Author Archives: Colby Sharp

March 02

On Doing the Thing You Shouldn’t Be Doing by Travis Jonker

For a long time whenever the urge to write a story hit, I did a pretty good job of stopping it. Why would I want to do the thing I shouldn’t be doing? It definitely felt like I shouldn’t be doing it. All the self-defeating stuff that comes with trying something new creatively (at least […]

January 11

Cover Reveal: wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Five years ago, I fell in love. The object of my affection was handsome in a weathered sort of way, if a bit beaten down by the vagaries of life. Folks, you haven’t really lived until you’ve loved a tree. It was in a too-small container in a too-dry climate in a too-shady courtyard. Abandoned […]

January 01

2016 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction Winners Announced by Colby Sharp

I love the Nerdies! Each year I have the opportunity to announce the middle grade fiction winners. It is so much fun. Donalyn Miller sends me the list around the time winter break begins. I immediately go through the list to see how many of the books I’ve read. One of my favorite things about […]

December 21

8 Awesome Things From 2016 

2016 was a difficult one for many people. Some of us lost loved ones, some of us were disappointed in the presidential election, and most of us are feeling sad to be living in such a divided world. When I looked back at 2016 I was able find a handful of pretty awesome things. Here […]

December 14

Nerdy Bookcast Season 1 by Colby Sharp

Last night my daughter and I were reading Raina Telgemeier’s Smile when came to the part in the memoir where Raina begins develop a crush on the character Sean. Reading about crushes with my daughter made me think about a couple of things. 1. I want her to stay young forever. Boys make me nervous. […]

November 10

Please Listen To Alex Gino Talk About George

This past June, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to talk to Alex Gino about their book George. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the episode, please check it out. I pray that the episode gives you hope. Colby Sharp is a third grade teacher in Parma, Michigan. […]

May 17

The Books are Only the Beginning by Jess Keating

I’ve always been inspired by Nerdy Book Club generosity. Years ago, I came across the Nerdy Book Club website. A new post everyday! A club of self-declared nerds: my bookish soulmates interested in spreading book love and helping kids find the books that will make them lifelong readers. It was a new place to call home. It also […]

March 13

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 […]

January 19

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 […]

January 01

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 […]