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October 02

Recommendations Without Walls by Heather Rader

Beginning my 22nd year in education after 13 years as a teacher-librarian and instructional coach, I am returning to the classroom this fall. In 2004 I walked out of my fifth-grade classroom carrying the last load of books as the tears fell. Somehow I knew it would be a long time until I returned to […]

September 21

Celebrating, Not Hiding by Emma Otheguy

I loved my third-grade classroom. I loved having my own cubby, and I thought it was a good coincidence that the top of my desk was the same color as oak tag, my favorite craft supply. There was a paper whale that wrapped around the walls, and there were class parties complete with brownies, cupcakes, […]

July 23

Education Is a Political Act by Donalyn Miller

  Nerd Camp Michigan (#nerdcampmi) kicks off with seven-minute Nerd Talks from a rotating group of speakers. This year’s speakers included Stacey Riedmiller, Chad Everett, Shannon Hale, Teri Lesesne, Tracey Baptiste, and me. This post includes the text of my speech. All Nerd Talk recordings will be featured on the Nerdy Book Cast this fall.  […]

May 29

The Chosen Ones by Laura Ruby

  A few weeks before the publication of my latest book and just in time for my birthday, I got a bouquet of my favorite lilies, a spa gift certificate, various cat- and fox-themed T-shirts, an industrial-sized bag of Pirate’s Booty, and breast cancer.   Well. This is already going off the rails.   I’ve […]

The Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club by Penny Kittle

Most of us wait all year for summer. Not to escape the students we’ve grown to love, but for the hours we’ll have to read without the incessant demands of school. We are in a distracted age. I’m sure you feel it. During the school year we all practice a fractured attention to hundreds of […]

May 23

​Celebrate the Weird Stuff in Life by Tammi Sauer

For me, the hardest part about writing a picture book is coming up with an idea. I’m not talking about a regular idea. Nope. I’m talking about a good idea. A fresh idea. An irresistible-to-readers idea. Each year, I present at lots of schools and conferences. One thing I like to tell people is to celebrate the weird […]

May 11

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail – Review by Kari Riedel

Middle school.  Just the words can evoke very specific images and feelings for many people. Laughter with BFFs. Drama with BFFs. Awkward first crushes. Burgeoning independence.  Added responsibility. Homework. Stress.  As the parent of a current middle schooler, I often wonder how middle school is different for kids today than it was for me. How […]

May 03

Cultivating a Reading Community Through Conferences by Stacey Riedmiller

  On Sunday night, Stacey Riedmiller hosted a live Facebook event on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page. We took that video and uploaded it to YouTube so that people that were not in attendance could check out what Stacey had to say. We hope this video brings you value. Stacey Riedmiller is a Floating 4t Teacher in […]

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old by Michelle Blanchard Ardillo

Over Christmas break, I gave my 7th and 8th grade students a one-sentence homework assignment: read a good book. I told them it didn’t matter if it was long or short, above or below grade level, fiction or non-fiction. Just read a good book.  Upon their return to school, I asked them to write on […]

Liberation Literature by Tricia Springstubb

Back in the day when I was still a fledgling, I was thrilled to get a letter (a real one) telling me I’d won the Ohioana Book Award, something I didn’t even know existed. I wrote my little speech and nervously practiced it, trying hard to eradicate “umm” from my vocabulary. When the day came, […]