February 22, 2018

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Travis Jonker’s Five to Follow on Twitter

I Tried, I ‘Liked,’ I Shared: How Travis Jonker handles social media

Third grade teacher Colby Sharp not only wins the award for Best Name Ever—his Twitter feed is must-read material. Colby, who teaches at Parma (MI) Elementary School, is passionate about fostering a love of reading in his students and tweets regularly about how he encourages the book love in his classroom. He also cohosts the #sharpschu bookclub with @MrSchuReads, a place for children’s literature fans to engage in Q&As with the authors and illustrators of great new books.

Author, former teacher, and Texan, Donalyn Miller, aka “The Book Whisperer,” is a font of knowledge when it comes to great reads for young people. Her #bookaday challenge has inspired teachers and librarians around the world to walk the walk when it comes to literacy by sharing their reading lives on a daily basis. She co-hosts a monthly #titletalk chat with @ColbySharp, in which librarians and educators discuss ways to promote reading.

Librarian Matthew Winner of Ducketts Lane Elementary, in Elkridge, MD, goes by the handle The Busy Librarian for good reason—his library is a hopping place. On Twitter, Winner spreads the love for International Dot Day, encourages librarians to read their way through their libraries with the #shelfchallenge, and shares the daily goings on in his school library.

Teacher librarian John Schumacher of Brook Forest Elementary School, in Oak Park, Illinois, is the Picasso of Twitter. Social media skeptics take note, Mr. Schu is someone who’s doing it right. Clocking in at 99,000 tweets (and counting), John shares often. Book trailers, read-alouds, books on his #holdshelf, and student projects are but a few of the ways he paints his Twitter canvas.

Is there a funnier children’s librarian on Twitter? Not for my money. West Vancouver Library, BC, head of youth services Shannon Ozirny’s feed is a mix of weeded books, tales from the stacks, and programming snippets served with humor (and a dash of Abraham Lincoln).



  1. So kind, Travis! Thanks for the shout out, friend!

  2. Thank you so much for adding some humor to my day by suggesting we follow @shannonozirny. I am loving her twitter posts!

  3. Ack! I wasn’t finished with my comment. I already follow the first four suggested Twitter stars of the lit world and appreciate all they do to share their enthusiasm and expertise.