Monthly Archives: October 2012

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen – Reviewed by Brian Wyzlic

Quick: name the last YA mystery that you read that kept you turning the pages all night? I’ll wait. For those of you more up-to-speed on your YA mystery stuff than I am, you might have a list for me (by the way, please leave that list in the comments – I think we could […]

Picture Books—and Batman—Are for Everyone by Marc Tyler Nobleman

The day after Halloween, you don’t stop yourself from sneaking a piece of your child’s candy while thinking “Wait, I’m too old for a Fun Size Snickers.” You liked one if not all of the Toy Story movies as much as if not more than people who actually play with toys. And when you’ve taken […]

Book Marks by Kim Baker

I can’t recall many stories from my youth. Isn’t that terrible? I know I read. A lot. I remember the carpet in the Casper Public Library. I can recall the frustrated anticipation of waiting for the Scholastic book club orders to be distributed. I had a system for questioning librarians and teachers to find out […]

Preferred Texts by Kevin Hodgson

As educators, we can’t ignore the fact that our students are “reading” more and more varied texts these days, and yet, if you are like me, much of what we “read” in our classrooms are still very much traditional books and articles. Words on paper. At the start of the school year, I used a […]

Top Ten Girl Power Books: YA/Teen by Jen Vincent, Kellee Moye and Maria Selke

Long gone are the days when girls had to look far and wide for powerful young women in popular literature. Long gone, too, are the days when there was only one model of strength. Today, our favorite ladies are even hitting the big screen in blockbuster films. Hermione from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, was […]

Celebrating the Wonder of Wonder by Sherry Gick

Sharing the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio with students is certainly not a new idea…most of us have been sharing Wonder with anyone who would listen since the beginning of 2012!  Even so, there’s something so amazingly wonder-ful about this book and how it touches readers’ lives.  I will never tire of seeing and hearing […]

Reading Poll: Favorite Series

Some books are so good we wish they’d never end. Some authors indulge their readers’ wishes by writing sequels. We at Nerdy are wondering what series top the list of favorites for both our students and us. Leave your favorite series titles in the comments below and we will select one lucky winner to receive […]

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander – Author Interview by Laura Given

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander What it’s about (in one sentence): In a world where acting is outlawed and masks have magical powers, young Rownie joins a troupe of goblins and searches for his lost brother. What I love:                                 […]

My Reading Life by Caroline Starr Rose

My reading life began with a picture book called The Littlest Rabbit. I would solemnly quote the first page, “Everybody is bigger than I am,” entertaining my family by (unknowingly) speaking the truth about my place in the big, wide world. That world placed limitations on what I could do and where I could go, […]

The Reluctant Reader by Heather Cato

I know it’s not a contest or anything, but I bet that when I began teaching language arts I had read fewer books of any kind than any other language arts teacher in the history of public education.  I never liked reading as a kid, but I can vividly remember the first time I took […]