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January 09

What 2023 books are you most excited to read? by Colby Sharp

I had a blast adding books to my to-read list from December 26-January 3 during the Nerdy Book Club awards season. If you haven’t checked out the list, be sure to go back and check out those posts here on the Nerdy blog. I still have a stack of 2022 books that I need to […]

January 03


Today marks the end of the 2022 Nerdy Book Club Awards’ announcements. What an incredible collection of titles for young readers of all ages and interests! Our final Nerdies’ post shares the second half of the Young Adult Fiction winners. Thank you to everyone who nominated books for this year’s awards and wrote announcement posts […]

January 01

THE 2022 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction Announced by Colby Sharp

The first thing I do each year when Donalyn Miller sends me the list of Middle Grade Fiction winners is count how many I have read. I have currently read 16 out of the 22 winners. The second thing I do, is add the rest to my to-read list. The first book I plan on […]

November 22

Thanksgiving Break Reading Plans by Colby Sharp

Reading during breaks from school brings me tremendous joy. I never seem to have enough time during the school week to read as much as I would like, so getting a chance to recharge my reading life during school breaks is often just what the reading doctor ordered. The last thing we did in my […]

November 02

Write What You Know by Erin Soderberg Downing

Controlled Burn is the book I’ve been wanting to write since I started my publishing journey more than twenty years ago, but it took almost fifteen years of writing other books before I truly believed I was a good enough writer to do this story justice. Even though this novel is a tribute to my […]

October 27

Books My Fifth Graders are Reading A Quarter of the Way Through the School Year by Colby Sharp

Every couple of weeks, when my fifth graders head to lunch, I walk around the classroom and make a video about the books that they are reading. I am hopeful that these videos help other educators find great books to add to their school and classroom library, but that isn’t the main reason that I […]

October 16

Working on the Nonfiction Sections in my Classroom Library by Colby Sharp

In writing The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library with Donalyn Miller, we wanted to make it very clear that we didn’t have all of the answers when it comes to classroom libraries, and the work of a classroom library is never complete. As we read more children’s books, get to know more readers, and […]

May 26

Purchasing Books at the End of the School Year by Colby Sharp

I love purchasing books for my classroom library. I love it even more when I don’t have to spend my own money to do it. A couple of weeks ago, all of the teachers in my building got an email from our principal informing us that we had received a grant that would allow all […]

April 04

This Is a School by John Schu and Veronica Miller Jamison

Happy, happy Monday! My name is Becky Calzada, and I am so excited to debut my FIRST blog post on The Nerdy Book Club website. It’s especially memorable because I get to share my dear friend, Mr. Schu’s debut picture book, This Is a School, illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison and published by Candlewick Press. […]

December 17

What are your winter break reading plans? by Colby Sharp

Holy smokes! I am so tired. I’m guessing that you are pretty tired, too. If you are an educator you are either on break or pretty darn close to winter break. Congratulations! One of my favorite things about the lead up to a school break is making reading plans. I love watching my fifth graders […]