THE 2016 NERDIES: FICTION PICTURE BOOK WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY JOHN SCHU
I always feel sad and slightly deflated around 11:50 PM on December 25. The thought of putting away my whimsical ornaments and comforting Christmas tree until November of next year leaves me feeling blue. Thankfully, my mood always turns around when I remember the Nerdy Book Club Award winners will appear on this blog from December 26 to January 3. I love seeing my Twitter feed filled with colleagues celebrating the Nerdies. It warms my heart knowing to-read mountains will grow and fabulous books will be placed into the hands of young readers.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Nerdies!
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
You might have heard about this book.
You might have read the fascinating and buzz-inducing article on its acquisition.
You might have heard Matthew Winner and Brendan Wenzel in conversation here. (And do if you haven’t! It’s a treat.)
You might have seen Emily Arrow’s super sweet song and video. (Kid-tested and approved in my library!)
Click here to read the rest.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illustrated by Christian Robinson
. @MrAdamRex and Christian Robinson are coming to @ParmaElementary today!!!!!!! #wsdpanthers #nerdybookclub pic.twitter.com/gdq00W0iJP
— Mr. ©olby Sharp (@colbysharp) September 30, 2016
Adam Rex and Christian Robinson visited Mr. Colby Sharp’s school on September 30, 2016.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Yuyi Morales
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen reads an excerpt from We Found a Hat.
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko; illustrated by Tim Miller
The Nerdy Book Club, Mr. Colby Sharp, and I celebrated Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) on February 2.
When I received Julie’s manuscript… Let’s just say that I had a difficult time remaining calm and believing that it was real. The tone and humor spoke straight to my soul. I couldn’t stop thinking about how fun it would be to draw. I loved all the cheeky back-and-forth banter between Snappsy and the Narrator. I immediately felt like Julie Falatko was a kindred spirit and that I had been handed a gift.
I created the illustrations by first making a lot of drawings with brush and ink of the different parts of each composition. Next I added watercolor to these. Then, I scanned them into the computer and pieced everything together. Finally, I tweaked it digitally, punching up the colors and making all the necessary touch-ups. | Click here to read the rest of the interview.
Shy by Deborah Freedman
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers
Margie Myers-Culver reviewed The Night Gardener on March 14, 2016.
Imagine if you will, upon waking, finding something so extraordinary you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming. The Night Gardener (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, February 16, 2016) written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers (Eric Fan and Terry Fan) explores the idea of a single significant act of beauty as the beginning of marvelous changes. Something or someone is working a kind of enchantment. Click here to read the rest of the review.
Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis
Five Questions (Plus One!) with Carson Ellis
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
Mary Ann Scheuer interviewed Lisa Brown on May 9, 2016.
How do you encourage parents to bring picture books alive for young children when they read them aloud?
It’s funny–there are books I read today that I only hear my father’s voice or my grandmother’s voice reading aloud. I hear my father reading “The Monster at the End of This Book” by Jon Stone. He would read it literally–when Grover was covering the pages with bricks, my father would struggle lifting and turning the page and I loved the drama he brought to it. Click here to read the rest of the interview.
Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale by Josh Funk; illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charlies Santoso
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Jennifer Reed featured The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles on June 20, 2016.
This book is one stunning package. Stead’s art and Cuevas’ narrative play off each other and build to form one beautiful, evocative, and thoughtful whole. Click here to continue reading.
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman; illustrated by Zachariah OHora
I premiered the book trailer for Horrible Bear! on April 1, 2016.
Hi, Ame Dyckman! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read. I am sooooo excited to share Horrible Bear’s book trailer with everyone.
Ame Dyckman: HI, and THANKS SO MUCH, Mr. Schu! The whole HORRIBLE Team and I are THRILLED to be back on Watch. Connect. Read. and TURNING CARTWHEELS (OW! MY HEAD! Well, it was a good try!) that you’re premiering HORRIBLE BEAR!’s book trailer! The DigiWizards in Little, Brown’s Digital Marketing Department took Zach’s amazing, HILARIOUS art and made this amazing, HILARIOUS animated trailer! (I’m not sure they’re actually called “DigiWizards.” But, I HOPE SO! On their robes!) Our trailer makes me LAUGH every time I watch it!
Click here to read the rest of the interview.
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead
Margie Myers-Culver reviewed Ideas Are All Around on March 25, 2016.
At puppy Xena’s first visit to the vet we were told as a sporting dog she needed long walks every single day. So we did. In sickness and health (mine) not a day was missed. There was also a great deal of running, swimming and hole digging (hers). That’s a lot of miles covered over fifteen years although during the last twelve months the walks became strolls and were shorter with lots of sniffing and pausing on her part.
All that walking for humans does not equal the same degree of senses used as it does for dogs. Although there is quite a bit of seeing, smelling, and hearing what seems to happen the most is time for thinking unless you are taking a trip through your neighborhood. That changes the entire experience. Ideas Are All Around (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, March 1, 2016) written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead is about an author in search of an idea.Click here to read the rest of Margie’s review.
Penguin Problems by Jory John; illustrated by Lane Smith
Margie Myers-Culver reviewed Penguin Problems on October 4.
Pointed, perfect pacing is a result of Jory John‘s word choices, sentence structure and keen sense of humor. By the third sentence, a question, readers recognize this penguin does have a problem and it’s only morning! As the narrative proceeds John increases the tension by moving from the environment to daily rituals and then to very specific physical traits. In the sequence where the penguin is seeking his parents, readers will roll on the floor laughing if they have not already done so previously. – Click here to read the full review.
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian; illustrated by Mike Curato
“I had the great honor of illustrating this important story written by debut author, J.J. Austrian. This was much more than just another project for me. It came at a poignant time in my life, and in our nation’s history.” –Mike Curato
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts
“Ada Twist, Scientist is a book about absolute curiosity.” -Andrea Beaty
Andrea Beaty reads an excerpt from Ida Twist, Scientist.
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
“I have a huge love of books that have a timeless and classic bent while also being infused with a certain modern element (like, say, LEO, A GHOST STORY or Greg Pizzoli’s GOOD NIGHT OWL). This book definitely satisfies on that regard: it’s old and yet new, old fashioned and modern, silly and wise. I love it.” -Julie Falatko, author of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell; illustrated by Rafael López
Teacher-librarian Travis Jonker included Maybe Something Beautiful in his 2017 Caldecott Medal predictions blog post.
“From the front/back endpaper transformation to the way the murals in the book interact with the setting, there’s a whole lot of subtle skill here that I think the Caldecott committee will notice.” –Travis Jonker
Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê; illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Cindy Christiansen featured Let Me Finish! on this blog earlier in the year.
This wonderful story follows the efforts of a frustrated protagonist as he seeks a quiet spot to read where his friends won’t spoil his books. Our subsequent discussion of boundaries and respect and what that looks like in our classroom will help start our year off on the right path. As a bonus, it’s a book about the love of reading!
Finally! I’ve been waiting for the Nerdies and now I can get to the library to pick up the few I have not read this year. Books, books, books–is there anything in the world more wonderful? I think not!
John, I hope you overcome your sadness quickly. There will be much book love and other goodies to come in 2017 and before next December. I found your post inspirational…even helping me with an ending for a story I’m working on. So thank you. Thank you, Mr. Schu and thank you Nerdy Book Club.
Feeling very smug to have bought two of these for a little boy on my Christmas list. Go Nerdies!
This brightened my whole day! Love the Nerdies! Holiday hugs to you, John, and to this delightfully nerdy community of book lovers.
Thank you for providing me with books and inspiration to share with my colleagues.
Happy to say my class has had or has each of these titles in our classroom! Maybe, just maybe we’ll draft a best of 2016 list from our perspective!
What a great list, John! And only two I’ve yet to read, and you can be sure I will 🙂
This list should be everyone’s MUST-reads! Amazing set to share with your family and friends (and students, and neighbors, and strangers…)
Love so many of these titles, especially Worm Loves Worm–one of my all-time favorites!! 🙂
Hearty Congrats to the winners. What fun!
Such a great list. I loved every one of these books (Well, there’s one I haven’t and read I’ll be looking for today)
This is awesome!
What a wonderful year for picture books!