Author Archives: donalynm

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

December 18

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, […]

December 01

Looking for a Home, Our 5th Nerdversary by Donalyn Miller

  As I child, I thought I was born into the wrong family. My mom and stepdad fought a lot, and worked multiple jobs to pay our bills. My brother, Wendell, was born with cerebral palsy and needed help with daily functions. My sister, Abbie, was retained in second grade for kicking a teacher during […]

November 13

Reading with Your Ears: An Audiobook Poll by Donalyn Miller

Traveling to visit schools and conferences, I spend a lot of time in rental cars. Continuously searching for a radio station becomes tiresome and long drives can be lonely and boring, so I load a few audiobooks onto my phone before every trip. Well-performed audio productions bring a book alive and engaging narrators provide companionship. […]

November 06

November 9th by Donalyn Miller

Yesterday, we celebrated our oldest daughter Celeste’s birthday by going to lunch at Red Robin, then watching the Trolls movie. The movie was cheesy, but cute and heartwarming. My oldest granddaughter, Emma, and I sat next to each other. We discussed how much we liked the felt, yarn, and stitch textures in the animations. We […]