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NerdCampMI – another year of fabulous fun!

“What is Nerd Camp?” Wow! Fun-filled, exhausting days of learning, reading books, writing, meeting #kidlit authors in real life, reuniting with like-minded people, and visiting with fellow campers until the wee hours of the morning. #NerdCampJr was awesome this year, and those 3rd graders… Continue Reading “NerdCampMI – another year of fabulous fun!”

Sunday Snippet: A Bit of Thinking

Maintaining the Motivation –      Last week students at my middle school were lucky to hear author Sarah Aronson talk about her writing process and share information about her upcoming picture book biography, Just Like Rube Goldberg. I went home that night with… Continue Reading “Sunday Snippet: A Bit of Thinking”

IMWAYR: Do Over!

Do Over! (Sometimes we need a “Reset” button.) I had a plan for last week’s reading that has turned into the plan for this week’s reading. I have Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (2016) on my desk, and I still want to read On the… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Do Over!”

Graphic Novels are Books, Too! by Stacey DeCotis

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
Oh if I could count the times I’ve heard adults say that graphic novels are “too easy” or “not challenging enough” or “they don’t count as books”… My 5th grade students this year are devouring graphic novels! Until…

#NF10for10: Annual February Nonfiction Picture Books List

It’s February 10th, and that means the annual #nf10for10 (Nonfiction 10 for 10) book lists are posted today. Thanks to our hosts: Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine) and Mandy Robeck (Enjoy and Embrace Learning).  I enjoy challenging myself to come up with meaningful lists to… Continue Reading “#NF10for10: Annual February Nonfiction Picture Books List”

Book Review: How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson

I think it would be cool, but I’ve never had the spirit or the smarts to be a spy, so when I read the advanced reader copy of Deborah Hopkinson’s newest book, How I Became I Spy: A Mystery of WWII London (coming February 12th,… Continue Reading “Book Review: How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson”

IMWAYR: I-Love-To-Read February!

I’m still finishing my 2018 reading, as promised. On Saturday, I started Marshfield Memories: More Stories About Growing Up, by Ralph Fletcher. I love Ralph’s writing, and I’m happy to visit Marshfield again through his words. February at school is Black History Month, and… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: I-Love-To-Read February!”

Book Review: Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram

Darius Kellner is a teen who does not fit in at school, or really much at home. He describes himself as a Fractional Persian, with Mom born in Iran and Dad in America. Darius and his father share two things in common: a love… Continue Reading “Book Review: Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram”

My Newbery and Caldecott Predictions – 2019

Only a weekend away now — THE book awards season is upon us, and I’m eagerly waiting for the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 28th (live from Seattle, 8:00 am PT, during the ALA Midwinter Conference). I’m so sorry… Continue Reading “My Newbery and Caldecott Predictions – 2019”