Category Archives: Reading Lives

selfies January 09

Why I Love Author Selfies by Sandy Otto

Yes, I take selfies with authors. Lots of selfies. Every chance I get. As an English teacher and avid reader, I love getting books signed by favorite authors to share with my students and add to my classroom library. Their signatures make these books even more special. But there’s something magical about taking a picture […]

Nancy Drew December 20

The Power of a Series by Katie Muhtaris

When I was about nine years old, a family friend gave me a large box of Nancy Drew books, the kind where Nancy still sported a stylish 60’s bob and sensible flats. They had once belonged to their teenage daughter who had passed away many years earlier.  I suppose they thought the books would be […]

gracie-lou December 19

Honey, what did you read at school today? by Larissa Juliano

“The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what’s fascinating to me.” -Chris Van Allsburg   When I share stories with my children and students, I pay attention to what makes their eyes sparkle…I want to know what makes them feel intrigued and which literature will imprint on their minds […]

tat December 12

Tattoos in Picture Books by Crystal Brunelle

When I read Bob Graham’s book, April and Esme: Tooth Fairies, I was charmed. It’s an adorable story about two young fairies going out to collect their first tooth. The lovely story was not the only thing that I noticed though. The illustrations caught my attention. The mother of the young tooth fairies has a […]

ezra-4 December 05

True Confessions of the Reading Life of a Toddler by Ezra Wyzlic

Today, we host Ezra, a 17-month old, at the Nerdy Book Club. He typed out his own post, but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. His parents have done their best to interpret for us. Ezra: “plgtp” Interpreter: “Pre-birth, I knew about books. Listening to them being read to me by my dad […]

nerdy-monster-logo December 01

Looking for a Home, Our 5th Nerdversary by Donalyn Miller

  As I child, I thought I was born into the wrong family. My mom and stepdad fought a lot, and worked multiple jobs to pay our bills. My brother, Wendell, was born with cerebral palsy and needed help with daily functions. My sister, Abbie, was retained in second grade for kicking a teacher during […]

georgia-reading November 28

Can You Make Someone Fall in Love? by Emily Hill

Last week, I posted a picture of my three-year-old sitting in our dog’s bed reading a book. It was a precious little moment that I was lucky enough to capture. After I posted the picture, a friend and former colleague of mine suggested that I write about how I work to instill a love of […]

Sketch11319220 November 24

Pausing to Be Thankful by Cindy Minnich

I often spend some quiet time on Thanksgiving reflecting on the many blessings I have had in my life – a practice not confined to our American holiday, but enjoyed as frequently as daily some months and weekly or monthly at other times. Some days my list includes coffee and quiet – particularly after the […]

babynolareads November 14

Slowing the Hands of Time by Darian McKenzie

For days now, I have put off packing up my daughter’s newborn clothes, but with outfits bursting out of the other drawers, it’s starting to seem silly to occupy this space with items she no longer fits into. I find my heart breaking in this most unusual way as I pull out her teeny onesies, […]

first-day November 07

My Life as a Mom and a Teacher by Tara McCabe

I remember vividly my daughter Kelly’s first day of kindergarten, which was the same week I returned to college to get a teaching degree. Kelly was ready for school; she was very independent and was excited to be a student. With her plaid Catholic school jumper and a new backpack, she hopped on the bus […]