Search Results for: Kirby Larson

April 03

Top 10 Pulse-Pounding, Nail-Biting Historical Fiction Adventures by Kate Hannigan

Historical fiction doesn’t have to be a hard sell. For some young readers – my own kids included – it conjures up images of wooden-toothed men in white wigs or dusty, musty storylines. Often, however, it is anything but. I first fell in love with heart-pounding historical fiction when I got my hands on Scott […]

January 01


Chances are if you are anything like me the first thing you did when you opened this post was scroll down and look at the winners. I’m hoping that you saw some of your favorite 2014 books obelow, and that you maybe found a book or two to add to your to-read list. Thanks for […]

2014 Nerdy Book Awards

  Clicking on the category titles will take you to the announcement posts Fiction Picture Books A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey Blizzard by John Rocco Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly Flashlight by Liz Boyd Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio Hooray for Hat by Brian Won Hug Machine by Scott Campbell Kid Sheriff and the Terrible […]

Book Excitement: Experiences with the Keystone State Reading Award by Rose Cappelli

It wasn’t long after I became chair of the Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award committee that the books started to arrive. Imagine having boxes of children’s books delivered to your door on about a weekly basis! Sometimes they were big boxes with lots of books by well-known or soon-to-be well-known authors and illustrators. Sometimes […]

2013 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction Announced by Teri Lesesne

It has been an amazing year in the world of YA.  The five books honored with Nerdies in YA Fiction certainly demonstrate that YA literature is experiencing another golden age. Three of the winners take a look at the past, one fast forwards to a chilling future, and another explores the very present.  No matter […]

2013 Nerdy Book Awards

What began as a list of 93 nominated books in 8 categories  has now been voted on to give us these chosen titles for the following categories. Please note that the category titles contain links to the announcement posts. (Categories that have not had winners announced yet will still have nominees listed.) Picture Book Fiction Battle Bunny by Jon […]

Our 2nd Nerdversary and The 2013 Nerdy Award Finalists

The Nerdy Book Club began as a confessional hashtag (#nerdybookclub) among book lovers, but it evolved into much more when Colby Sharp and I started this blog two years ago today. Dissatisfied with annual best book lists that didn’t include the books our students loved to read, we decided to start our own book awards, the […]

Encountering Readers…of the Wild Kind by Melissa Guerrette

Last Friday night while taking advantage of uncharacteristic free time I made a quick trip into the local mall to return a pair of shoes that had been an indulgent purchase. It had been a typical long day, capping off a challenging week of school. This would be my last stop of the night before […]

Ten Picture Books to Help Build Community by Dawn Little

Throughout the school year, I like to have “go-to” picture books that build community. As situations arise, it’s nice to have a set of texts I might use as a starting point in conversation about issues we may have in our classroom community. Additionally, I use some as anchor texts in my reading and writing […]

Fangirl by Donalyn Miller

Driving around Saugatuck, Michigan during our family vacation, we stopped in front of a bed and breakfast to photograph the sign. “The Kirby House,” I laughed, “It reminds me of Kirby Larson.” My husband, Don, said, “I was thinking of Jack Kirby.” Different Kirbys—one a Newbery Honor-winning author, one the co-creator of X-Men and Captain […]