Tag Archives: Alyson Beecher

December 28


Every year, I look forward to the email from Donalyn asking if I will write a post announcing the winners of the Nerdies Early Readers and Chapter Books. And every year, I scroll back through all of the previously recognized books from this category to see how the books have changed over the years. Though […]

December 28

The 2020 Nerdies: Early Readers and Chapter Books Announced by Alyson Beecher

Sometimes I wonder how to tackle the category of Early Readers and Chapter Books. Authors, publishers, teachers and librarians all define these books in different ways. Though these books fall within this category, they, also, fall into a variety of genres and formats. It may begin with something as simple as a basic reader with […]

December 28

The 2019 Nerdies: Early Readers and Chapter Books, Announced by Alyson Beecher

  Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate books for the Early Readers and Early Chapter Book category. This year, we are celebrating 12 books that cover a range of topics from reuniting a lost dog with his family to dealing with very real family issues including a birthday celebration gone awry, […]

December 28

The 2018 Nerdies: Early Readers and Early Chapter Books, Announced by Alyson Beecher

  It’s time for the Nerdies! Wednesday, John Schu kicked us off by announcing the 2018 Fiction Picture Book Winners and yesterday, Donalyn Miller shared the 2018 Nonfiction Picture Book Winners. Today, the fun continues. As I was packing up books to float onto teachers a few weeks ago, I held back certain titles in […]

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 […]

December 28


  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 […]