Viva Nerd Vegas

The Nerdy Book Club descended on the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Las Vegas this weekend. This annual convention is Nerdy Heaven, a reader’s rock concert, with author sessions and signings, book giveaways, and conversations with bookish people all weekend long. Meeting many Nerdy posters face-to-face for the first time was like catching up with old friends who are dedicated to promoting books and reading to children.  I hope that the readers who discovered Nerdy Book Club during the NCTE convention contribute posts and add their voices to our community soon. For those of you who couldn’t attend the convention, it only takes two readers to have a Nerdy Book Club convention any time or place you want!

Here are a few photo and video highlights from our weekend gatherings.

Jonathan Auxier, Nerdy poster, and author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes amazed attendees at the Nerdy Book Club party with this yo-yo summary of his marvelous book.


Colby Sharp and Katherine Sokolowski hang out at the Nerdy Book Club party.


Everyone was starstruck when R.J. Palacio showed up at the Nerdy Book Club party. Beth Shaum’s giant smile communicates how much we all love Wonder.


The Michigan contingent of the Nerdy Book Club includes Brian Wyzlic, Nikki Barnes, Colby Sharp and Beth Shaum.


Beloved Nerdy author, Jenni Holm, and equally beloved Nerdy poster, Mindi Rench.


It was a packed house at the Nerdy Book Club roundtable session.


Jen Vincent and Brian Wyzlic at the Nerdy Book Club party.


Cindy Minnich talks up Twitter during the Nerdy Book Club Roundtable.


It might take awhile to share Nerdy’s inscribed copy of Wonder with over 200 posters!


Thanks to everyone who participated in Nerdy Book Club events and presentations this weekend and to all of you who help make Nerdy great every day.


Donalyn Miller is a fourth grade teacher at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. Donalyn co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk (with Nerdy co-founder, Colby Sharp), and facilitates the Twitter reading initiative, #bookaday.