Author Archives: Colby Sharp

February 14

Celebrating the ALA Youth Media Awards with my Students by Colby Sharp

Each year I do a Mock Caldecott unit with my students. We study 20 wonderfully illustrated books, debate them, and then vote on which book we think should win the Caldecott Medal. One of the perks of this unit, is that my students are extremely excited to see which books the actual Caldecott Committee selects. […]

January 01

THE 2017 NERDIES: Middle Grade Fiction ANNOUNCED BY Colby Sharp

I love beginning each year announcing the winners of the Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies. These books will remain in the hearts of young readers for the rest of their lives. Once again Nerdy Nation comes through with an amazing list of books. Congratulations to all the winners! *Book descriptions taken from Goodreads* Amina’s Voice By: […]

May 29

The Chosen Ones by Laura Ruby

  A few weeks before the publication of my latest book and just in time for my birthday, I got a bouquet of my favorite lilies, a spa gift certificate, various cat- and fox-themed T-shirts, an industrial-sized bag of Pirate’s Booty, and breast cancer.   Well. This is already going off the rails.   I’ve […]

The Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club by Penny Kittle

Most of us wait all year for summer. Not to escape the students we’ve grown to love, but for the hours we’ll have to read without the incessant demands of school. We are in a distracted age. I’m sure you feel it. During the school year we all practice a fractured attention to hundreds of […]

May 03

Cultivating a Reading Community Through Conferences by Stacey Riedmiller

  On Sunday night, Stacey Riedmiller hosted a live Facebook event on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page. We took that video and uploaded it to YouTube so that people that were not in attendance could check out what Stacey had to say. We hope this video brings you value. Stacey Riedmiller is a Floating 4t Teacher in […]

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. […]