Author Archives: Colby Sharp

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Okay For Everyone by Shelley Johannes

Most of my personal epiphanies have come while reading fiction—while I’m fully immersed in a book with my guard down. This past Sunday was a first for me though. In just ten minutes and sixteen seconds, before I was even fully awake, a podcast leveled me. I was in prime position to be unraveled by […]

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Ten 2016 Books That I Think Are Pretty Great by Colby Sharp

I cannot believe that it has already been more than a week since the American Library Association handed out the Cadecott and Newbery Medals. Time flies. The awards announcement are a good bridge to book for the new year. I’m excited to share with you today 10 books that I think are going to help […]

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The 2015 Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction Announced by Colby Sharp

I love middle grade fiction. The odds are that if you are reading this post you probably love it, too. Chances are part of your reading journey included a middle grade book that you read as a kid that you still cherish today. For me it was Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. It could have easily been […]

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If you liked reading…you may like listening to… by Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp

Technology has helped humanity in many ways. It’s helped cure disease. It’s reinvented communication. It has made the impossible possible. Case in point: I now enjoy doing the dishes. I owe this particular (admittedly, minor) miracle to podcasts, which I listen to while scrubbing away. Podcasts are radio shows you can listen to online or […]

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The Yarn: Bonus Episode by Colby Sharp

Travis Jonker and I created a podcast over the summer that looked at one book from many angles. One of the reasons we decided to take a closer look at Jennifer and Matthew Holm’s Sunny Side Up was because we wanted to learn about, and celebrate, all of the people that play a role in […]

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Bunnicula, A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe – Reviewed by Danielle Levine

Sunlight streams in through the window as I lounge on the couch with a book in hand. Summer reading is by far my favorite pastime. It’s my time to fill my head with all of the books that I don’t have a chance to read during the school year. My partner in crime is Gwen, […]

Sent to the Principal’s Office…For a Book

Dear Nerdy Book Club, At this year’s Michigan Reading Association’s Annual Conference my principal, Ms. Haney, gave an amazing talk about how she develops a culture of reading in our school. I think it is one of the most important talks you will ever hear about the impact can have on the readers in their […]

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Exclusive Cover Reveal for Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw + A Bonus Guest Post

One of the first questions an author hears at school visits is, “Where do you get your ideas?” (followed by “Do you know J.K. Rowling?” and “Will you autograph my sneakers?”). My answers, for the record: —I just ask “What if?” and record what happens. —No, but if she wants me to stop by the castle […]

Photo credit: Lauren Castillo January 18

How Big Do You Draw? (#IDrawThisBig) by Colby Sharp

I found out this week that Lauren Castillo draws small. Very small. In fact, when she sketches the characters are often 1.5 to 2 inches tall. I asked her to take a picture of one of her sketches with a quarter next to it. I loved seeing her little hedgehog chilling next to that quarter. It […]

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2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION ANNOUNCED BY COLBY SHARP

Chances are if you are anything like me the first thing you did when you opened this post was scroll down and look at the winners. I’m hoping that you saw some of your favorite 2014 books obelow, and that you maybe found a book or two to add to your to-read list. Thanks for […]