Category Archives: Reading Lives

January 13

Pushing Your Reading Boundaries by Kate Olson

Can you recommend a book to me? Please? But do so from a distance and with a shield in place!   I don’t read books about magic…….except Harry Potter and Exit West and Half Magic and….. I don’t read science fiction…….but I really want to read Dark Matter I do NOT want to read about […]

January 06

Finding a Story: Choice Reading and Representation by McKinsey Crozier

I will give you $20 to put me out of my misery. The boy beside me looked away determinedly as the note hit my lap.   You know, I could use $20, I scribbled back. The monotone of an audiobook reader washed over us, and we passed the time with these sarcastic notes, attempting to […]

December 04

Reprioritizing to Make Room for More Reading by Laura Gardner

School librarians wear many hats. In my school library, I teach information literacy; collaborate with teachers on technology-rich projects; offer book buffets and book talks on a regular basis; purchase, weed and manage a large collection; promote our library, books and reading on social media; and am in charge of a bustling Makerspace. I also […]

December 01

Our 6th Nerdversary by Donalyn Miller

“If you give people a good book to talk about, you can build a community out of a diverse group. A common language grows out of it.” ― Nancy Pearl   The Nerdy Book Club blog began on December 1, 2011 with this post announcing the First Annual Nerdy Book Club Awards. Now known as […]

November 27

How Re-Establishing My Identity as a “Capital ‘R’” Reader Changed My Classroom by Malia Oshiro

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a bookworm. I never left the house without a book. As a child, I distinctly remember throwing a temper tantrum of epic proportions—flailing on the ground, stomping my feet, crying hysterically to the point of hyperventilation. The cause? I didn’t think I had enough chapter books […]

November 10

Keep it R.E.A.L.! Relevant, Engaging, and Affirming Literacy for Adolescent English Learners by Mary Amanda (Mandy) Stewart

As a twenty-two-year-old, I completed my student teaching in an 8th grade Reading class for students new to the country. My cooperating teacher told me, “It’s just like teaching Pre-K to teenagers!” Even my much younger self knew something was not quite right about that statement. Did these adolescents with nearly adult bodies and often […]

November 06

Fear Not The Adaptation by Emily Meixner

This summer my son finished reading all thirteen books in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events series. He’d wandered uninterested past the first few books on our bookshelves for several years, even though he knew my husband had read and enjoyed them.  Then, this spring, as we desperately waited for sunshine and warmer weather, we […]

October 14

The Books That Bind Us by Susan Knell

I had the opportunity to visit The Netherlands and Germany this summer, and like many teachers, I try to find children’s books from the culture I’m visiting. Bringing back children’s books from trips, whether across the state or across the ocean and sharing them with students is a wonderful way to show them the world. […]

October 09

Driving Our Children to Life Long Reading by Meg Leventhal

As part of our district’s reading workshop program, my fifth grade students are required to read a self-chosen book for thirty minutes each night for homework. As a teacher, I know how vital this reading is to each student’s journey to the place where reading becomes like breathing. As a parent, however, with two children […]

September 25

Setting Is Where the Heart (of the Story) Is by Nicole Warchol

If anyone were to ask me my favorite element of a book, my instinctual response would be great characters. Characters who are like me or ones who aren’t like me at all. Characters who I can root for or against. Recently and surprisingly, my reading life is being transformed more by the places on the […]