December 29


The 2018 Nerdies: Poetry and Novels in Verse


Congratulations to the 2018 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for the best children’s and young adult poetry books and novels in verse of the year! Thank you to the hundreds of educators and families who nominated books.


Children’s Books


Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko (Carolrhoda Books)


can i touch your hair


Knockout by K.A. Holt (Chronicle Books)




Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)


lifeboat 12


Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Scholastic Press)


martin rising


Rebound by Kwame Alexander (HMH Books for Young Readers)


rebound kwame alexander


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina, illustrated by 13 Artists (Penny Candy Books)


thirteen ways of looking at a black boy


Young Adult Books


Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (Dutton Books for Young Readers)


blood water paint


For Every One by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)


for every one


Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Magarita Engle, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)


jazz owls


Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook Press)


marys monster


Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Blink)




The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)


the poet x


Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye (Greenwillow Books)


voices in the air