Category Archives: Author Posts

May 26

Cover Reveal: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

It’s not always easy being away from home—it’s where my family lives, where my childhood house stands, and even though it wasn’t so easy to see when I was a kid because it was all I’d ever known, St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands really is paradise.   I felt a little differently when […]

May 24

What I Was Thinking About by Laurel Snyder

The thing about unlikeable characters is… nobody likes them. The thing about sad endings is… they make people sad. The thing about unsolved mysteries is… they drive some people crazy.   Almost exactly three years ago, I finished writing the first draft of Orphan Island, a project I’d been keeping secret up to that point. […]

May 23

​Celebrate the Weird Stuff in Life by Tammi Sauer

For me, the hardest part about writing a picture book is coming up with an idea. I’m not talking about a regular idea. Nope. I’m talking about a good idea. A fresh idea. An irresistible-to-readers idea. Each year, I present at lots of schools and conferences. One thing I like to tell people is to celebrate the weird […]

May 22

Classics, Colonization and a Call for Change by Padma Venkatraman

Last year, I gave in to horribly un-American behavior. Confident that my citizenship would not be revoked if indulged in censorship, I picked up a thick sharpie and blackened out offensive words in A Child’s Garden of Verse on my daughter’s shelf. Other “classics” just plain aren’t on her shelf. I’m confident her childhood can […]

May 21

A SERIES FICTION KIND OF GIRL by Heather Alexander

Have you ever played Nancy Drew the Spy On the Prairie? This game filled my fourth-grade afternoons. It’s best explained as a mash-up of storylines from three of my favorite literary heroes at the time—Nancy Drew, Harriet M. Welsch, and Laura Ingalls—intertwined as only a bookish ten-year-old can. Each day brought a new adventure and […]

May 16

Moon Shadow and the Magic of Author-Teacher-Student Collaboration by Erin Downing, Jason Lewis, and Lynn Flynn

Today’s Nerdy post is a joint essay from an author and two teachers about editorial collaboration. We wanted to share an example of how authors, teachers, and students can work together for mutual benefit. Our hope is that by writing this post, other authors and teachers might connect to create similar experiences for more student […]

May 15

GIVING READERS A FRONT ROW SEAT by Patricia Newman

When I was a kid, I loved science. It was so relevant. It helped me make connections to the rest of the world, like the time my second-grade class designed an experiment to understand the concept of one million by making Xs on graph paper during our free time. (It took us forever!) Or when […]

May 14

Celebrating Nerdom With Mike Merschel’s ‘Revenge of the Star Survivors’ – post by Kate Hannigan

As a nerd, someone married to a nerd, and a mom raising three little nerds, I’ve always felt among my people at Nerdy Book Club. When I had the chance to read Revenge of the Star Survivors (Holiday House, April 2017) by Michael Merschel, I knew this was the perfect place to share it. It’s […]

May 09

Female Authors Aren’t Funny (And Other Lies You May Have Heard) by Betsy Bird

I poll children for fun and profit.  That makes it sound worse than it is, though, so I’ll endeavor to explain.   Our story begins when I was an innocent children’s librarian working the desk at one of the lovely branches of New York Public Library.  The kids that walked through my doors were smart […]

May 02

Cover Reveal: SHADOW WEAVER by MarcyKate Connolly + a Giveaway

Lots of kids have imaginary friends. When I was little, I was no exception. Her name was Sally and she may as well have been my shadow. Sally looked exactly like me and went with me everywhere—much to the chagrin of my family. Especially since Sally had an annoying habit of walking through doors as […]