Category Archives: New Book Reviews

January 14

The Sowing Circle by Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Thanks so much for hosting us on the Nerdy Book Club. The Sowing Circle is a collective of four Black women children’s book creators – Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, whose mission is to sow words and images into the hearts of children. We hope people […]

January 08

Finding Happiness and other Emotions in Reading by Carrie Rodusky

“If you are afraid, sad, tired, or lonely if you feel lost or strange if you crave stories and adventure, and the magic possibility of a forest path -this book is for you” The above lines are taken from the opening pages of Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand.  What an important way to […]

December 20

Books My Fifth Graders Are Reading On Winter Break by Colby Sharp

The two week break that I get each year in the winter is one of the most magical reading times of the year. I love sitting next to our Christmas tree with a cup of coffee and a great book. We spend a lot of time in my fifth grade classroom getting ready for two […]

December 18

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo Review by Victoria Tomis

In award-winning author Kate DiCamillo’s companion novel to Louisiana’s Way Home and Raymie Nightingale, DiCamillo turns the spotlight to the last of the Three Rancheros: scrappy and strong-willed Beverly Tapinski.    In the opening of Beverly, Right Here it’s August 1979 and the unflinchingly honest and stubborn 14-year-old hits the road, leaving her grungy Florida […]

December 12

Explore AudioFile’s 2019 Best YA Audiobooks by Emily Connelly

AudioFile’s 2019 Best Young Adult Audiobooks represent a compelling mix of listening for teens. This year’s list includes adventure, romance, and young adults facing challenges and discovering who they are meant to be. Listening to a story read by professional narrators — or by the authors themselves — adds a whole new dimension to reading […]

October 30

The Books My Students Are Reading by Colby Sharp

Each month, when my kids head to lunch, I ask them to leave their independent reading book in a pile on one of our classroom desks. While the kids are away, I make a video sharing the titles they are currently reading. It if fun to make/share, but what I love about it the most […]

October 21

White Bird: A Lesson in Trust by Sarah Derringer

The new R.J. Palacio graphic novel is a “Wonder story” about a young Jewish girl’s experience in Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s? What?   I know. I was thinking the same thing.   You see, I, like millions of other readers, read and loved Wonder. I fell in love with the book’s message of overcoming […]

October 16

Look No Further- Review of Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds – Review by Amy Watkins

When Jason Reynolds said that he wrote Look Both Ways with teachers in mind, he wasn’t lying. I have never taken so many notes while reading a YA book trying to capture all of the ways I could picture using it in my classroom, nor have so many characters carved their way into my heart […]

October 03

Reading Along the Border – New Perspectives, New Understandings by Jennifer Sniadecki

I’ve spent the last few years learning and growing my own reading life, and although I like to think of myself as a reader of diverse books, I have a long way to go. Last year I spoke with several students about their needs and interests as readers with the purpose of rebuilding our middle […]

September 25

Jackpot is a Winner by Georgia Parker

I hit the jackpot (pun intended) when Nic Stone’s latest novel landed in my mailbox. I’m a huge Nic Stone fan, and her YA realistic fiction. I adore her debut novel Dear Martin in which Stone brilliantly uses a combination of prose and an epistolary style to give voice to her protagonist, Justyce, as he […]