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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.


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!




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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/8/16

8 Aug

This week I read a couple nonfiction stories – I love what authors are doing with informational text for middle grade and young adult readers.  It’s so interesting and I truly believe that if they could incorporate some of these stories into the curriculum, it may excite more students to learn about history.

This week I read The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero by Patricia McCormick about the possibility of a coup by Germans unhappy with Hitler in power and A Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80 Foot Seas by Michael J. Tougias a young reader’s edition of a Coast Guard rescue of three men in the throes of a storm that was more than a little unexpected.

I also finally got to dive into Seraphina and the Twisted Staff and will most likely finish it tonight. And then it’s on to as many leadership books as I can read over the course of the next month or so as I transition into my new position as Library Director!!!!

imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

24 May

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I chose to stray just a little from this week’s topic because my feelings towards books usually stay fairly similar from when I read them and as time passes.  As I’ve said before graphic novels aren’t my favorite format for reading, but I’ve read many graphic novels that I really enjoyed and I love how versatile graphic novels can be – fiction, nonfiction, biographies and more can be portrayed so powerfully with a combination of word and illustrations.  These are just a few of the graphic novels that I’ve enjoyed in the past few years.

  1. Around the World by Matt Phelan
  2. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
  3. Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier
  4. Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
  5. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
  6. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  7. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
  8. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  9. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  10. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

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

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