Author Archives: CBethM

October 02

Sitting On My Brains by Kenneth Kraegel

All the good teachers I have ever had have a place in my memory, a kind of pantheon. They are people who I admire and taught me a lot, each in their own way. Here I will write about Mr. Downey, because his wise intervention with me was so concise and is easily told in […]

October 01

Performing Books by Carolyn Crimi

I reread Winnie the Pooh every year. It’s my favorite book of all time, and always, always after reading it I remember why I became a writer. I loved that book so much as a child that I wanted to live in the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and Piglet. I had it all planned […]

September 30

When Reading is More Than Just a Story by Carrie Rodusky

Sometimes I come across a story that is so special, so important, that I almost do not even feel worthy enough to have been part of something so beautiful; like I was let in on a secret and that secret changes me.   I read many books. Not only because I love to read, but […]

September 29

Learning How to Navigate Feelings by Tom Percival

Okay! So… can we all just agree on something here?   Well, actually—no the sad truth is that we probably can’t. Sometimes it feels like all we can do is disagree with each other. Disagreeing is just one of those things that human beings are especially good at, and that’s a good thing. If we […]

September 28

Top Ten Books for Current Foodies and Future Chefs by Kacy Smith Paterson

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are,” stated French politician and gastrome Brillat-Savarin. Food keeps us alive, but it also represents our culture, values, and history.  America’s food culture is expanding, and food is connecting us among our cultures, values, and histories. Whether you have a little kitchen helper […]

September 26

A Post for National Dumpling Day by Kat Zhang, author of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

I’m so excited to be celebrating National Dumping Day with you all here at the Nerdy Book Club! Making dumplings and baozi, or bao (a type of meat-and-dough bun!) with my family was an important part of my childhood, and an experience I drew on heavily to write my upcoming picture book, Amy Wu and […]

September 25

Jackpot is a Winner by Georgia Parker

I hit the jackpot (pun intended) when Nic Stone’s latest novel landed in my mailbox. I’m a huge Nic Stone fan, and her YA realistic fiction. I adore her debut novel Dear Martin in which Stone brilliantly uses a combination of prose and an epistolary style to give voice to her protagonist, Justyce, as he […]

September 24

Catastrophes and Connections: On Anxiety by Matthew Landis

“Maybe you should stop writing this book,” my wife said.   This was three years ago while I was drafting my forthcoming novel, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS I KNOW IT (Sept 24, Dial/Penguin).   I was also stockpiling water in our basement in the event that Kim Jung Un made good on […]

September 23


Why write for the young? Maybe I write for the boy I was. Maybe everything is a message back to him, to tell him: be yourself; be happy; be free. All will turn out well. And maybe in the process, maybe I’m saying that to all the young. The world is difficult and wonderful, just […]

September 22

Beginnings by Renée Watson

“Everything and everyone has a story, a beginning.” –Some Places More Than Others My story begins in Paterson, New Jersey. I was born on a humid day in July, the fifth child coming to the Watson family, who were all waiting and hoping for a boy. For the first few months of my life, my […]