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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)

Ryan T. Higgins Talks About Be Quiet!

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Colby: Last spring author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins visited the students at Parma Elementary. It was an amazing school visit. My students LOVED it. When my students went to lunch, Ryan and I sat down to talk about his book Be Quiet! I hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe to The Yarn below

‘I Was In A Body Cast For Close to a Year’ – Ruth Behar

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Colby: Ruth Behar stopped by my school back in the spring to record the interview used for this episode of The Yarn. I had a great time chatting with her. Thanks for coming to Parma, Ruth! While Ruth was at Parma, I also interviewed her for a new video series I’m doing called One Question […]

Not On The Yarn: Celia C. Pérez

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Colby: I’m a huge fan of Celia C. Pérez’s The First Rule of Punk. If you haven’t read it, you should think about putting it on your to-read list. I was super pumped to see Celia featured on NPR’s All Things Considered: Previous editions of Not On The Yarn Not on The Yarn: Judd Winick […]

I Think Courage Is Contagious – Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Colby: We are a little over a month away from the 16th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. It feels like the right time to share our interview with Nora Baskin, author of Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. Travis and Nora sat down to talk about Nine, Ten at Nerd Camp last month in Parma, Michigan. Subscribe […]

‘It took me years until I actually started-started’ – Donna Gephart Talks LILY AND DUNKIN

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Colby: Talking to book creators about their books always bring me joy. Interviewing Donna Gephart about Lily and Dunkin was a ton of fun. Check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Carl (a duck) Thinks You Should Check Out The Yarn

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Colby: If you are not following Mike Lowery on Instagram you are really missing out. He is an absolute Instagram superstar. I interviewed Mike at the National Council For Teachers of English last fall in Atlanta. Mike drew this cool picture for us to use on Instagram. You can listen to the full episode by clicking […]

My Hope Is That Kids Will Draw More – Mike Lowery

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Colby: Last fall at NCTE in Atlanta, I interviewed author/illustrator Mike Lowery for The Yarn. Mike is a great guy, and it was a lot of fun getting to know him. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

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  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

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Colby: Sitting down and interviewing with Margarita Engle at NCTE was truly an honor. She has given so much to the world of children’s literature. I hope you enjoy listening to her talk about her book Lion Island, her hope for her books, and why she writes. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

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Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]