2012 Nerdy Book Club Award Nominations by Donalyn Miller

I know you are still reading.

I am still reading, too.

We will never stop reading, but sometimes we need to take a moment, reflect, and celebrate the books we have enjoyed and shared.

It is time for the second annual Nerdy Book Club Awards, the Nerdies. In a sea of end-of-year book lists and awards, our little award seeks to honor the 2012 children’s and young adults’ titles that teachers, librarians, authors, booksellers, parents, and most of all, young people, have loved reading this year.

Have you ever dreamed of serving on a book award committee? Did you know you were already on one?

Here is how the Nerdies works:

Nominate: The Nomination Ballot is open until November 30th. Nominate up to 10 books in each of the following categories:

Picture Books: Fiction

Picture Books: Nonfiction

Early Readers/ Chapter Books

Graphic Novels


MG/YA Nonfiction

Middle Grade Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

You do not need to nominate books in every category or nominate a full slate of ten nominees. All nominees must have been published in 2012 and written for children or young adults. In order to prevent ballot box stuffing for beloved titles (Colby, I am watching you), we have restricted the surveys to one response per computer.

Read: The top nominees in each category will be announced on December 2nd. Readers will have two weeks to catch up on any books they may have missed.

Vote: The final ballot will be open from December 16th-21st. Vote for your top choice in each category. You do not need to vote in every category to participate.

Wait: Enjoy the holidays. Read some more.

Celebrate: The 2012 Nerdies winners will be announced in daily category posts beginning December 26th.

Join us in honoring the books that matter to all of us and the children we encourage to read. No matter what wins, the ongoing conversations about these books will benefit every member of our community. Thank you for participating.

Let the Nerdies begin!

**If you are shopping for holiday gifts, don’t forget to give the gift of Nerdy this year. Proceeds from the Nerdy Book Club Cafe Press store benefit Reading Is Fundamental, and help provide books for needy children.

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.