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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 […]

May 17

COYOTE SUNRISE Cover Reveal by Dan Gemeinhart

Okay, folks. I’m gonna try to be calm about this. But, spoiler alert, I’m gonna fail at that. I am so, so, so excited to finally start talking about my next book, THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE. It comes out in early 2019, and even though I’m glad I’ve got the word “early” in […]

May 09

Poll: Favorite Read Aloud of the 2017-2018 School Year

I’ve been thinking a lot about the books we read aloud to children, and the impact the read aloud experience has on the development of our readers. On Sunday, I had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of former students and they all brought up books that I read aloud to them when […]

February 14

Celebrating the ALA Youth Media Awards with my Students by Colby Sharp

Each year I do a Mock Caldecott unit with my students. We study 20 wonderfully illustrated books, debate them, and then vote on which book we think should win the Caldecott Medal. One of the perks of this unit, is that my students are extremely excited to see which books the actual Caldecott Committee selects. […]

January 01

THE 2017 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction ANNOUNCED BY Colby Sharp

I love beginning each year announcing the winners of the Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies. These books will remain in the hearts of young readers for the rest of their lives. Once again Nerdy Nation comes through with an amazing list of books. Congratulations to all the winners! *Book descriptions taken from Goodreads* Amina’s Voice By: […]

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 […]