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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)

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.

Unravelling Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound

  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

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

  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

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

  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

  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

  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 […]