Author Archives: Colby Sharp

Hi Res Yarn Logo October 22

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 […]

bunnicula July 09

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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]