Author Archives: CBethM

hug-machine-9781442459359_lg October 22

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell – Reviewed by Rebecca Jones

As a children’s librarian and mama of three, I’m pretty much obsessed with kid lit. I scavenge online and in print to learn about the latest and greatest in children’s books, always searching for that next fantastic read. And while I’m full of my own opinions about what makes a quality children’s book, I’m also […]

RedPencilCvr October 21

FINDING THE RED PENCIL by Andrea Davis Pinkney

There she was, her hand outstretched, inviting me to follow. It was four  in the morning, the time I wake up to write.  This beautiful child roused me from sleep, gently coaxing me with a whisper: Andrea, come. It was a chilly autumn crack-of-dawn in 2011. Around this time, I’d been doing extensive reading about […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]