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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)

Christopher Paul Curtis stops by to Celebrate The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963 Turning 25

Colby: Chatting with Christopher Paul Curtis for The Yarn was a lot of fun. It isn’t every month that I get to use the word Michigander in an episode of the podcast. Please join me in celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963’. We hope you enjoy the episode! Subscribe below […]

What Happens When You Write a Book From a Place of Anger with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Colby: I had the opportunity to talk to author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley about her book ‘Fighting Words’ a year ago at the NCTE Annual Conference in Baltimore. It was fascinating to hear her talk about trying to write a book for fourth, fifth, and six grader that deals with sexual assault. I hope you enjoy […]

‘Kids are smart!’ – Abby Wambach

Colby: When Travis and I started this podcast, I had no idea that I’d get a chance to interview one of the greatest athletes to ever live. Wow! Chatting with Abby Wambach about the young readers edition of her book Wolfpack was so much fun. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation! Be sure […]

Jeff Kinney Visits The Yarn

Colby: Interviewing someone like Jeff Kinney is a little nerve-racking. The guy has sold more than 250,000,000 million books. That is a lot! I have seen so many kids develop of love of reading within the pages of Jeff’s books, so all I wanted to do with my 20 minute conversation is thank him. Thanking […]

What is Bookshop?

Colby: During this pandemic, I’ve been thinking a lot about supporting small businesses. When I saw a lot of book creators talking about Bookshop, I got curious. It is pretty darn easy to purchase books from Amazon, but I know that the money I spend with them doesn’t support my community. Learning that Bookshop sends […]

An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis

Colby: I’ve worked with Joanna Parzakonis the last handful of years on Nerd Camp Michigan. Joanna and her husband Derek are the co-owners of the independent bookstore Bookbug in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the stay at home order in Michigan, I have found myself worried about how this order might be impacting my favorite bookstore. I […]

Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp Talk Book Access During This Pandemic

Colby: The world we live in today seems so different from the world we lived in a few weeks ago. One of the things that has changed is book access for kids. Schools are closed. Libraries are closed. Many book stores are closed. Many of the ways that our kids found reading materials are no […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE19

Colby: One of my favorite events each year is the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference. This year’s event is in Baltimore, and I am so excited to attend. For the last several years, I’ve spent some of my time at the conference interviewing creators for The Yarn. Below you will find a […]

What’s Your Process? Episode III with Alicia D. Williams

In our latest episode, Alicia D. Williams is back to talk about her writing process. We hope that you are enjoying our series with Alicia as much as we are.

Book Deal and Social Media with Alicia D. Williams

Colby: Holy smokes! This is our 99th episode. Crazy. I figured this little show would be lucky to make it to 25. Thank you to everyone that has tuned in. It means a lot. In today’s episode, debut author Alicia D. Williams talks about what it is like for a debut author to announce their […]