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show your work June 14

The Pleasure of Reading Fast and Short by Donalyn Miller

We are moving and most of our books are packed. Spending every waking moment cleaning and packing limits my reading time, and influences my reading habits. I have rediscovered a new appreciation for the short texts that I subscribe to and regularly read. Whether it’s a news article about the American Southwest’s water shortage or […]

Red Queen May 27

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Reviewed by Colleen Graves, Kerri Harris, and Donalyn Miller

Publisher’s Blurb Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her? Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- […]

All Who Wander by Donalyn Miller

When I was a teenager, I dreamed of escaping our cramped ranch house filled with too much yelling and too many kids. I couldn’t wait to graduate and go to exotic places like Istanbul or Portland. I wanted to be a field biologist like Jane Goodall or a veterinarian like James Herriot. They were British […]

Sent to the Principal’s Office…For a Book

Dear Nerdy Book Club, At this year’s Michigan Reading Association’s Annual Conference my principal, Ms. Haney, gave an amazing talk about how she develops a culture of reading in our school. I think it is one of the most important talks you will ever hear about the impact can have on the readers in their […]

scott pilgrim's precious little life April 19

You Have Chosen Wisely by Michael Guevara

Remember this classic movie moment? With the bulk of the school year now fading into remember-whens, thoughts have turned to that most glorious of time for students and teachers—summer! In my office, we are frenetically gearing up for all the professional development we will offer teachers throughout the summer, and in classrooms and department meetings around […]

73bf17b112b461e7bd78689208988e82 February 20

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw + A Bonus Guest Post

One of the first questions an author hears at school visits is, “Where do you get your ideas?” (followed by “Do you know J.K. Rowling?” and “Will you autograph my sneakers?”). My answers, for the record: —I just ask “What if?” and record what happens. —No, but if she wants me to stop by the castle […]

School Lunch Lady Superhero Day

When I was aligning all of the elements to launch School Lunch Superhero Day, there were many questions. Would a national organization come on board? Would we be able to get some sort of press release out to media to encourage people to celebrate the day? The answer to these questions was eventually answered in […]

Book Trailer Premeire: Mal and Chad: Belly Flop! by Stephen McCranie

The Nerdy Book Club is honored to debut the book trailer for Stephen McCranie’s Mal and Chad Belly Flop! Click on the cover of Belly Flop! to get a sneak peak at the first 40 pages.

Ten Ways to Raise Readers by Julie Falatko

When I was pregnant with my first child, the only thing I knew for sure was that we could never have enough books. Nine years and four kids later, I’m navigating around piles of books, trying not to trip. When I look at all my children, draped around the living room in various states of […]

Waterlogged by Donalyn Miller

As some of you know from Twitter, Facebook, and phone calls, our home flooded this week. We live in Texas, so this wasn’t a Sandy-related disaster. A water line burst while we weren’t home. Water flowed from room to room, soaking anything touching the floor—including curtains, rugs, and furniture. Worst hit was my book room. […]