Sunday Salon: A Round-up of Online Reading

Sunday Salon

I know it’s Monday morning, but there were technical difficulties last night that prevented me from posting. And my mother would be very disappointed not to have a Sunday Salon this week. So this one’s for you, Mom.

Ever considered trying to write a picture book? Five picture book authors share their advice.

Kira Baker-Doyle has a terrific post about what she really means when she tells her pre-service teachers to trust the process.

George Couros explains how to make Twitter actually work: listen to other people and share their ideas too.

Beth Shaum visits Sarah Anderson’s high school English classroom and shares some insights about her day there. I love seeing a high school teacher reading aloud to her students!

I’m still thinking about some of these 15 Provocative “What Ifs” to Challenge Our Thinking about Teaching & Learning.

Have you ever read any YA lit by indigenous Australian writers? Me neither, but Magabala Books is publishing some titles that sound interesting.

I really want to figure out how to put together and teach a course for English teachers on the teacher narratives and teacher myths that are current in our culture. Evolving English Teacher has a thoughtful post tackling some of those myths.

Evolving English Teacher has another post, Why?, that I’d like to share with some of my colleagues who wonder why our college freshmen struggle to engage in inquiry and rarely show curiosity.

Ellen Oh explains why she won’t be letting her daughter read Eleanor & Park.

Teen Librarian Toolbox has a terrific post on watching the first two seasons of Buffy with her daughter. Makes me think it’s time to start watching the series with my older son.

Paul O. Zelinsky is one of my favorite illustrators, so I enjoyed this peek into his process and work.

Lisa Schroeder explains why she writes about diversity even though she’s scared to get it wrong.

Jen Vincent is so right when she argues that all books count! (Which is why I am currently reading Bailey School Kids books aloud to my older son!)

6 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: A Round-up of Online Reading

  1. I loved Baily School Kids, I haven’t read them in a while, but my mom used to read them to me. The story lines in those books were amazing. Your older son will like them. Great choice! 😃

  2. Thank you for posting this even a bit late. I always enjoy cruising through the links and having exposure to different ideas and also seeing what caught your interest during the week. I just read the blog post in defense of letting kids read even if you yourself think the book is inferior, and it made me wonder why I dislike the Captain Underpants books so much and do not think they are ‘good’ reading for young students, when I was totally willing to have books that I believed were inferior in plot and writing on my classroom library shelves for my struggling teen readers.

    • Did you ever read any of the Cap Underpants books? I have to say, at the sentence level, they are actually very well-written and they read surprisingly well out loud. The plots are good silly fun. Sure, if you dislike toilet humor, they wouldn’t be your thing, but they’re far better quality than some of the other books T. has asked us to read out loud to him! Some of those books (some other series for kids) aren’t just poor quality in terms of writing but they feature such mean-spirited characters, such ungenerous views of people and their motivations.

      • I have only read parts of one of these books, but it was enough for me. (Narrow-minded and judgmental, I know!) Maybe it is the toilet humor–that’s a good easy excuse. I have aged-out of finding this funny–and I’m also wondering if the Captain Underpants books appeal more to boys than girls. I am sure I was a prissy little girl, and now I’m a prissy old lady!! I still think Jen Vincent (and you) makes an excellent point about how reading is reading and all books count.

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