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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)

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 […]

Chelsea Clinton Reads from She Persisted

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Colby: When I head that Chelsea Clinton was reading the audio book for She Persisted, I reached out to Listening Library to see if we could run a clip here on The Yarn blog. Check it out below!   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

How Andrew Clements Came Up With Frindle

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Colby: I had a really nice time at NCTE last fall talking to Andrew Clements about his latest book The Losers Club. We talked about a lot of things, and I left the conversation thinking how nice it would be to sit down with Andrew for coffee each week. He has so many stories, and […]

Debut Author Kamilla Benko Talks Unicorns, Editing, and Her Middle Grade Novel

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COLBY: Debut author Kamilla Benko visted my classroom last fall when she was on a pre-publication tour for her book The Unicorn Quest. My students and I had a blast reading, writing, and creating with her. During lunch, I broke out my audio recorder, and interviewed her for this episode of The Yarn! I hope […]

Is Yuyi Morales The World’s Most Inspiring Illustrator?

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COLBY: I love working on this audio show. Sharing stories like the one we get to share today makes my heart happy. Yuyi’s journey to becoming a book creator is one of the most inspirational stories that we have ever shared here on The Yarn. I hope the episode brings you as much joy and inspiration […]

‘I’m Always Trying to Find Something New’ – Yuyi Morales

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Colby: Interviewing Yuyi Morales for The Yarn Podcast at the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago was one of the most inspiring moments of my life. Her story is one that you will not want to miss. I decided to break my interview with Yuyi into two parts. […]