Category Archives: Book Lists

October 27

DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH-NEW BOOKS by Lynn Plourde

Do you remember Corky on the TV show Life Goes On?  Corky Thatcher, a character with Down syndrome, who was played by Chris Burke, an actor with Down syndrome? I was so excited when that show came on. As a public-school speech-language therapist at the time, who worked with students with Down syndrome, I thought, […]

February 28

Audiobooks & 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards by Robin Whitten & Emily Connelly

Every year, we’re excited to see the winners of the American Library Association youth media awards—announced in January—and especially to celebrate the audiobook winners and audiobook versions of print winners. The 2020 Odyssey Award for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults went to Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My […]

August 19

Fellow Travelers by Donalyn Miller

I have packing rituals—habits I follow each time I prepare for a trip. I can pack my carry-on suitcase, Little Red, like a racetrack pit crew—quickly slotting my clothes, computer cords, and shoes into their proper places. After packing the essentials, I examine the available remaining space in my bag and fill it with books. […]

July 09

So What Are You Reading? by Cindy Minnich

It’s a Monday morning that looks a lot like most of my summer Monday mornings. I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee, looking at my phone. Most mornings, admittedly, I’m either reading a book on it or scrolling through social media to see what everyone else was up to last night after I went […]

January 03

THE 2016 NERDIES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION (PART TWO) ANNOUNCED BY A CONVENTION OF NERDS

    This post includes the second half of the 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for best young adult fiction. The first part of the list ran in yesterday’s post. Congratulations to all of the winners. Your books offer reader empowering stories celebrating the resilience, honesty, and integrity of young adults as they navigate […]

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 […]

January 01

2016 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction Winners Announced by Colby Sharp

I love the Nerdies! Each year I have the opportunity to announce the middle grade fiction winners. It is so much fun. Donalyn Miller sends me the list around the time winter break begins. I immediately go through the list to see how many of the books I’ve read. One of my favorite things about […]

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 […]