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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)

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE19

Colby: One of my favorite events each year is the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference. This year’s event is in Baltimore, and I am so excited to attend. For the last several years, I’ve spent some of my time at the conference interviewing creators for The Yarn. Below you will find a […]

What’s Your Process? Episode III with Alicia D. Williams

In our latest episode, Alicia D. Williams is back to talk about her writing process. We hope that you are enjoying our series with Alicia as much as we are.

Book Deal and Social Media with Alicia D. Williams

Colby: Holy smokes! This is our 99th episode. Crazy. I figured this little show would be lucky to make it to 25. Thank you to everyone that has tuned in. It means a lot. In today’s episode, debut author Alicia D. Williams talks about what it is like for a debut author to announce their […]

How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being a Terrible Teacher to an Amazing Author

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Adam Gidwitz for The Yarn on a car ride to an airport. He’s a great dude, and I think a lot of people are going to find his journey to publication fascinating.

Not on The Yarn: The Cult of Pedagogy

Colby: This past week I got an email from Mrs. Woolworth about the latest episode of The Cult of Pedagogy. Mrs. Woolworth is an amazing teacher in my district, that is always trying to get better. I subscribe to The Cult of Pedagogy podcast, but I hadn’t listened to the latest episode. Mrs. Woolworth’s endorsement […]

#TBT: Tracey Baptiste Talks About The Jumbies

Colby: Crazy that The Yarn is inching closer to 100 episodes. I thought it might be fun to start throwing it back on Thursdays to some of our previous episodes. It has been an honor sharing these episodes with you. Thanks for tuning in! The third book in Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies series, The Jumbies […]

‘Everything we do shapes us’ Todd Parr shares his journey to publication

Colby: I had a blast hanging out and getting to know Todd Parr for this episode of The Yarn. I was so happy that he turned out to be as amazing of a person as I built him up to be. The world is lucky to have him. I hope you like this episode of […]

Ashley Herring Blake Discusses The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James.

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Ashley Herring Blake at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. It is always interesting when I meet someone through an interview for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed getting to know Ashley.

The One Where Jess Keating Tells a Joke

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Jess Keating for this episode of The Yarn. Her World of Weird Animal series is fantastic. I hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed producing it. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Laurie Halse Anderson Stops By The Yarn to Talk Shout

  Colby: I had an amazing time talking to Laurie Halse Anderson at NCTE last fall for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode, but more importantly I hope you read her book Shout. It is an important one.   Subscribe below to catch every episode.