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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)

Narrator of the Month: Tara Sands

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Colby: We are excited to feature Tara Sands in this edition of our Narrator of the Month Series. If you listened to Season 2 of The Yarn, you may remember hearing a clip of Tara reading the first chapter of Gertie’s Leap To Greatness at the end of Episode Four. You’ll find an interview I did […]

Grace Lin And Alvina Ling: The BFF Episode

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Last year I got an email from Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin. She had an idea for an episode of The Yarn. I loved the idea, but it sounded tricky. Lots of moving pieces. I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try. I’m so glad I decided to roll with Grace’s idea. This episode […]

Not On The Yarn: Daniel Handler

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Colby: Last week Travis shared an episode of Longform with me that featured Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Many people consider her the greatest interviewer in the universe. I agree with those people. After listening to the episode, I went over to the Fresh Air feed to see if the show had featured any interesting guests lately. […]

‘My Dad Keeps Calling it (picture books) My Calling’ – Deborah Freeman

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Colby: Earlier this week Shy was crowned by my students as our Mock Caldecott winner. It was a lot of fun to tell them about all the cool things I learned about Deborah Freedman while interviewing her for this episode. She is brilliant. I hope you like the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. […]

Not On The Yarn: Laurel Snyder

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Colby: I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. It is always fun to hear children’s literature creators featured on shows that are not about children’s literature. I thought it would be fun to share these hidden kid lit gems. I didn’t know what to call this series, so I “hired” my co-host Travis […]

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds

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Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

Mark Turetsky Reads Aloud For A Living

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Colby: I’m excited to share a new series of blog posts: Narrator Of The Month. Each month we’ll profile an audio book narrator. This month we’re getting to know Mark Turetsky. I first heard Mark read while listening to the audio book for Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I listened to the entire […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

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Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]

#33 Gertie’s Leap to Greatness Unravelled (S2 E4)

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Colby: I’m excited to share our last episode of Season 2. I have really enjoyed following debut author Kate Beasley’s road to publication. It is pretty wild to think that we first starting working on this season over a year ago. In today’s episode Kate talks about Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. I loved listening to […]

If You Like The Yarn, You Might Also Like “Books Between”

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Colby:  Travis and I are always looking for great books to hand the readers in our lives. We know that if a kid likes Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie they might also like Barbara O’Connor’s How to Steal a Dog. We were thinking that it might be fun to do the same with podcasts. In […]