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Not Guilty by Michael M. Guevara

Somehow this seems like one of those things that I should be embarrassed to admit, but I like watching Judge Judy. Maybe the show serves as a reminder that my own life, for all its chaos, resembles an episode of Leave It To Beaver when compared to the human drama paraded before Judge Judy. It could also be […]

2014 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies

I am a lover of middle grade fiction. If you were to peek inside my house and classroom and see the piles of books in my to-read stacks you find that most of the books are middle grade fiction. 2013 was a wonderful year for middle grade fiction, and I’m excited to announce to the […]

A #Nerdution Christmas

Regardless of what holiday, if any, you celebrate this time of year, I hope you are having a most excellent December 25th. As we head into resolution season I thought it would be fun and maybe a little uplifting to see some of your Nerdy friends working hard to accomplish their Nerdlutions. If you are […]

A Call For #Nerdlution Pictures

On Thanksgiving evening, I joined a Twitter conversation with a few Nerdy Book Club members that ended up starting Nerdlution. If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, please check out Chris Lehman’s post. In the last 96 hours people have: started blogs, committed to working out, began a writing routine, and even […]

5,4,3,2,1 Interview Jennifer L. Holm

I am very excited to try a 5,4,3,2,1 interview on Nerdy Book Club today. They are one of my favorite post to do on my blog (sharpread). They work like this: I give the interviewee 5 questions. They have to answer the questions with a certain number of sentences: 1 question with 5 sentences 1 […]

Interview With The Creators Of Battle Bunny

Hello, my name is Colby Sharp – and I’m going to share with you an interview that I attempted to do with Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. The creators of Battle Bunny didn’t cooperate. They even changed my questions, but thankfully I was able to convince some of my third graders to doodle on some […]

Pimp My Posters!

Last fall, several of us in Anderson School District One shared how we are using D.I.Y. book posters to promote reading at our schools ( Our district blessed us with the purchase of three PosterMakers – one for every five schools in the district to share – which print posters sized 18×24 and 24×36. We’ve […]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (absolutely not) Reviewed by Donalyn Miller

On two occasions, Colby, Cindy, and I have declined contributors’ offers for book reviews even though we loved the book. We did not review Linda Urban’s Hound Dog True—the book that launched the idea for Nerdy Book Club—until almost a year after the blog began. And in spite of constant mention in tweets and Nerdy Book […]

Everything Old Is New Again by Donalyn Miller

For the first time since school ended in June, I opened my classroom door today. I admit that I become more lax about getting my classroom ready with each subsequent year. I have put my classroom together for so long, that I no longer panic about whether or not it is perfect. I know we […]

Nine Days I Am Looking Forward To Celebrating With My Students

Today, for the first time this summer, I looked at a calendar and started mapping out the upcoming school year. I spent some time reading my old blog posts from last year. Looking back at all the great times I had with my students got me thinking about all the fun I’m going to have […]