Author Archives: donalynm

i-was-born-with-a-reading-list-necklace February 12

So Many Books, So Little Time: Tips for Reading Strategically by Donalyn Miller

We own too many books. I’ve confessed this before, and it surprises no one. Don and I spend too much time sorting, culling, dusting, moving, and shelving books. Without constant maintenance, our book collection would take over our lives and home. We have tried to control our book hoarding tendencies, but it’s a losing battle. […]

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Freedom of Speech by Donalyn Miller

  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” –First Amendment, U.S. Constitution     The United States […]

the-serpent-king January 03

THE 2016 NERDIES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION (PART TWO) ANNOUNCED BY A CONVENTION OF NERDS

    This post includes the second half of the 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for best young adult fiction. The first part of the list ran in yesterday’s post. Congratulations to all of the winners. Your books offer reader empowering stories celebrating the resilience, honesty, and integrity of young adults as they navigate […]

burn-baby-burn January 02

THE 2016 NERDIES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION (PART ONE) ANNOUNCED BY A CHAPTER OF NERDS

We end the 2016 Nerdy Book Club Awards with two collaborative posts celebrating the best young adult fiction. This year, we honor twenty outstanding young adult fiction titles that capture and respect the challenges of adolescence. Each book on the list offers young adults validation and support for their experiences and struggles, and expands understanding […]

rad-women-worldwide December 31

THE 2016 NERDIES: LONG FORM NONFICTION ANNOUNCED BY DONALYN MILLER

Since my childhood, I have been fascinated with nonfiction books. I read our family World Book Encyclopedias and Time-Life books from cover-to-cover and methodically worked through every biography and wildlife book in my elementary school library. My lifelong fascination for natural and human history, geography, and life sciences began in that library, and I still […]

paper-girls-volume-one December 30

THE 2016 NERDIES: GRAPHIC NOVEL WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY KATHERINE SOKOLOWSKI

The Nerdy Book Club Awards are a time of great excitement and great expense. I look forward to these awards each year, but also fear for my credit card bill by the end of them. Just getting this list for the graphic novel winners shortly before Christmas was wallet draining. There were several books I […]

lion-island-margarita-engle December 29

THE 2016 NERDIES: POETRY AND NOVELS IN VERSE ANNOUNCED BY MARY LEE HAHN

  One third of humanity and four fifths of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way at night. With or without us, the stars shine on.   Love is as constant as the stars. At times, it as hidden as the Milky Way from our view.   The poetry category of the Nerdies, and […]

duck-duck-porcupine December 28

2016 NERDIES: EARLY READER AND CHAPTER BOOK WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY ALYSON BEECHER

  For the past four years, I have had the honor of announcing the Early Reader and Chapter Book Winners of the Nerdies. Before I write the post, I look over the previous year’s announcement. Are there trends? Do certain authors show up year after year? Were there any surprises? Have we increased the number […]

whoosh December 27

THE 2016 NERDIES: NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY KAREN TERLECKY

I love reading informational books for children – they are full of topics that will pique the interest of everyone. All of the winners of the best nonfiction picture book category for the 2016 Nerdies definitely fit this bill. There is a little something for everyone; and in my case, several books that I just […]

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Nerdy Site News: Schedule Change

Since Nerdy Book Club began on December 1, 2011, we have featured a new blog post every day—sometimes two. Over 1000 people have written for Nerdy—sharing their love for children’s and young adult literature and their commitment to the reading lives of young people. Whether you are a first year teacher or a 30-year veteran, […]