December 16

Seeking Adventure for the New Year? Here’s Ten #mglit Books for 2018 Adventuring! by Caitlin Lore

When I was a kid, New Years always felt like the start of an adventure. I remember watching the clock closely as the countdown neared, wondering what sort of magic might sweep me away once it struck midnight. Watching the clock click over was like opening the wardrobe–there was so much waiting on the other […]

December 14

In the Beginning Was the Name by Adam Gidwitz

In the beginning was the Name. I was sitting in a hotel room, somewhere in America, during a long stretch of school visits. I was thinking about kids and their reading habits, which was pretty typical. Specifically, I was remembering my days teaching second grade, and a certain type of long, slow walk around the […]

December 12

Ambushed at Ten: The Book I Can’t Forget by Ben Guterson

My fifth-grade teacher—kindly Miss Black, who’d taught my oldest brother a decade before me and who, not long after I was her student, retired from a lifetime of teaching—settled our class daily by reading to us after lunch.  I’d like to claim I recall the many books she shared that year. But only one, The […]

December 11

Don’t Be the Grumpy Film Critic of Children’s Literature by Mike Grosso

Do you remember the last time critics panned a film you admired? If you’re like me, you probably wrote your own imaginary impassioned response chock full of frustration and disbelief. The critic is entitled to their opinion, of course, but as a filmgoer you’ll reconsider the authenticity of their words the next time you see […]

December 09

Top Ten Graphic Novels for Readers Who Don’t Like Graphic Novels by Amy Estersohn

Graphic novels are a chronically misunderstood kind of book.  When I tell people I specialize in graphic novel reviews, they immediately assume I’m a ComicCon-attending superhero fiend (uh, not really).   Or they assume that I focus on graphic novels because I give them out only to my striving readers (no, no, no, no, no).   […]

December 06

FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway – Review by Kate Olson

  Let’s be real here. I’m a 37-year-old school librarian – I am in NO WAY considered a young adult, right? So then, what makes this genre one in which I consider myself a qualified reviewer? I always find it fascinating that adults are the ones deciding which kidlit is quality or not, and in […]

December 04

Reprioritizing to Make Room for More Reading by Laura Gardner

School librarians wear many hats. In my school library, I teach information literacy; collaborate with teachers on technology-rich projects; offer book buffets and book talks on a regular basis; purchase, weed and manage a large collection; promote our library, books and reading on social media; and am in charge of a bustling Makerspace. I also […]

December 03

Empathy and Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: An Interview with Dusti Bowling by Donna Gephart

One of the superpowers of books is helping readers grow their empathy skills. While all books invite you to walk in someone else’s shoes, certain ones accomplish that on a grand scale, like Dusti Bowling’s Insignifcant Events in the Life of a Cactus. I relished my time spent in the flowered ballet flats of Aven […]

December 02

Top Ten New Informational Picture Books by Lorraine Brontë Magee

Last summer, I took a course at Lesley University called Exploring Nonfiction for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom. Through the course, I discovered that the world of nonfiction is one in which students become global citizens, amateaur historians, citizen scientists, and critical thinkers. As the literacy gatekeeper of my classroom, I made it my […]

December 01

Our 6th Nerdversary by Donalyn Miller

“If you give people a good book to talk about, you can build a community out of a diverse group. A common language grows out of it.” ― Nancy Pearl   The Nerdy Book Club blog began on December 1, 2011 with this post announcing the First Annual Nerdy Book Club Awards. Now known as […]