Author Archives: Colby Sharp

dharialibrary November 27

Raising Sharp Readers by Colby and Alaina Sharp

7 years ago, we were elated and terrified to welcome the first of our three little readers into the world.  As parents, we don’t do a lot of things right – Breslin’s gone to school with his pants on backwards enough times to verify that.  But, we have managed to turn out three little people […]

photo (40) October 16

Parma Third Graders Interview Oliver Jeffers

My students love everything written by Oliver Jeffers. His new book, Once Upon An Alphabet is one of the hottest books in our third grade classroom. When I was given the opportunity to interview Mr. Jeffers for Nerdy Book Club, it seemed only fitting to have my third graders to conduct the interview instead. We hope […]

nerdcampjr May 15

Nerd Camp Junior 1.0

Last year Nerdy Book Club members threw the first annual Nerd Camp. Nerd Camp followed the Ed Camp unconference model. We just added a literacy twist. This year we are adding Nerd Camp Junior. Nerd Camp Junior is an opportunity for kids to spend an evening with 9 award winning authors and illustrators learning about […]

lily's crossing March 20

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff Reviewed By Suzanne Gibbs

What an incredible story this is, written by Patricia Reilly Giff. Having seen a plethora of books written by her for younger readers, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, with that shiny sticker on it I was pretty sure it was safe! We get to know Lily initially as a spunky girl who […]

2014 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies

I am a lover of middle grade fiction. If you were to peek inside my house and classroom and see the piles of books in my to-read stacks you find that most of the books are middle grade fiction. 2013 was a wonderful year for middle grade fiction, and I’m excited to announce to the […]

A #Nerdution Christmas

Regardless of what holiday, if any, you celebrate this time of year, I hope you are having a most excellent December 25th. As we head into resolution season I thought it would be fun and maybe a little uplifting to see some of your Nerdy friends working hard to accomplish their Nerdlutions. If you are […]

A Call For #Nerdlution Pictures

On Thanksgiving evening, I joined a Twitter conversation with a few Nerdy Book Club members that ended up starting Nerdlution. If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, please check out Chris Lehman’s post. In the last 96 hours people have: started blogs, committed to working out, began a writing routine, and even […]

5,4,3,2,1 Interview Jennifer L. Holm

I am very excited to try a 5,4,3,2,1 interview on Nerdy Book Club today. They are one of my favorite post to do on my blog (sharpread). They work like this: I give the interviewee 5 questions. They have to answer the questions with a certain number of sentences: 1 question with 5 sentences 1 […]

Interview With The Creators Of Battle Bunny

Hello, my name is Colby Sharp – and I’m going to share with you an interview that I attempted to do with Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. The creators of Battle Bunny didn’t cooperate. They even changed my questions, but thankfully I was able to convince some of my third graders to doodle on some […]

Pimp My Posters!

Last fall, several of us in Anderson School District One shared how we are using D.I.Y. book posters to promote reading at our schools ( Our district blessed us with the purchase of three PosterMakers – one for every five schools in the district to share – which print posters sized 18×24 and 24×36. We’ve […]