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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)

Chelsea Clinton Reads from She Persisted

Not on The Yarn

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


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

the unicorn quest

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?


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


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. […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE17

Kat Yeh

Colby: I’m excited to head to the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference today. It is one of my favorite conferences. I’ll spend the next four days attending sessions, connecting with educators, visiting with old friends, making new friends, and interview book creators for The Yarn. Travis and I try to do all […]

Ryan T. Higgins Talks About Be Quiet!


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


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


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


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 […]