Tag Archives: Alyson Beecher

December 28

2016 NERDIES: EARLY READER AND CHAPTER BOOK WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY ALYSON BEECHER

  For the past four years, I have had the honor of announcing the Early Reader and Chapter Book Winners of the Nerdies. Before I write the post, I look over the previous year’s announcement. Are there trends? Do certain authors show up year after year? Were there any surprises? Have we increased the number […]

September 24

Top 10 Reasons to Join Us in our October Graphic Novel Celebration!

Are your graphic novel book bins always empty?  Are your students begging you for more titles?  Are you always looking for new graphic novel titles?   Do you use them in the classroom to teach craft, structure and comprehension?  Do you love the energy they bring to the classroom?  If so, this event is for you! […]

December 28

2014 Nerdy Awards for Early Readers and Chapter Books Announced by Alyson Beecher

Early Readers and Chapter Books may be one of the most overlooked age categories in books. Unless you have children in this age range or teach this age group, you may never really pick up an early reader or early chapter book. Picture Books appeal to and are read by all ages. The artwork in […]

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 […]