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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)

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 […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks Hey, Kiddo on The Yarn

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Colby: Three years ago Jarrett sent The Yarn an audio file of him talking about working on his book Hey, Kiddo. He was still pretty early in the process which provided for an fascinating look behind the curtain. Today, we run that tape. You’ll find that episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Check out […]

Not On The Yarn: Sara K. Ahmed’s Nerd Talk

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  Colby: Each year at Nerd Camp Michigan 5-7 people give seven minute talks. These talks do not include slides. For many people, these Nerd Talks are the most inspirational part of camp. Heinemann published Sara K. Ahmed’s talk on their podcast. You MUST listen to this talk. It is important. Click here or the image […]

Kazu Kibuishi Stops by The Yarn to Talk Amulet

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Colby: I interviewed Kazu Kibuishi more than two years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan in front of a live audience. With the release of Amulet 8 inching closer, it felt like a great time to run the episode. Enjoy!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.  

Not On The Yarn: Travis Visits We Grow Media

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Colby: Every Friday I get Dan Blank’s newsletter in my inbox. It is a great read for all creators. In today’s newsletter he shared his latest podcast episode with my Yarn co-host Travis Jonker. Check it out by clicking on the cover of Travis’s book below.    

Laurel Snyder Knows What Happens Before and After Orphan Island

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Colby: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder is one of my all-time favorite books for kids. I wish that I could have read it when I was a kid. The ending would have haunted me fore years. I had a blast interviewing Laurel about the book last fall at NCTE. Check out the episode below!   […]

Anne Ursu Talks About The Real Boy #TBR

I had so much fun interviewing Anne at her house for The Yarn.

Colby: After Travis and I finished the first season of The Yarn, we had no idea what to do. After talking about the podcast Song Exploder, we thought we would try a new series where we have a creator spend an episode taking us inside one of their books. It is sort of like how […]

Katherine Applegate on Writing From a Place of Anger

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COLBY: Today’s young readers continue to be captivated by Katherine Applegates stories. I am grateful that they have her books in their heart. In Today’s episode of The Yarn, Katherine talks about how the idea of this book came out of today’s political climate. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

“How do we react to fear?” – Kate Messner Visits The Yarn

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Colby: I had the opportunity to interview Kate Messner for The Yarn in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference last fall. Talking to her about her innovative 2018 middle grade novel was enlightening. I hope you like the episode! After the podcast interview, I did a video interview with Kate. Check that out below. Subscribe […]

Goal for 2018: Interview Tara Westover for The Yarn

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Colby: On average I read roughly one book written for adults every three years. I read books for teachers, but other than that, I only read books written for kids. Thankfully, the cover to Tara Westover’s Educated captivated me. Every time I saw it, I was dying to know what I would find inside. A […]