Category Archives: 2014 Nerdies

sketch1419380456792 January 03

2014 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction Announced by Donalyn Miller and 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, Kevin English, Kathy M. Burnette, Katherine Sokolowski, Paul W. Hankins, Sarah Gross, Don Miller, Cindy Minnich, David Macginnis Gill, Jennifer Fountain, and Karin Perry for contributing reading responses and reviews for […]

sketch1419380456792 January 02

2014 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction Announced by Donalyn Miller and Nerdy Nation (Part One)

It seems like every second a new best books of 2014 list pops up online. Readers who enjoy keeping up with award-winning and well-reviewed current titles are frantically digging through to-read stacks in an attempt to catch every outstanding book they missed. Meanwhile, readers are looking over the fence at 2015 titles, which call to […]

sketch1419380456792 January 01

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION ANNOUNCED BY COLBY SHARP

Chances are if you are anything like me the first thing you did when you opened this post was scroll down and look at the winners. I’m hoping that you saw some of your favorite 2014 books obelow, and that you maybe found a book or two to add to your to-read list. Thanks for […]

sketch1419380456792 December 31

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR POETRY AND NOVELS IN VERSE ANNOUNCED BY MARY LEE HAHN

This day, this season, captured in snapshots, glimpses — savor each moment. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko illustrated by Melissa Sweet Candlewick Press author’s website: http://www.paulbjaneczko.com/ This is a collection of poems to relish. Each of the thirty-six “very short” poems has been thoughtfully chosen to tell […]

sketch1419380456792 December 30

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS BY KATHERINE SOKOLOWSKI

I am honored to be writing about the graphic novel winners for the Nerdy Book Club awards again this year. See, if you came to visit my classroom you would find a welcoming place—some comfortable old furniture, tables scattered around, and bookshelves encircling the room. We have a lot of books – over 3,000 – […]

sketch1419380456792 December 29

2014 Nerdy Awards for MG/YA Nonfiction Announced by Donalyn Miller

Nonfiction is the only genre defined by what it is not. Not fiction. Comparisons between fiction and nonfiction based on perceptions of what each offers readers elevate one over the other—depending on whom you talk to about it. Fiction entertains and inspires us. Nonfiction informs and persuades us. And never the twain shall meet. Arbitrary […]

sketch1419380456792 December 28

2014 Nerdy Awards for Early Readers and Chapter Books Announced by Alyson Beecher

Early Readers and Chapter Books may be one of the most overlooked age categories in books. Unless you have children in this age range or teach this age group, you may never really pick up an early reader or early chapter book. Picture Books appeal to and are read by all ages. The artwork in […]

sketch1419380456792 December 27

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR NON FICTION PICTURE BOOKS ANNOUNCED BY CINDY MINNICH

When you live with a small child, the world is filled with questions – What is this? How does that work? Why are things the way they are? Who made this? Curiosity is everywhere — and it is contagious. When my son started to ask questions – something that I am grateful has not stopped […]

sketch1419380456792 December 26

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR FICTION PICTURE BOOKS ANNOUNCED BY TERI LESESNE

I have read a ton of picture books this year.  That ton might even be a literal ton given the number of them packed into boxes  (see photo) so that they can “float on” to new owners after the holidays plus the ones forming the base for my book tree (see photo).   I have read […]

2014 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies

I am a lover of middle grade fiction. If you were to peek inside my house and classroom and see the piles of books in my to-read stacks you find that most of the books are middle grade fiction. 2013 was a wonderful year for middle grade fiction, and I’m excited to announce to the […]