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December 28


It’s my favorite time of the year. I get to announce the winners of the Early Readers and Chapter Books for the Nerdies. I had so much fun going through each of these titles and I think both teachers and young readers will also enjoy each of them too. I am also excited to share […]

August 11

Ten Early Readers and Transitional Chapter Books Not to Be Overlooked by Alyson Beecher and Michele Knott

As the start of the school year quickly approaches, I have been finding ways to book talk as many books as I can to teachers. Recently, I shared picture books, early readers and chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, and nonfiction for children with a group of K-12 teachers. Yes, a little of […]

December 27

The 2017 Nerdies: Early Readers and Chapter Books Announced by Alyson Beecher

  One of my favorite new holiday traditions is getting an early peek at the Nerdy Book Award Winners and writing the post to announce the Early Readers and Chapter Books winners. Over the past five years, this is the one category of the Nerdy Book Awards that I have seen the biggest changes. Every […]

Demystifying the Schneider Family Book Award by Alyson Beecher

On Sunday night, #titletalk hosted by Colby Sharp and Katherine Sokolowski focused on six ALA Youth Media Awards.  Of course, the most well known of the six were the John Newbery Award and the Randolph Caldecott Award. The fast-paced hour was kicked off by discussing potential contenders for the Schneider Family Book Award.  As one […]

The 2013 Early Readers and Chapter Book Winners Announced by Alyson Beecher

Friendship, life lessons, and lots of laughter and humor characterize this year’s Nerdy Early Readers and Chapter Book Winners.  If you also happen to keep track of previous winners, this year two series hold onto their spots from last year.  One of the authors has been a Nerdy winner three years in a row. And, […]

Making Writing Real With the Use of Picture Books by Alyson Beecher

Last Saturday, Cathy Mere, Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community, and Mindy Robek, Enjoy and Embrace Learning, hosted the 4th annual August 10th Picture Book 10 for 10 event.  I spent a relaxing day reading through the many, many posts created by other Nerdy Book Club members.  It truly was a fabulous celebration of […]

Top Ten Biographical Picture Books by Alyson Beecher

A few years ago I was reading Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko and Moose describes Theresa as a “little Eleanor Roosevelt”.  It occurred to me that my students didn’t know who Eleanor Roosevelt was or why Moose would make the comparison.  What could I do quickly to help my students? I realized […]

The 2012 Early Reader and Chapter Book Winners are…

Discovering the perfect early reader or early chapter book can be difficult.  Sure there are wonderfully illustrated books, but to find one that has just the right illustrations and is engaging; yet written in a way that allows developing young readers to have success is much more challenging. This year, I am celebrating that the […]

Top Ten Non Fiction Picture Books by Alyson Beecher

This year I wanted to increase the number of nonfiction books that I read.  Along with The Nonfiction Detectives, I started the 2012 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge.  By doing the challenge, I have kept the hunt for nonfiction books, especially picture books, in the forefront of my mind.  As a result, I have found some […]

Literacy Cafés by Alyson Beecher

Two years ago, a parent volunteer and I stumbled onto a way to get students excited about books that were being read in classrooms.  We called it the Literacy Café.  Just to clarify, when I speak about a Literacy Café, I am not referring to book talks where you have refreshments.  Nor am I referring […]