author Contact Info • A searchable list of authors: http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/ • Authors who offer free 20 minute visits to classes or book clubs: http://kmessner.livejournal.com/106020.html
  28. 28. Skype-an-Author Visit Tips • Author and teacher Kate Messner offers tips at : http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/ca6673572.html – Test everything in advance, and be prepared for technical glitches – Encourage kids to have questions prepared. – Relax and have fun!
  29. 29. Kay Cassidy’s Scavenger Hunt • A way for libraries to get kids involved in reading -- prizes!
  30. 30. 2009 Lupine Winner • Interactive games for kids

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