Tag Archives: Shawna Coppola

August 01

The In-Between by Shawna Coppola

We nerdy bloggers write (and talk) a lot about being immersed in books. We muse, long and hard, about books that make us weep, that cause our abs to ache with laughter, and that move us, on occasion, to toss ‘em across the room in a fit of anger. (Or maybe that’s just me…heh heh.) […]

January 09

Ten Texts I Never Would Have Read–Had It Not Been for a Recommendation by Shawna Coppola

I take great pride in being the sort of person whose essence can be difficult to “nail down.” Take a look at my Twitter feed and you’ll see that I post about everything from education reform, to inequality, to literacy learning, to The Bachelor. My iPhone’s music library is filled with a wide spectrum of […]

March 21

Ten Texts That Will Get Teachers Writing by Shawna Coppola

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: the best teachers of writing are also writers themselves.   What I don’t mean by this: Any ol’ writer can teach students to write. By “writers,” I mean professional, published authors. If you don’t write, you can’t teach students to write.   What I do mean […]

July 09

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan – Review by Shawna Coppola

If I were to reimagine my own “rules of summer” the way Shaun Tan does in his magical picture book of the same name, they might read something like this: 1. Never turn your back on a cucumber tendril. 2. Never visit a porta potty at night. 3. Always remember to pack the mustard.   […]

April 02

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate – Review by Shawna Coppola

Allow me to introduce you to my most current book love: Annette LeBlanc Cate’s spectacular gem (and Sibert Honor book) Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard. But first, a confession: I only picked this book up while volunteering in my daughters’ school library because their cousin, my niece Evan, already knows at eight years […]

March 01

Top Ten Illustration Mentors by Shawna Coppola

For the past year I have been obsessed with visual language and, in particular, illustration. My living room at home is littered with my favorite picture books as well as such titles as The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd, and The Best American Infographics 2013 […]