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December 26

The 2018 Nerdies: Fiction Picture Books Announced by John Schu

I’m excited to kick off the eighth annual Nerdy Book Club Awards. First up is fiction picture books! A humongous thank-you to everyone who nominated titles. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Happy reading!     A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin “Each time Grace Lin tells a story, we tuck it away in our […]

December 26

The 2017 Nerdies: Fiction Picture Books Announced by John Schu

I am overjoyed to kick of the seventh annual Nerdy Book Club Awards by celebrating fiction picture books. A BIG thank-you to everyone who nominated titles. Congratulations to this year’s winners. Happy reading! All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Mike Curato “Usually, I work to size. That means that the drawing […]

December 26


I always feel sad and slightly deflated around 11:50 PM on December 25. The thought of putting away my whimsical ornaments and comforting Christmas tree until November of next year leaves me feeling blue. Thankfully, my mood always turns around when I remember the Nerdy Book Club Award winners will appear on this blog from […]

July 15

Book Trailer Premiere: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

I read Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan on January 4, 2012. I can still see the tears that soaked the pages of my advanced reader’s copy. I can still hear the reverberating refrain that ran through my head on that cold winter’s day: “I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I […]

The 2012 Picture Book Nerdies Go To…

The day after Christmas is always a little sad. The presents are unwrapped.  Empty bottles of eggnog are in the recycling bin. You know that in the very near future you’ll have to take down your beautiful Christmas tree. I have the perfect thing to put you back in a festive mood: THE 2012 PICTURE […]

Book Release Calendar

Oh my goodness, I have a new obsession: adding titles to the Book Release Calendar. Up until last week, I recorded forthcoming titles in a private Google document. I was not very good about updating it, though. I always remember the release dates for books advertised around my school library, in bathrooms (yes, I advertise […]

The 2011 Picture Book Nerdies Go to…

Ladies and Gentlemen! Nerds and Non-nerds!   I am excited to announce the winners for Best Picture Book in the 2011 Nerdy Book Club Awards. Congratulations to the winners and nominees. Thank you to those who nominated picture books and voted. YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! by Peter Brown [Little, Brown and Company | Grades […]