We Need Diverse Series by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

Nerdy Book Club

As a child, I read The Secret Garden,Harriet the Spy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I connected with the characters in these books and when I was sad or lonely, I reread parts of these texts and pretended I was with these characters.  They became part of my life.

As educators, Clare and I worry about our students in elementary classes finding books with characters who can become part of their lives.  As we look at the books in classroom libraries and school bookrooms, we ask ourselves, “Do we have books with diverse characters that help students understand themselves and others? Are there characters who face problems that our students encounter? Are there characters who face different problems?  Are there books with characters who will make students laugh and characters who will keep them company when they are sad or lonely?

Books are not only a source…

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[Review] Ascension by Hannah Rials

Awesome! Thanks so much for the review Joel!

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Hello, Feaders!

Taking this chance to say I was enrolled now to my current college under the same course with the same known classmates though I might encounter some new faces since it is common that someone else retakes for his failed subject. As we call irregulars, but I don’t want to be mean if you’re so affected such that it can sometimes happen not just to me you know 🙂

Going back to today’s highlight, I’m done reading the book, Ascension by Hannah Rials which I have received as one of the gifts for me by Ms. Becky @pragmaticmom – Thank you for giving me this and recommending that I have to read it.

Hear now my review about it.



Life is supposed to be perfect after Cheyenne Lane’s Ascension ceremony, but it turns out awakening her vampire half only complicates things more. Burdened with a patronizing family…

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So Many Books, So Little Time: Tips for Reading Strategically by Donalyn Miller

Nerdy Book Club

We own too many books. I’ve confessed this before, and it surprises no one. Don and I spend too much time sorting, culling, dusting, moving, and shelving books. Without constant maintenance, our book collection would take over our lives and home. We have tried to control our book hoarding tendencies, but it’s a losing battle. We use our library cards. We download audio books. We continuously give away books, but more appear. We don’t apologize anymore. We live in a house with too many books and we accept it. Don and I fell in love with reading as children, but we owned few books of our own until we became adults. We can measure our path to prosperity in bookshelves. Our daughters grew up in a home filled with love and books and we will grow old here–happily sifting our book treasure.

We read most of the books we bring…

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Happy, Hope-y Book Birthday, BAT COUNT!



BAT COUNT — my debut picture book — is officially out TODAY!

I owe many thanks for help bringing this book into being: to supportive family, friends and colleagues; to the wonderful illustrator Susan Detwiler; and to the great folks at Arbordale Publishing.

I wrote BAT COUNT almost three years ago — before I learned that picture books are ‘supposed’ to be 500 words or less (BAT COUNT has almost 1000 words), and that ‘quiet’ books don’t sell. Happily its publisher, Arbordale, is committed to making books that support math and science education, and happily they are also interested in promoting the practice of citizen science. And so they found a place for BAT COUNT on their list.

Jojo, the story’s narrator, shares my worry about the many bats that are dying from white nose syndrome. Being a kid, though, she does NOT know that bats are just one among many species in rapid decline as human…

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