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Watercress Part 1: Colby talks to Author Andrea Wang

COLBY: Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin took my breath away. The only thing I could do after I finished reading it, was read it again. And again. And again. At the end of the year, I expect to see this book on just about every end of the year ‘best books’ list. It’s […]

Newbery Medalist Tae Keller visits The Yarn

COLBY: I had a blast interviewing Tae Keller for The Yarn. We talked about her book ‘When You Trap a Tiger’, her new podcast, and what it was like learning that she won the Newbery Medal over Zoom. I hope you like the episode! Here’s my video review of the book! Subscribe below to catch […]

Talking to Gary Paulsen

Colby: The first book I ever fell in love with was Gary Paulsen’s ‘Hatchet’. I was a fourth grader in Mrs. Collins’s class. She read it aloud to us. I’ll never forget what it felt like to fall in love with a book for the first time. I owe so much to Mrs. Collins and […]

Newbery Honor Winner (X2) Christina Soontornvat Visits The Yarn

Colby: We were planning on running this episode of The Yarn, featuring Christina Soontornvat in February, but we moved it up after she won two Newbery Honors yesterday. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Christina about her book ‘All Thirteen’. Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

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 […]

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 […]