Author Archives: donalynm

January 19

Cover Reveal: Flying Over Water by N.H. Senzai and Shannon Hitchcock

Authors N.H. Senzai and Shannon Hitchcock stop by Nerdy Book Club to share the cover of their upcoming book, Flying Over Water, how the story began, and their collaborative process writing the book.   What inspired this story?    Shannon: My friend’s daughter converted to Islam and that piqued my interest in the religion. I […]

January 14

The Sowing Circle by Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Thanks so much for hosting us on the Nerdy Book Club. The Sowing Circle is a collective of four Black women children’s book creators – Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, whose mission is to sow words and images into the hearts of children. We hope people […]

January 03

The 2019 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part Two), Announced by a Convention of Nerds

Today we announce the second half of the 2019 Young Adult Fiction Nerdies and wrap up 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 is a collective space and we appreciate you supporting other educators, families, and kids […]

January 02

The 2019 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part One), Announced by a Chapter of Nerds

  We finish up the 2019 Nerdy Book Club Awards with two collaborative posts celebrating the best young adult fiction. This year, we honor twenty-five outstanding titles capturing and respecting the challenges of adolescence. Each outstanding book offers young adults validation and support for their experiences and struggles, and expands readers’ understanding of perspectives differing […]

December 31

The 2019 Nerdies: Long Form Nonfiction Announced by Donalyn Miller

  Engaging, accurate, relevant nonfiction texts provide opportunities to expand our knowledge of the world and our perceptions of both the past and future’s potential. I have always enjoyed nonfiction books and spent a large part of my childhood reading books about animals and history. As an adult, I still enjoy reading about the natural […]

December 30

The 2019 Nerdies: Graphic Novels, Announced by Katherine Sokolowski

Since the beginning of the Nerdy Book Club awards, I’ve been lucky enough to announce the graphic novel winners each year. Before Christmas I begin to stalk my email inbox, waiting for a message from Donalyn Miller sharing the winning titles with me. When that long-awaited list arrives, I quickly scroll through, cheering for classroom […]

December 29

The 2019 Nerdies: Poetry and Novels in Verse, Announced by Mary Lee Hahn

  Congratulations to the 2019 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for the best children’s and young adult poetry books and novels in verse of the year!    This year’s winners prove that poetry is a verse-atile container for emotions, ideas, and topics.   ANTHOLOGY     Thanku: Poems of Gratitude  edited by Miranda Paul and […]

December 28

The 2019 Nerdies: Early Readers and Chapter Books, Announced by Alyson Beecher

  Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate books for the Early Readers and Early Chapter Book category. This year, we are celebrating 12 books that cover a range of topics from reuniting a lost dog with his family to dealing with very real family issues including a birthday celebration gone awry, […]

December 27

The 2019 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books Announced by Lynsey Burkins

When I think of informational reading I always carry with me the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better you do better.”  I especially think of these words when I read biographies, which are my favorite informational text to read. Reading the stories of […]

December 09

Nominations Open for the 9th Annual Nerdies by Donalyn Miller

2019 Nerdy Book Club Award Ballot Opens   In the beginning, Nerdy was a community-driven book award blog, and we still hold the Nerdy Book Club Awards, the Nerdies, each winter. Each year’s list provides an overview of our readers’ and their reading communities’ most popular recommendations. The Nerdies look like a handpicked children’s bookshelf—a current […]