Sunday Salon: A Round-Up of Online Reading 5/11/14

Sunday Salon

It’s Mother’s Day! One of my least favorite days of the year. Maybe some day my kids will be able to handle Mother’s Day without losing their minds, but this is not that day. (Mother’s Day + traumatized kids with mom issues = volatile suckage!) I’m hunkered down trying to get through the day with liberal applications of cookies and chocolate (liberally applied to myself, in case my gentle readers are confused) and TV (liberally applied to my son).

Fig & Thistle says down with Mother’s Day and up with  “Happy female-identifying caregivers of children (and others who need us) Day”.

Kate Messner has some advice for writers who think they’ve written a publishable picture book: go write some more.

Sajidah surveys YA literature with Muslim characters. #yalitclass will be sad to note that she doesn’t recommend other books more highly than a book I included on our syllabus, Does My Head Look Big in This?

I’m not really sure why Matt Daniels decided to compare the vocabularies of rappers with Shakespeare’s vaunted vocabulary, but his research enabled this sentence to come into the world: “Each word is counted once, so pimpspimppimping, and pimpin are four unique words.”

I tried out the Question Formulation Technique on the last day of Children’s Lit after reading Julianne’s Slice of Life post: big success!

Important reading for all teachers and administrators: Kylene Beers shares four guidelines for summer reading.

Renee Boss identifies the precise thing I love about being a teacher: “#teachingis the chance to never stop learning”.

Who knew Rob Lowe was such a terrific writer? I found his piece for Slate on his son leaving home for college so poignant.





3 responses to “Sunday Salon: A Round-Up of Online Reading 5/11/14”

  1. Sheila Kelly Welch Avatar
    Sheila Kelly Welch

    Hello Elisabeth,

    Thanks for commenting about Michelle’s review of my novel, WAITING TO FORGET. I clicked on your name and found your blog with your Mother’s Day post, and it brought back memories. There was the Mother’s Day when our oldest threw a rock and hit another kid between the eyes. Or the Mother’s Day that our oldest daughter decided to run away . . . again. But, I must say that our kids are all grown up now, and although their lives are not perfect, they are all very sweet to me, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. (My husband might not agree.) 🙂

    I hope you do find time to read WAITING TO FORGET. I wrote another novel back in 1990 about adoption of an eight-year-old that your kids might enjoy reading. It’s called DON’T CALL ME MARDA.

    Again, thanks for commenting!
    Sheila Welch

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for your comment, Sheila. These Mother’s Day memories you share sound familiar to me! We’re three years in, and it’s certainly been a journey! My older son was really proud of himself for writing me a card this year–it’s an old Christmas card he found somewhere that he added a Mother’s Day note to. It’s absolutely priceless! I will be getting both of your books and reading them for sure. Glad to know Don’t Call Me Marda might work as a read-aloud for my kids!

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