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2017 Nerdies Nominations – open now!

7 Dec


The 2017 Nerdies Nomination form is officially open! Make sure to nominate your favorite titles of the year in the following categories:

  • Picture Books: Fiction
  • Picture Books: Nonfiction
  • Early Readers/ Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Poetry and Novels in Verse
  • MG/YA Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

Per the Nerdy Book Club website: The 2017 Nerdies Nomination Ballot is open until December 17th at midnight Eastern Time. Nominate up to 5 books in each of the categories. You do not need to nominate books in every category or nominate a full slate of 5 nominees. All nominees must have been published in 2017 and written for children or young adults. In order to prevent ballot box stuffing for beloved titles, we have restricted the surveys to one response per computer. After tallying the ballots, we will announce the 2017 Nerdies list in daily category posts beginning December 26th.


LibraryCon Live!

7 Dec



Yesterday I got a chance to participate in LibraryCon Live, an event hosted by School Library Journal and Library Journal. It was really well put together with some awesome presenters, authors, and illustrators – the keynote speaker was John Jennings, illustrator of the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia Butler, the closing keynote was by Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author/illustrator of Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.

This was a great way to format a conference because I didn’t have to spend money on traveling (I sat at my desk all day) and could interact with the presentations, the vendors, and other conference-goers all online. I would definitely be interested in seeing more programs like this as an option to receive continuing education credits at little or no cost to attendees.

I am in the middle of performance evaluations, so even though I couldn’t devote my entire concentration to the event, I received some really valuable information and will definitely logging back in to hit up the session I missed at lunch and revisiting a few others to get some more information!

San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide

30 Nov

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Check out the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide – with tons of suggestions for adults,teens and kids in a wide variety of genres and formats! (If you’re looking for the children’s selections, head to the bottom of list!)

The Best of…

29 Nov

It’s that time of year when the Best Of… lists start rolling out! I love to see what others think are the best in each genre for the year. Sometime I agree, sometime I don’t, but I almost always get some new titles from these lists. Check out Chicago Public Library’s CPL Best of the Best Books 2017 with a host of separate categories to make sure you find just the right title for you!




For teens in high school


Top Ten Tuesday: Great Leaders

7 Nov

I decided to go with strong female characters who I think would make great leaders, granted most of these characters are young, so we might need to wait a few years before they’d be of age to become great leaders, but I think they have the characteristics that make great leaders! And don’t forget to vote today!


  1. Princess Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  2. Molly from Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow
  3. Sadie from This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
  4. Rosie from Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty, illustrated by David Roberts
  5. Miss Rumphius from Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  6. Dory from Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  7. Princess Magnolia from The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  8. Sophie from The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  9. Kristy from The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin (these are now available as full-color graphic novels too)
  10. Zita from Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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