Author Archives: CBethM

Sketch11319220 November 26

POLL: What are your most memorable scenes in books?

For as long as I have been a reader, there have been scenes that I can recall at the mention of a word or a title, scenes that make my reader’s heart beat a little faster. We at Nerdy Book Club are curious about those scenes, the ones that stick with you, the ones you […]

i don't want to be a frog November 25

Stop Making (so Much) Sense by Dev Petty

It’s night time. We cuddle up as we always do, and I begin, “Once upon a time…”   Isn’t that funny? Why do I do that? The books I write and the books I enjoy don’t usually start with “Once upon a time” or end with “Happily ever after.” Part of it is just trying […]

pride and prejudice November 24

Breaking the Rules & Growing Readers by Rebekah O’Dell

For six consecutive Sundays, we broke the rules, operating in the strictest of secrecy. When the 9 o’clock bedtime hour struck, my brother and I went upstairs to our respective bedrooms per usual. I ran to my room, quickly turned off the light, and huddled by the door, listening for my brother’s door to shut, […]

B3DbZUeCcAEVx8N (1) November 23


We were asked to share our slides from our NCTE presentation on Friday. Here it is!        

over and under the snow November 22

Ten Ways to Get Primary Readers to Read by Kimberley Moran

As he sounds out the word painfully slowly, he looks desperately to the illustration for assistance. He looks at me. I look back blankly. He says each sound separately, but blends it incorrectly. He shakes his head. He looks at me. I look back with my gentle smile.  He glances over at the boys reading […]

Pendergrass_RAPS-Group November 21

It Takes a Village by Emily Pendergrass

Reading is a social practice. Reading could be viewed as something that people do in private – like the iconic image of curling up with a good book. However, for others, and me curling up with a good book, while solitary in that particular moment, is embedded in social purposes. I curl up in a […]

the storm whale November 20

How The Storm Whale Came To Be by Benji Davies

It was late 2009 and I had been working on new samples to show publishers. I already had several picture books under my belt as illustrator but writing was not something I had ventured into. It was something that appealed to me, but I hadn’t had the time to really get on, to actually write […]

I Kill the Mockingbird November 19

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora – Review by Emily D. Rietz

Confession: I love Atticus Finch.  Rationally, I know he’s only a character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  I know that he will never walk through my front door and talk to me about crawling into someone’s skin to practice empathy.  I know that I will never share a cocktail with him on an […]

Sketch113194837 November 18

It’s Okay to Write Terrible Stories by Julie Falatko

You should be writing terrible stories. Some writers love what they write and don’t want to revise. Some writers want their first drafts to be perfect and are afraid to write anything at all. Some writers write a perfect first draft that, the next day, has mystically turned into something horrible. Most writers are a […]

Are you there God It's Me Margaret November 17

Breaking Away from Conventions by Michele L. Haiken

I have clear memories of my early teen years sleeping at my grandparents’ house with my cousins and younger sister. I remember staying up late and reading aloud passages from the then, popular (and what some might refer to as taboo) Forever by Judy Blume. The secrets, giggles, and conversations extending the text we shared […]