Author Archives: donalynm

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 […]

December 28

The 2018 Nerdies: Early Readers and Early Chapter Books, Announced by Alyson Beecher

  It’s time for the Nerdies! Wednesday, John Schu kicked us off by announcing the 2018 Fiction Picture Book Winners and yesterday, Donalyn Miller shared the 2018 Nonfiction Picture Book Winners. Today, the fun continues. As I was packing up books to float onto teachers a few weeks ago, I held back certain titles in […]

December 27

The 2018 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books

Congratulations to the 2018 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for the best nonfiction books of the year and thank you to the hundreds of educators and families who nominated books.   Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Simon […]

December 02

Our Seventh Nerdversary and the 8th Annual Nerdy Book Club Award Nominations

Colby Sharp and I met in person at the 2011 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Chicago. We had been collaborating for several months online by then. Colby participated in my annual summer #bookaday reading challenge, then joined me to co-host my monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk in the fall.   In spite […]

August 19

Fellow Travelers by Donalyn Miller

I have packing rituals—habits I follow each time I prepare for a trip. I can pack my carry-on suitcase, Little Red, like a racetrack pit crew—quickly slotting my clothes, computer cords, and shoes into their proper places. After packing the essentials, I examine the available remaining space in my bag and fill it with books. […]