A million years ago, when I decided to become a teacher, one of the things that appealed to me was the whole notion of getting students to fall in love with reading the way that Iwas in love with it. Sadly, I found those first couple of years of teaching really hard. Really hard and, quite frankly, not enjoyable. So, I stopped teaching and did other things.
I’ve been back in the classroom for almost four years now and I am having a ball. All the things I believe about teaching – particularly about reading and writing – are the things that everyone seems to be talking about: the value of a classroom library (have one, small but growing), time to read, time to write, time to talk about those two things.
The other thing that has changed, of course, is the availability of resources – many just a click away. The Nerdy Book Blog is one such go-to place for me. I am a reader, sure, but I’ve only very recently started to read YA (Young Adult) fiction again and Nerdy Book Blog is an invaluable resource for all things YA. According to their About page:
If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.
This online space was designed to give us a home to share that love of reading with others as well as to organize voting and announcing winners of our First Annual Nerdies Book Awards.