Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

November 05

Top Ten Nerdy Book Places by Jennifer Ansbach

Like many Nerdy Book Clubbers, I have a reputation as a capital-R Reader, and in addition to being asked about how I could read so much, I often get asked how I find so many books to read. Sometimes people are seeking recommendations. Others are baffled how the books I want to read seem endless […]

November 04

Top Ten Quotes that Scrape the Soul: The best from young adult novels in 2016 and 2017 by Amber McMath

“Kids haven’t changed.” I hear it all the time. Yesterday’s spitballs are today’s fidget spinners. My grandpa’s whoopie cushion is my nephew’s Atomic Fart app. In so many ways, kids are still kids. But they have changed. You see it too, don’t you? My tribe of young adult readers I spend time with every day […]

November 02

We Need Diverse Series by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

As a child, I read The Secret Garden, Harriet the Spy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I connected with the characters in these books and when I was sad or lonely, I reread parts of these texts and pretended I was with these characters.  They became part of my life.   As educators, Clare […]

October 21

Ten Loud Picture Books that Speak Volumes by Jackie Leathers

A while back, I wrote a post entitled, Ten Quiet Picture Books that Speak Volumes which described ten books that quietly deliver strong messages.  Some books whisper, but some books shout.  Here are ten picture books that are loud in one way or another.   The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) Deborah […]

October 07

TEN MIDDLE-GRADE BOOKS FEATURING GIRLS IN SPORTS by Kristin L. Gray

When I was a kid, books with sports almost exclusively centered on boys. Times are changing, and I’m thrilled to see more girl athlete stories fighting for spots on our bookshelves. Even better, I’ve found you don’t have to be an all-star in any given sport to enjoy these titles. Tales of friendship, family, and […]

September 16

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!: Ten Picture Books about Farm Life by Jake Nuckolls

My Grandad is in his mid-90s.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, raised 3 children with my Grandma Dot, and grew up a farm boy; back when the technological revolution of the day was connecting a couple different farm houses via phone lines.  They raised flocks of all types, grew much of their […]

September 09

10 Books for the Jewish Fall Holidays by Stacey Shubitz

  Some people think Chanukah is the most important Jewish holiday since it is typically celebrated in December. Many Jewish children deem it significant since they receive presents, often one on each of Chanukah’s eight nights, on this holiday. Now that I’m a fully-grown person (who doesn’t give or receive gifts on every night of […]

August 19

Top Ten Books for Neurodiversity by Kacy Smith

It was a sheer and happy accident that I started teaching and working with neurodiverse students. I teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade gifted students, a number of whom are twice-exceptional (2E), meaning they possess both the gifts of neurodiversity and of high intelligence. While the definition of neurodiversity is evolving, I use the term […]

August 12

Top Ten Books with Rural and Small Town Settings by Elaine Fultz

My school is in the country. I hear a rooster crow every morning when I walk from my car to the building. For many of my students, a trip to the nearest city is rare and intimidating while a ride around a field on a tractor or ATV is a daily pastime.   As their […]

August 06

Make Me a Match! Ten Love Connections Between YA Novels and Nonfiction Books by Oona Marie Abrams

One of many takeaways from #NerdCampNJ was the “love connections” teachers and administrators were making between texts. For example, several teachers and administrators shared that they’re now designing units that include Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna, Gae Polisner’s The Memory of Things, or Nora Raleigh Baskin’s Nine, Ten. This got me thinking about other “love […]