Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 18

Musings on Challenges, Pandas, Meltdowns, and Wordplay by Artie Bennett

First of all, let me thank Donalyn Miller at the Nerdy Book Club for this splendid opportunity to share a few musings about my spanking-new picture book, Peter Panda Melts Down! And secondly, allow me to muse. Peter Panda Melts Down! was my response to a challenge. The gauntlet had been thrown down. You see, […]

We Want You! Batty About Books Goes Wild! – Maria Selke and Kathy Burnette

I’ve always wanted the chance to be part of a book club. Unfortunately, most of the local people I know don’t tend to choose the books I like. So when I had the chance to “buddy up” with Kathy Burnette (aka @thebrainlair) last year, I eagerly jumped on board. We formed an alliance called “Batty […]

Adventures in Research by Jordan Jacobs

Reading was my primary pastime growing up.  When I wasn’t at school or Little League, or at a movie with friends, I was stretched out on the floor of my bedroom, a book propped up in front of me. It was fiction that usually kept me up late into the night, or made me linger […]

Ten Treats For Your Ears by Teri Lesesne

I bought a car after the first of the year.  It was time to retire my old SUV and move to something a bit scaled down.   The car came with a 90 free trial of Sirius XM radio. I will not extend beyond the 90 days, though. You see, I hardly listen to the radio […]

Not Guilty by Michael M. Guevara

Somehow this seems like one of those things that I should be embarrassed to admit, but I like watching Judge Judy. Maybe the show serves as a reminder that my own life, for all its chaos, resembles an episode of Leave It To Beaver when compared to the human drama paraded before Judge Judy. It could also be […]

POLL: What’s Your Favorite Snow Day Reading?

Ever since I was a kid, I have always seen snow days as an excuse to curl up with a blanket and a book. Snow men and sledding were for people who didn’t mind being cold and wet. I preferred going to go somewhere else for a while and live beyond my snowbound reality. As my […]

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd – Review by Beth Shaum

I live in a town that used to be full of magic. I think there’s still magic here. It’s just been playing hide-and-seek for a very long time. This town is also full of sad stories and sweet people. I like it here. I want to stay forever. Felicity Juniper Pickle lives a nomadic life […]

THE SNOW QUEEN AND I by Karen Foxlee

In Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy there is an evil snow queen and she’s pretty much planning to take over the world. I’ve been asked lots of questions about her recently.  Why I chose her to feature in my story.  Was Andersen’s The Snow Queen a favourite of mine? Am I a lover of fairy-tales […]

A Struggling Reader Responds by Laura M. Jimenez

I was born into and continue to live within the space that Gloria Anzaldúa termed La Frontera, or The Borderlands. Today I write to the Nerdy Book Club Universe from La frontera de los libros/the borderlands of books. I have come to truly admire the Nerdy Book Club bloggers but I am often left with […]

My Students’ Top Ten (11) + 5 Favorite Books They’ve Read So Far This Year by Jillian Heise

Teaching adolescents can be so fun, and 7th & 8th graders definitely have opinions on books. Another great part about working with the kids I spend my days teaching is the books that are available for that age group. I talk daily with my students about the books they’re reading and what they’re thinking about […]