Author Archives: donalynm

the last fifth grade of emerson elementary April 17

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan, Reviewed by Donalyn Miller

Another school year winds down and we look forward to the slower pace of summer. We can breathe. We spend time outdoors. We take vacations. We hang out around the house. We sleep later. We read more books.   As a teacher and parent, the end of the school is a bittersweet time. I do […]

harriet the spy March 20

Touchstones by Donalyn Miller

This weekend, I attended the Michigan Reading Association Conference and presented three sessions—one session about early 2016 book recommendations and two sessions about reading response. During the reading response sessions, I shared a few books from my reading autobiography, invited attendees to reflect on their own reading experiences and list books that have been meaningful […]

flowers for algernon February 21

Some Books for Now and Some Books for Later by Donalyn Miller

  I learned to read at a young age, and my parents soon lost the ability or will to monitor my reading choices. They trusted me to find books and navigate the ideas in what I read with little parental oversight. Occasionally, I would ask my mom about specific words or scenes that I didn’t […]

last stop on market street January 17

Getting on the Bus by Donalyn Miller

Last Monday, a tiny corner of the world celebrated the announcements of the American Library Association’s 2016 Youth Media Awards. Watching the announcements via live streaming, I switched between jotting book titles in my notebook, Voxing my excitement to my #bookaday group, clapping and hooting, and texting friends who were attending the announcements in person. The […]

under a painted sky January 03

The 2015 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction Winners Announced by Nerdy Nation (Part Two)

This post takes up where yesterday’s post left off–celebrating this year’s Nerdy Award winners for Young Adult Fiction. Thanks to Teri Lesesne, Jillian Heise, Lea Kelley, Kathy M. Burnette, Katherine Sokolowski, Colleen Graves, Beth Shaum, Paul W. Hankins, Sarah Gross, Pernille Ripp, Cindy Minnich, Brian Wyzlic, David Macginnis Gill, Jennifer Fountain, and Karin Perry for contributing […]

more happy than not January 02

The 2015 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction Announced by Nerdy Nation (Part One)

As we wrap up the final two Nerdy Book Club Awards’ posts (for Young Adult Fiction), we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who actively participates in the community we’ve built here. To all of you who read the blog, write book reviews and posts, nominate books for the Nerdies list, submit pictures, […]

stonewall December 31

The 2015 Nerdies: Nonfiction Winners Announced by Donalyn Miller

We celebrated the Nerdy Book Club Award winners for best nonfiction picture books earlier this week, and today, we honor longer works of nonfiction. These outstanding books take us on a journey through human or natural history—uncovering forgotten stories and revealing Nature’s mysteries. Each book makes a unique contribution to school, classroom, and home libraries—enhancing […]

enchanted air December 30

The 2015 Nerdies: Poetry and Novels in Verse Winners Announced by Mary Lee Hahn

  Congratulations to the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award Winners for Best Poetry and Novels in Verse!   2015 NERDY POETRY — DI-VERSE   DIVERSE ETHNICITIES — we celebrate DIVERSE HISTORIES — we remember DIVERSE FAMILIES — we experience DIVERSE WORLD — we glorify     DIVERSE ETHNICITIES — WE CELEBRATE     28 Days: […]

march book two December 29

The 2015 Nerdies: Graphic Novel Winners Announced by Katherine Sokolowski

Graphic novels are the single most circulated section in our classroom library. My students cannot get enough of them. When we made our stacks to take home for break, kids were taking the entire series of Lunch Lady, Amulet, Bone, or Babymouse. Students shouted across the room to other students to make sure they grabbed […]

shelter pet squad merlin December 28

The 2015 Nerdies: Early Reader and Chapter Book Winners Announced by Alyson Beecher

Whenever I need a laugh or just need a break from heavy duty reading, I turn to early readers or chapter books. Writers in this category know that they have to create a story that quickly draws in beginning readers and they do so with engaging characters, relatable situations, and humor or pets or sometimes […]