Sketch11319220 October 20

Barbies, Goddesses, and Sudoku Puzzles by Naomi Bates

I would never let Barbie stand in my way. I kid you not, I was BORN to be a librarian.  At the age of six, my two sisters and I had our favorite Barbies and it was time for them to take a vacation in their cigar box cars, but WAIT!!!  And I struck my […]

the-great-gatsby_420 October 19

Mouths of Babes by Donalyn Miller

We read to Emma before she was born. Sarah would prop a picture book on Celeste’s belly and read. When Emma came into the world, we brought Aunt Sarah to the hospital to meet her new niece. They didn’t need an introduction. Sarah leaned over Emma’s bassinette—whispered—and Emma turned her face toward Sarah. Recognizing her […]

cherub October 18

The Need for Big Books: A Top “Ten” List by Stephanie Severson

I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem — the boys that burn through books, boys that read so much they need a new book every few days, boys that crave […]

before October 17

How to Raise a Nerdy Book Lover by Susan Lupone Stonis and Jacqueline Boyle

If you’re reading this post on Nerdy Book Lover, then we can assume you’re a lover of books. And if you are a parent, it goes without saying that you’re passing this love on to your kids. But if you or someone you love is expecting a baby, you might be intrigued to know that […]

photo (40) October 16

Parma Third Graders Interview Oliver Jeffers

My students love everything written by Oliver Jeffers. His new book, Once Upon An Alphabet is one of the hottest books in our third grade classroom. When I was given the opportunity to interview Mr. Jeffers for Nerdy Book Club, it seemed only fitting to have my third graders to conduct the interview instead. We hope […]

Glory HC cover October 15

A.S. King & Cindy Minnich: A Conversation About Glory O’Brien

AMY: Hi Cindy! Thank you for having me around to chat about Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. I admit I have no idea what to talk about.   CINDY: I’m more curious in what you want to talk about. What are you wishing people were asking you?   AMY: For this book, I’m getting […]

Sketch 2011-12-01 15_04_08 October 14

Poll: What books would you recommend giving out for All Hallow’s Read?

A few years ago, Neil Gaiman wrote a post and threw out another excuse to give books away: “I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.” And so All Hallow’s Read […]

chris and her dad October 13

Mr. Wonderful by Chris Dexter

One day, some students jokingly called him “Mr. Wonderful” in class.  The nickname stuck and adorned nametags, student-made signs, and professionally made signs throughout his classroom.  The name fits.  Some called him their middle school English teacher.  Others called him the go-to guy for answering grammar questions.  Many called him an educational leader. He was […]

stratford zoo presents macbeth October 12

Five Books That Inspired Me To Update The Classics by Ian Lendler

Greetings, Nerdlings! As they say in radio, I’m a long time reader, but first time writer.   My first graphic novel, The Stratford Zoo Presents Macbeth, has just come out in stores. It’s the story of the animals at the Stratford-On-Avon Zoo who entertain themselves by performing the works of their hometown hero, William Shakespeare­. […]

Lisa and Brian October 11

Top Ten Reasons to Marry a Nerdy Book Club Member by Lisa and Brian Wyzlic

We’ve all had that moment. The moment when we’ve found our tribe. C.S. Lewis put it best when he said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one [person] says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’” For many of us, that last sentence would be “I […]