If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.

This online space was designed to give us a home to share that love of reading with others as well as to organize voting and announcing winners of our First Annual Nerdies Book Awards.

Websites don’t make or maintain themselves though. This one has four facilitators who work hard to keep this place running smoothly.

NERD picture Nerdcamp 14 take 2Donalyn Miller has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, TX area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn is the founder of the annual #bookaday event and co-host the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week TeacherThe Reading TeacherEducational Leadership and The Washington Post. You can find her on Twitter @donalynbooks.

Colby Sharp is a 3rd grade teacher. You can find him on Twitter @colbysharp.

Katherine Sokolowski inhabits two worlds. The first is in a tiny rural town surrounded by cornfields. She teaches fifth grade in Monticello, Illinois – the same town where she grew up. She also inhabits a world of books. The characters she has met there have taught her countless lessons. She shares this love of reading with her students each year as well as her two sons and husband. You can find Katherine on Twitter @katsok.

Cindy Minnich makes her home in the lovely river town of Millersburg, PA, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of fuzzy children. She teaches twelfth grade English at Upper Dauphin Area High School. Maybe she shouldn’t admit this, but she probably likes technology almost as much as she loves books. You can find her on Twitter @CBethM.

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