Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

it's okay to be different March 28

Top Ten Picture Books Celebrating Diversity by Jennifer McLaughlin

Culture refers to the “traditions, rituals, beliefs, and values that are shared amongst a group of people.”  The classroom is the first place many children encounter cultures other than their own.  Educators have a responsibility to assist children with recognizing differences, as well as similarities, among all cultures.  Allowing children to explore varying cultures through […]

and then it's spring March 27

The Rite of Spring: Top Ten Books for the Season by Jill Bryan

Winter has been fairly brutal this year. While Minnesota hasn’t seen our usual snowfall, (we stand in solidarity with the Northeast as they thaw out) it has been brutally cold over the last months. During the fleeting days of seeming warmth you can almost feel the ground trying to breathe. If you listen carefully you […]

encyclopedia of an ordinary life March 21

Ten Texts That Will Get Teachers Writing by Shawna Coppola

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: the best teachers of writing are also writers themselves.   What I don’t mean by this: Any ol’ writer can teach students to write. By “writers,” I mean professional, published authors. If you don’t write, you can’t teach students to write.   What I do mean […]

ways to live forever March 14


I love reading books (absolutely LOVE). So when I come across people my age (aka the certain species called the teenagers) who don’t read, I don’t know whether to cry or be amused. I feel like I slowly lose my faith in humanity when I try discussing a certain book and well, the other person […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get Students Talking about their Reading by Tammy Mulligan

My grandmother was a kind and gentle person who only spoke when she had something important to say.   Although she didn’t carry on lengthy conversations, her words were full of wisdom.  As a young girl, I remember walking in the woods with her after arguing with my younger brother.  She stopped along the path, bent […]

bridge to terabithia February 27

Books That Make Us Cry (Part One) Collected by Donalyn Miller

Last spring, one of my fifth-graders, Heavenly, spent all of recess sitting under a tree finishing the final chapters of Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys. Strolling around the playground, I gave Heavenly a wide berth when I walked near her reading spot. I knew where Heavenly was in the story and I didn’t […]

MORPHEUS February 21

Top Ten Book Boyfriends by Karin Perry

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Nerdy Book Club presentation at NCTE last November. What a fun group of people to work with. You can go back in the archives and find the post recapping the presentation on the blog. My part of the presentation was to talk about the Saturday […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in March Book Madness by Tony Keefer

Happy Valentine’s Day Nerdy Nation!  When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy, I instantly began building a list of my all time favorite kissy books.  When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy I started thinking about love and books, books and love.  And since nothing says love […]

my life as a book February 07

Ten Books for Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Gigi McAllister

Recently our district held parent-teacher conferences. Happily, several parents shared their excitement with how much their child was enjoying reading this year. One parent expressed some concern because her son only seemed to want to read and reread the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Middle graders love the Wimpy Kid series […]

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned From Kids About Writing a Book by Augusta Scattergood

One of the best things about discovering a second career as an author after many years as a librarian? Having the great good fortune to be in classrooms again. How many times during the years I spent writing and trying to get my first book published did I wish for wisdom from the mouths of […]