Author Archives: CBethM

nerdy-bookcast September 24

Top 10 Podcasts to Use in the Classroom by Liza Lauter

After 11 years of teaching, here’s what I know about 8th graders:   They like a good story. They think they hate non-fiction. They love any time they can sit and listen. They (I’m sure) get sick of hearing my voice, even when it means they get to sit and listen.   So whenever I can […]

revolutionary-friends September 23

Loving Lafayette by Selene Castrovilla

As an author who has spent over fifteen years researching the American Revolution in the hopes of bringing it alive for readers (particularly young ones), I’m thrilled with — and, yes, even a little jealous of — the attention and interest the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has brought my beloved subject. At the Queens Book […]

we-all-looked-up September 22

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – Review by Oona Marie Abrams

Whoever said “don’t judge a book by its cover” has never taught high school. Even a cursory glance at covers during independent reading reveals boys who choose books based exclusively on their dearth of pinkness. The cover of We All Looked Up offers images of the four narrators, two male and two female, their backs […]

the-changelings September 21

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat – Review by Nathaniel Hardman

Witches, goblins, fairies, elves – these are fairy-tale creatures that have endured and become a staple in our fiction centuries. Partly that’s due to Disney, who kept dipping into the Grimm well (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas (jk!)), but it’s also Christmas traditions and bedtime stories and old books and any number of things. […]

truth-or-dare_final September 20

The Truth behind TRUTH OR DARE by Barbara Dee

My sixth novel had the unlikeliest inspiration: a YouTube video. Remember this one, titled First Moon Party? A few years ago, it went viral. Everyone was chatting about it, charmed by its mischievous humor and its empathy for the mom and daughter going through that most sensitive time, a girl’s first period. At the time the video […]

Sketch113194837 September 19

There’s Nothing to Eat; There’s Nothing to Read by Berit Gordon

There isn’t anything to eat in my house. My two older kids are at sleepaway camp, and I’ve let our fridge become a wasteland of containers no one wants to open, in addition to huge watermelons and Costco-sized bags of mini carrots that only my teens like to eat. The more crowded it becomes with […]

nerdcampjr September 17

Top Ten Things from nErDcampMI We Want to Try in Our Work by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

We attended nErDcampMI for the first time this summer.  It was not only our first time at nErDcampMI, it was our first edcamp.  Given that we are not only book nerds, but also PD nerds –we loved everything about it!!  We have been trying to capture what made this experience so powerful for us.  How […]

Lacey2 September 16

Thank You, Mr. Sanders by Tonya Foster

  Patricia Polacco’s Thank You, Mr. Falker is a tribute to the teacher that helped her learn to read as an intermediate school student. Whenever I read this book, I am always reminded of my favorite teacher, Mr. Wayne Sanders. I was a student, like many of the students I work with today, who made […]

princessjuniperoftheanju September 15

Once More Into the Breach: A Writer Examines the Art of the Sequel by Ammi-Joan Paquette

So, there was a day—not too long ago, although it seems like decades to this jaded eye—when I would have told you, quite sincerely and with a straight face: “Sequels? Wow! They are so much easier to write than stand-alones.” This was, of course, the voice of assumption rather than experience. But it made sense, […]

9780763679354-1 September 14

The Road to Success is Paved with Books by Ed Emberley – by Cece Bell

I didn’t read for pleasure very much when I was a kid. It wasn’t that I hated to read or anything drastic like that. I liked reading, and even had quite a few favorite books, but I was picky. I looked for books that hooked me after the first two pages or so. By the […]