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March 27

The Books My Kids Are Reading by Colby Sharp

We are two days away from spring break, and my readers are prepping for a week of reading away from our classroom. They have grown so much since the first break of the school year (Thanksgiving). When my students went to special today, I asked them if they would leave me the book they are […]

March 16

Ten Picture Book Biographies You Can’t Experience in a Textbook by Kirsten Leestma

I’m a firm believer in learning about our world by learning about the people who have left their mark on it. The problem is that there are too many people that get overlooked. There are countless scientists, activists, writers, inventors, and dreamers that never get mentioned in a textbook. In second grade, we learn about […]

February 25

Remote Control Reading by David Rische

Maybe you have the same problem I do. I love to read. Not only to be reading one book, but multiple books at the same time. Currently on my nightstand, there are books about archeology, comedy, magic, Greek mythology, crockpot cooking, and my faith. I don’t know how or when I developed this habit, it […]

February 02

16 in ‘18 Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type from This Year’s Book by Janet Dawson

Long a staple of human resources departments and college counseling offices, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test divides the world into 16 personalities.  As an INFJ, I’m fascinated by this (after all, Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers allegedly were INFJ’s), and I can’t help slapping an MBTI label on fictional characters when I’m […]

January 23

I Gave My Students $1,800 To Purchase Books by Colby Sharp

I wish that our school had the funds to fully fund our school library. I wish that our library aide was blessed with a full-time school librarian. Those things would be amazing, but currently it is not the situation we find ourselves in. In the video below I share one small step my students and […]

January 01

The 2018 Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction

Congratulations to the 2018 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for middle grade fiction. We hope you find some of your favorites on the list, and that you can also add a couple of books to your to-read pile. Thank you to all the readers out there that nominated books. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed Apple […]

December 20

THE BOOKS MY STUDENTS ARE READING BY COLBY SHARP

My fifth graders and I have spend a lot of time this week preparing for reading over winter break. We’ve listened to book talks, made reading plans, and discussed the things we need to do to be successful readers the next couple of weeks. In the video below I share the books that my amazing […]

November 30

Books My Fifth Graders Are Reading by Colby Sharp

I cannot believe we have already been in school for more than three months. It has been so much fun watching my students find new authors to love, series to devour, and genres to explore. I thought making a video sharing the books we are reading would be a fun way to share what we’re […]

May 24

Poll: Last Read Aloud of the School Year

A couple of weeks ago, I asked Nerdy Readers to share their favorite read aloud from both their childhood and this school year. I’m back this week with another poll question. What book will be the last book you read aloud to your students this year? Please let me know down in the comments below. […]

May 21

How Will Kwame Alexander Change Children’s Literature? by Michelle Ardillo

In 2000, I bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (as it was titled in the UK) in a bookstore in Glasgow, Scotland, as a souvenir for my eight-year-old daughter, an avid reader just like her mom. And, thus began our journey into the Harry Potter world of madness, going to Border’s […]