Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.

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Books! What We’re Reading

I finally finished the first post-writing read-through of my manuscript (the one I wrote last November, for heaven’s sake) and my reward is I get to write a blog post! We haven’t talked about books for a while, so I thought I’d share what we’re reading around here and ask if you have any recommendations—for [...]

10 Fun Ways to Connect with Books

When I worked full-time as an editor for EMC Publishing’s literature and language arts series, one of my favorite tasks was coming up with activities to connect students to the texts in our books. The idea behind these activities was to make the novels, plays, stories, poems, essays, and even grammar lessons accessible to kids [...]

Chinese New Year: Ruby’s Wish

With the festivities starting in a little more than two weeks, I wanted to share our favorite Chinese New Year book with you. Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim Bridges, is the story of young girl living in China in the early 1900s, whose greatest wish is to attend a university. I don’t want to give [...]

What Are You Reading?

Have you ever been at a coffee shop or in a waiting room and you see someone reading a book and the cover looks interesting and you have to try really hard not to try to figure out what the book is? Because, of course, you don’t want to be nosy.
I’m thinking about this today [...]

The Saturday Morning Book Club + Reading List

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Last week we had a great conversation about “comforting clothes.” Well. On the third Saturday of every month I get to go to book club, which is like slipping into the most comfortably well-worn sweater you can imagine.
No one remembers exactly when our first meeting was, but we do know it was at least [...]

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Our current fourth grader, who is definitely something.
We finished The Mark of Athena (finally!—it went on forever) and are on to Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. This is in honor of our own fourth grader, Will. We’ve read the book twice already (for Andrew and Lexie) and their teachers read it to them [...]

Hunger Games Party

Within seconds of the announcement that the Hunger Games movie would be released on August 18, Lexie asked if she could host a party to watch the movie. Alrighty, we said. So this past weekend Lexie and a handful of her friends gathered to channel their inner tributes and watch The Hunger Games.

Country of the Week: China / The Lady and the Panda

“There were days when she would take an aimless ride in a rickshaw, immersing herself in the choreographed commotion of the streets, where banners in bold Chinese characters waved down through shafts of sunlight, advertising sales, silks, mah-jongg sets, live birds, ivory. She found Shanghai to be ‘a great sprawling rambling’ place filled with beautiful [...]

Weekend Links / Happy Father’s Day

When I married Tim, I had a feeling he’d make a great dad. And when that little man in the photo came along, I knew it was true. Tim likes to joke that I always said I wanted to have four kids and he wanted two, so we compromised and had four. He might not [...]

Book Talk: What Are You Good At?

Andy Selsberg (The Onion, Salon.com) has written a new book, You Are Good at Things, that celebrates our unsung gifts and talents. Like maybe you always remember people’s names or can tie a maraschino cherry stem with your tongue.
So, what’s your secret talent? I’m really good at guessing how movies will end. (Remember The Crying Game? [...]

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