Author Archives: donalynm

December 01

Past, Present, and Future (Our Eighth Nerdversary) by Donalyn Miller

This Thanksgiving, we were blessed with fifteen dinner guests—spanning four generations of family and friends. Although my mother and aunts have passed the bulk of holiday meal preparation to younger family members, they still hold sway over details like meal times, dress codes, and the menu. It’s tricky to please and honor everyone at the […]

October 06

Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

  I am endlessly fascinated with readers—what and why they read, how they became readers and sustain a reading habit, and the ways reading has shaped their worldview and their identity development.   I know other folks are endlessly fascinated with other aspects of reading and reading instruction including phonics, comprehension, or vocabulary. All of […]

June 02

The 11th Annual #Bookaday Challenge

Like all readers, my reading life ebbs and flows. For every week I stay up until 2 am to finish Tomi Adeyemi’s 544-page epic fantasy tome, Children of Blood and Bone, I can point to weeks where I read almost nothing, but emails and Facebook posts. We don’t commit to reading once, we recommit every […]

May 02

Cover Reveal: One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole

We are excited to reveal the cover for Henry Cole’s upcoming book, One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey (Scholastic Press, April 2020). Henry Cole graciously answered some of our burning questions about the cover and the book.     How does this cover invite readers into the story without giving too much away? Your attention […]

January 11

Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills In the Age of Fake News by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins

  Let’s start by making one thing clear: writing Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills In the Age of Fake News was not a labor of love. Don’t get us wrong, we loved working together. We loved our research driven writing process. We loved our editorial team. And we loved being able to share […]

January 03

The 2018 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part Two), Announced by a Convention of Nerds*

Today we announce the second half of the 2018 Nerdies for Best Young Adult Fiction of the Year and close out the Nerdy Book Club Awards for this year. Thank you to everyone who nominated books and volunteered to write reviews for our announcement posts. Nerdy remains a vibrant reading community because of all of […]

January 02

The 2018 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part One), Announced by a Chapter of Nerds

We finish up the 2018 Nerdy Book Club Awards with two collaborative posts celebrating the best young adult fiction. This year, we honor twenty outstanding titles capturing and respecting the challenges of adolescence. Each exemplary book offers young adults validation and support for their experiences and struggles, and expands readers’ understanding of perspectives differing from […]

December 31

The 2018 Nerdies: Long Form Nonfiction, Announced by Carol Jago and Donalyn Miller

Engaging, relevant nonfiction texts provide opportunities to expand our knowledge of the world and our understanding of both the past and future’s potential. We are delighted and honored to share with you the outstanding long form nonfiction books selected as 2018 Nerdy Book Club Nerdies winners. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the […]

December 30

The 2018 Nerdies: Graphic Novels, Announced by Katherine Sokolowski

Break out your credit cards, fire up your library’s website to reserve some books, it’s time to share some more of the 2018 Nerdy Award winning titles with you. This list is one a group of my students will cheer for like no other. See, it doesn’t matter that I have over two hundred graphic […]

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 […]