Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Own So Many Books

I confess that I’ve been avoiding becoming a real member of the Nerdy Book Club since Colby, Donalyn and Cindy started it at the end of 2011.  I have read nearly every post and commented on many, but thought I just didn’t have time to blog with another group.  However, they’ve found me anyway, and […]

The Book Thief

Dear Student Who Stole My Book, Listen – I get it. The book is wicked cool. That’s why I read it in the first place and that’s why I recommended it to all of you as my students. So, I understand why you wanted to take the book and read it. I kept it right […]

Top Ten Girl Power Books: Picture Books & Early Readers

Princess Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko Elizabeth is no ordinary princess. Munsch takes a simple quest tale and turns it on its head. The dragon destroys the castle and carries off Prince Ronald! It is up to Princess Elizabeth to rescue him, which she does with […]

Books Are Magic

Books are—quite simply—magic. In my own life, books have certainly had transformative power. The very act of reading and choosing books over other options has kept me from taking one life course, and instead, taking another: a very ordinary, we’ve-always-lived-this way-life—OR—a life of possibility and beauty. A life of new ideas all around you!—OR—a life […]

Retro Review: Song of Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman illustrated by Beckie Prange Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Awards: Caldecott Honor Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award NCTE Notable Book in Language Arts NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book April is National Poetry Month, and one of my favorite books of poetry to share with children […]

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

I have been a member of the offline Nerdy Book Club for as long as I can remember…. Mrs. Lucas, my elementary school librarian, fed me books that I became lost in. I loved everything about that library. Miss Watts, my third grade teacher, read Charlotteʼs Web aloud to us. The reason I remember this […]

Growing Up Book-Nerdy

Some people are born into families that could double as debate teams, folk music groups, or sailboat crews. Not me. I grew up in a family that was—I realize now—essentially a Nerdy Book Club. In my early years, I lived with my mother, her parents, and her aunt in a Baltimore row house a few […]

A Reading Time Capsule

If I was making a time capsule of my life, I would use only books. I have been an honorary member of the Nerdy Book Club my entire life. Prying me away from a well told story was always a challenge and continues to be an obstacle, constantly in the way of other forms of […]

The Books I Love

When it comes to choosing a book I love, it’s difficult to think of just one—forget picking a favorite, it’s simply impossible. My genre preferences are eclectic to say the least; I can find equal joy in a lighthearted YA romance or a heavy literary masterpiece.  There are, however, several things the books I love […]

Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching:  I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the book, I came up with what I thought were awesome projects so the kids could have fun after reading […]