Tag Archives: @cbethm

July 04

POLL: Best Celebrations in Books

Here in the States, we’re celebrating Independence Day. For many of us, it’s a day to spend with family and friends, to enjoy cookouts and picnics, to watch parades and fireworks. If you’re anything like me, these summer celebrations are easy to recall. I remember walking around at the riverfront park hoping to run into […]

March 07

POLL: What are your favorite movie adaptations?

I admit it. I have The Wizard of Oz on the brain. It’s our school musical this year and I have been having a fantastic time helping an amazing crew of students, staff, and parents put it together since auditions. Being part of the musical has been so much about the people involved. But rewatching the movie […]

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy – Retro Review by David Walthour and Cindy Minnich

Ninety-nine years ago, and five months into what would become known as the First World War, a remarkable series of events occurred  along the trenches on Christmas Eve and into Christmas day.  In many places along the 475 miles of the front, soldiers began making unofficial truces with the enemy.   In Truce Jim Murphy […]

Give Thanks for Books!

Last week I sat down to help my son write thank you notes for his birthday gifts when inspiration struck: How cool would it be to help him write some thank you notes to some of the authors I would be able to encounter while at NCTE? He was giddy about the idea and made […]

Nerdy Book Club Session at NCTE

This afternoon, there will be a session entitled Relevance, Relationships, and Reading Lives: Fostering Reading Engagement in All Readers. Whether you’re in Boston for NCTE with the potential to join us or if you’re at home and wondering what you’re missing, we thought that Nerdy Book Club readers might appreciate a peek at what we […]

Crying, Mentors, Read-Alouds, and Revision – A #NerdyBookClub Interview with Jo Knowles and Cindy Minnich

Months ago I asked Jo Knowles if she’d want to post on Nerdy Book Club  –  I knew that she had a new book hitting stands soon – a sequel to Jumping Off Swings called Living with Jackie Chan which follows Josh through his senior year of high school. He has chosen to move away […]

YA Lit 101 by Sarah Andersen and Cindy Minnich

Cindy: I love hearing about what my colleagues are doing in their classrooms. So many times I find myself wishing that I could be a student in those classes. One such occasion was when I first heard Sarah talk about her YA lit course in an #engchat. I was so impressed – and more than […]

Poll: What are your favorite laugh-out-loud reads?

I have been attacked at the least expected places. In my car on the way to school, leaving me covered in coffee while I listened to Libba Bray’s Going Bovine. In my classroom while I paged through Jesse Andrew’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl  or Geoff Herbach’s Stupid Fast. At the library when I […]

A Call for Pictures!

Even in the midst of all the TBR pile shuffling and moving in the effort to prepare for voting on the Nerdy ballot in less than two weeks, my thoughts have turned back to rereading two of my favorites from this year – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and See You at […]

Reading Poll: Which character would you want to hang out with?

Which character from the books you’ve read would you want to hang out with? You’d think this would be an easy question to answer, but my mind is running a mile a minute with all kinds of other questions to help me narrow down my options. Where would we meet – in the world of […]