Author Archives: donalynm

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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 […]

lair-of-dreams 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. […]

we-the-people 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 […]

lily-and-dunkin September 30

Share Bravely by Donna Gephart

When our son, Andrew, was about eleven, I found a book he was going to read: Jumper by Steven Gould. I read the first couple pages. “Uh, NO!” The opening scene was about a boy being abused by his father – his father with a very large buckle on the belt that was in his […]

nerdy-bookcast September 18

The Nerdy Bookcast by Donalyn Miller

When Colby and I started the Nerdy Book Club blog in 2011, we created a home where authors, illustrators, booksellers, teachers, librarians, administrators, and families can come together to celebrate children’s literature and share ideas for engaging children with lifelong reading. This community has grown into more than a blog and provides year round resources […]

towers falling August 21

It’s a Wide World by Donalyn Miller

Tomorrow morning, our younger daughter, Sarah, starts her senior year of high school. After two decades of first days with our daughters, this marks our final first day of school as parents. Shopping for school supplies, Sarah joked that this was the last time she would need a cart full of folders. I suppose our […]

the girl who drank the moon August 03

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Reviewed by Stacey Riedmiller and Donalyn Miller

  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill honors classic fantasy archetypes while offering readers a contemporary discussion of power, love, family, and sacrifice. The recipient of four starred reviews, Barnhill’s breathtaking story reveals a writer with masterful control of her craft and unwavering devotion to her audience. She knows who she is […]

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A Place to Be Quiet by Donalyn Miller

I’ve traveled continuously this summer—going from one literacy conference to the next. I’ve met thousands of teachers, librarians, and administrators gathered in auditoriums and classrooms to learn more about engaging children with reading. It’s been an inspiring summer spent talking with passionate folks about literacy. I have learned a lot and hopefully shared some ideas […]


#OrlandoStrong by Anne Lee

  I find myself on a plane on a day of another national tragedy. In 2001,  I was on an early flight from Orlando to New York which circled the Twin Towers trying to land in LaGuardia while one tower smoked in the distance, just hours later to fall.   This time it took place […]

hamilton June 18

The Top Ten Books for Hamilnerds by Sarah Gross, Donalyn Miller, and Melissa Posten

Hamilton: An American Musical has taken the world by storm. Based on Ron Chernow’s 2005 comprehensive biography, Alexander Hamilton, the musical has garnered a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album, eleven Tony Awards, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Fans of all ages listen to the songs, engage with the cast on […]