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Seriously, guys. How do teachers do this every day?

Originally posted on Kelly Barnhill:
Boots: check. Lasso: check. Yodel: check. Folks, this week, I’m back in the classroom again. Cue music. As many of you know, I am a former full-time teacher (Middle School, natch. And I have the scars to prove it) (I’m just kidding. Middle School kids are puppy dogs with fairy…

Attn Minnesota Teachers and Librarians and Book-Wormy-Kids: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is coming! Are you ready?

Originally posted on Kelly Barnhill:
Dear Bookish Children of Minnesota (and their assorted Educators and Media Specialists, and Book-Purveyors), Obviously, I do not have to tell you what the Newbery Medal is – you see those stickers on books all across the land – but some of you may not have heard of the 90-second…

Ten Middle Grade Read-Alikes for John Green Books by Angie Manfredi

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
When I went to our local middle school to do class visits this May, there was one author that all the kids knew: Rick Riordan.  And, by that same token, there was one book they knew: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  One of the books I…

Varian Johnson’s Code of Conduct (Or the rules of writing The Great Greene Heist)

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
The Great Greene Heist, my first middle grade novel, is unlike anything I’ve written before. Similarly, my writing process for this novel was very different than my process for my other works. Jackson Greene, the main character, has a code of conduct he usually lives by; likewise, I had…

Becoming More Diverse – A Library Journey by Crystal Brunelle

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
“There are books with Hmong?” This question broke my heart a little. The boy was shocked when I had casually mentioned a book with a Hmong character. He had made it to third grade without realizing that there were books related to his home culture and that they were…

2014 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
I am a lover of middle grade fiction. If you were to peek inside my house and classroom and see the piles of books in my to-read stacks you find that most of the books are middle grade fiction. 2013 was a wonderful year for middle grade fiction, and…