Monthly Archives: December 2012

Announcing the 2012 Non-Fiction Nerdies by Mindi Rench

Growing up, I was not a fan of non-fiction books.  I loved romance.  I loved sweeping sagas of families facing hardship.  I loved books about girls in itchy dresses.  I did NOT love books about the habitat of parrots or how to build a garden in my backyard.  In a pinch, I would read the […]


Light Verse, Incredibly Diverse, Apologies, Honey Bees, Contemplation, Rumination. Best six: Classics * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * LIGHT VERSE I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic Greenwillow Books Author’s Website Jack Prelutsky, the inaugural Children’s Poet Laureate, continues to delight children with his poems. […]


I feel like I should run through the street yelling from house to house, “The Nerdies are here! The Nerdies are here!” 2012 brought us some amazing books and I’m delighted to be sharing the graphic novel winners with you. As a huge fan of graphic novels, I am thrilled with this list. I think […]


I have been happily immersed in nonfiction picture books lately.  I have spent a lot of time looking at many great nonfiction books as I choose the best mentor texts for nonfiction to have in our classroom library. One of the ways I’ve done that is to spend a great deal of time looking at […]

The 2012 Early Reader and Chapter Book Winners are…

Discovering the perfect early reader or early chapter book can be difficult.  Sure there are wonderfully illustrated books, but to find one that has just the right illustrations and is engaging; yet written in a way that allows developing young readers to have success is much more challenging. This year, I am celebrating that the […]

The 2012 Picture Book Nerdies Go To…

The day after Christmas is always a little sad. The presents are unwrapped.  Empty bottles of eggnog are in the recycling bin. You know that in the very near future you’ll have to take down your beautiful Christmas tree. I have the perfect thing to put you back in a festive mood: THE 2012 PICTURE […]

Our Favorite Books of 2012!

How blessed have we all been with the gift of books! Here is a chance for us to say thanks for our favorites from this year.   (This was a tough assignment for many – but you all handled it well. Thank you for sharing your photos with us!)   Enjoy the video and Happy […]

Igniting the Fire by Michelle Copland

As a teacher of young children, I make it my life’s work to induct members into the Nerdy Book Club.  I have a fabulous classroom library stocked with all the most popular titles as well as timeless favorites.  I give book talks, show book trailers, and create eye-catching displays.  I give my students ample time […]

Book Gap Challenge by Donalyn Miller

Marking the end of another reading year seems artificial to me. There isn’t a noticeable difference between my reading life on December 31st and January 1st. I am caught in a book on any given day. I suppose the end of the year provides an opportunity to look back at the books I’ve read in […]

Top Ten Reasons We Love Authors by Jillian Heise and Brian Wyzlic

As is seemingly the case with everyone who attended NCTE, great conversations turned into great planning sessions turned into blog posts/new ideas in the classroom/extensive To Be Read lists. On the very first day, we found ourselves a nice comfy couch and that became our hub for planning over the 6 days we were in […]