Category Archives: Pay It Forward

May 25

Reframing “Pieces” in Three YA Novels: Gabi, Girl in Pieces, Girl in Pieces, All in Pieces by Sarah J. Donovan

As I scroll through the nearly two hundred poems and comments teens wrote today, I know that I am at once reading into pieces of their existence and all of who they are in the moments they composed the verse. They are at once complete and partial. Some would say such pieces are the nature […]

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 […]

I Found It! Using the “It” Factor in Booktalks by Amanda Sass-Henke

Anyone can share a book by stating the title and author, reading an excerpt, or sharing a glimpse into the plot, but booktalks require more than the basics. There’s an art to selling a book, and it requires the booktalker to capitalize on the “it” factor. In a booktalk, the “it” factor is an appealing […]

May 03

Cultivating a Reading Community Through Conferences by Stacey Riedmiller

  On Sunday night, Stacey Riedmiller hosted a live Facebook event on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page. We took that video and uploaded it to YouTube so that people that were not in attendance could check out what Stacey had to say. We hope this video brings you value. Stacey Riedmiller is a Floating 4t Teacher in […]

May 01

Learning to Share: How I Created a Culture of Reading with Second Semester Seniors by Lauren Nizol

I love books. I savor them, and I love to neatly organize the spines by genre on my solid wood bookcases at home. Yet, I’ve learned that a good book is better placed in the hands of my students than showcased on my shelves. When I share the books that intrigue me most, my students […]

April 29

A Lesson from the Little Library by Lindsay Yearta

While Little Libraries are becoming ubiquitous in our town, a few years ago, there was only one in the vicinity and my then six year old daughter decided that simply wasn’t adequate. Grace recognized the Little Library for what it was, a way to share her love of books and reading with our community.  So, […]

April 21

What Are the REST of My Kids Doing? Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop by Lindsey Moses & Meridith Ogden

My (Lindsey) 2-year-old niece regularly calls me on FaceTime and before even saying hello, she says, “Aunty Lindsey, will you read a book?” Of course, I say yes and head over to the bookshelf to select books I think she will like. One of my favorite parts of this ritual is when she adamantly says, […]

April 14

GBF-Literally the Place to Be on May 20th! by Melissa McDonald

We don’t celebrate many book festivals on this site, but taking children to an event that celebrates reading and books is a can’t miss opportunity. Nothing excites kids more than meeting authors, learning about books, and communing with other readers. The Gaithersburg (Maryland) Book Festival on May 20th is an upcoming event for folks in […]

April 08

Donating Character-Developing, Idea-Generating, World-Building Books: The Beginning by Rhonda McCormack

In the mid-1970s, my older sister convinced my parents to buy me a monthly subscription to the Dr. Seuss Beginning Reader club. When a book arrived, we’d crack the spine and turn the pages, lingering over the rhymes, humor, and art. As the 70s gave way to the 80s, my sister invited me to read […]

March 12

It’s Not About Us by Donalyn Miller

  Two weekends ago, I volunteered at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, a two-day event in Irving, Texas. I travel to lots of literacy and literature conferences, but it’s a rare treat to attend such a fantastic conference without leaving home. The first day of the festival is an Educator Day for teachers and […]