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Colby Sharp

About Colby Sharp

Colby Sharp is a third grade teacher at Parma Elementary in Parma, Michigan. He is the co-founder of Nerd Camp and Nerdy Book Club. He co-hosts the monthly twitter chats #SharpSchu (with John Schu) and #TitleTalk (with Donalyn Miller)

Unravelling Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound

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  Colby: Amal Unbound is one of the most unforgettable middle grade novels of 2018. Sitting down with Aisha to talk about the book for The Yarn was so much fun. I hope you like the episode!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Jonathan Auxier Talks Sweep! #BroomsUp

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Colby: I am so excited to share my conversation with Jonathan Auxier with you. Sweep is one of my favorite 2018 books, and talking to Jonathan about it was magical. If you haven’t read it, be sure to get yourself a copy. It is unforgettable.   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 5: Kazu Kibuishi

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  Colby: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the graphic novel series Amulet. If you work with kids, you probably know that Amulet is one of the most popular graphic novel series of all-time. For this episode, I interviewed Kazu in front of a live audience in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 6: Laurel Snyder

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Colby: I love Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island. It was one of my favorite 2017 middle grade novels. Talking to Laurel about the book was so exciting. The book leaves so much to the imagination. If you missed this episode, be sure to check it out! You won’t regret it.

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 7: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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  Colby: If you haven’t read Jarrett’s Hey, Kiddo you are really missing out. It is one of the most beautiful and important books of 2018. Jarrett sent us some tape more than a year ago that we ran in the fall. It was cool getting a chance to hear him talk while he was […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 8: Cynthia Leitich Smith

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  Colby: Hearts Unbroken was one of my favorite 2018 young adult novels. We don’t do many episodes features YA authors, but we jumped at the opportunity to interview Cynthia. It was our 8th most played episode of the year.

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 9: Andrew Clements

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  Colby: I wonder what percentage of elementary schools in the United States have a copy of Frindle in their school library. I bet it is pretty high. Having the opportunity to sit down and chat with Andrew Clements for The Yarn was a dream come true. Coming in at Number 9 this year is […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 10: Kate Messner

  Colby: I interviewed Kate Messner about her book Breakout in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference. I loved learning about her process. Check out the episode below, and be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.

Not on The Yarn: Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller

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Colby: A couple of weeks ago the book I wrote with Donalyn Miller, Game Changer! Book Access For All Kids, was released. Donalyn and I appeared together on the Scholastic Reads podcast. Our book is about finding ways to make sure that all kids have access to books. If that is something you are interested […]

Angela Dominguez Visits The Yarn: Episode #80

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  Colby: I sat down with Angela Dominguez in an air conditioned room (it was 107 degrees outside) at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference in July to talk about her amazing 2018 middle grade novel Stella Díaz Has Something to Say. Be sure to check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every […]