January 30

Congratulations to the ALA Youth Media Awards Winners

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards just might be the most exciting day in children’s literature. You can find a list of the winners here. We’d love to know in the comments which books you are adding to your to-read list. After the awards were announced Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp recorded a conversation […]

January 27

Supporting Ukraine and Ukrainian Children in Our Classrooms by Diane Baima

I have been following the Nerdy Book club since 2014 when I first read Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer.  That book helped me define my philosophy of teaching reading, and has brought so many wonderful books to me and my students.   I am an American and teach at an international school in Ukraine.  I did […]

January 20

Activism In and About Children’s Books by Ami Polonsky

In World Made of Glass, thirteen-year-old Iris’s dad is dying of AIDS. It’s 1987, and while the marginalized groups most impacted by the virus have been acutely aware of its presence for years, the general public is just starting to learn about it. As the book unfolds, Iris comes to understand that the government, pharmaceutical […]

January 17

Writing Poetry with Children by Laura Shovan

Twenty-three years ago, I left my full-time position teaching high school English and applied for my dream job: Visiting poet-in-the-schools for my state arts council. Surprise! Being a visiting poet required different skills than those I’d been growing as a classroom educator. Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of young poets in all types […]

January 10

Carole Boston Weatherford & E. B. Lewis Discuss YOU ARE MY PRIDE

YOU ARE MY PRIDE is a powerfully written and beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author and illustrator team Carole Boston Weatherford and E. B. Lewis.  In the story, Mother Africa addresses her offspring of all colors in all corners of the earth, reminding us of our timeless bond. Kirkus gave YOU ARE MY PRIDE […]

January 09

What 2023 books are you most excited to read? by Colby Sharp

I had a blast adding books to my to-read list from December 26-January 3 during the Nerdy Book Club awards season. If you haven’t checked out the list, be sure to go back and check out those posts here on the Nerdy blog. I still have a stack of 2022 books that I need to […]

January 03

THE 2022 NERDIES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION PART TWO ANNOUNCED BY A CONVENTION OF NERDS

Today marks the end of the 2022 Nerdy Book Club Awards’ announcements. What an incredible collection of titles for young readers of all ages and interests! Our final Nerdies’ post shares the second half of the Young Adult Fiction winners. Thank you to everyone who nominated books for this year’s awards and wrote announcement posts […]

January 02

THE 2022 NERDIES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION (PART ONE) ANNOUNCED BY A CHAPTER OF NERDS

We educators and community members cannot forget that it doesn’t matter which books win awards for best children’s and young adult literature if young people never see these books in their schools, libraries, or homes. National efforts to censor books in school libraries and classrooms limit students’ access to books and restrict librarians and teachers’ ability to […]

January 01

THE 2022 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction Announced by Colby Sharp

The first thing I do each year when Donalyn Miller sends me the list of Middle Grade Fiction winners is count how many I have read. I have currently read 16 out of the 22 winners. The second thing I do, is add the rest to my to-read list. The first book I plan on […]

December 31

THE 2022 NERDIES: LONG FORM NONFICTION ANNOUNCED BY DONALYN MILLER

This year’s winners of the 2022 Nerdy Book Club Awards for Long Form Nonfiction take young people from botany to basketball–increasing their awareness and appreciation of our interconnected world and our shared and diverse experiences. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators, and publishers of these outstanding nonfiction books! Thank you to everyone who took the time […]