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March Nerdy Book Club Book Club Selection: Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

We are excited to announce the the March selection for the Nerdy Book Club book club is Rajani LaRocca’s Red, White and Whole. Our hope is that a month of celebrating this book will be a great lead into April’s National Poetry Month. Each week we will post a couple of questions on Twitter using […]

February 24

A Nerdy Conversation with Tae Keller and Colby Sharp

Please join me February 25th at 8:30 PM EST live on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page or my YouTube channel for a conversation with Newbery Medalist Tae Keller. I am excited to chat with her about her book When You Trap a Tiger. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask Tae, […]

May 24

An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis by Colby Sharp

My favorite independent bookstore is Bookbug in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the owners Joanna and Derek over the years, as I worked closely with them during each Nerd Camp Michigan. The work that they do is inspiring. With the state of Michigan being pretty much shutdown the last couple […]

January 27

A Book About a Book: Alice by Heart by Steven Sater

For a long time, books were my everything.  To be fair, I had a rather unusual childhood.  Bedridden due to respiratory ailments, I was regularly shuffled from home to the hospital, and was rarely allowed out — rarely even attended school.  But my mother, who’d returned to college to complete her degree, used to read […]

January 24

DON’T LEAVE SPORTS BOOKS OUT OF THE GAME! FOR SOME STUDENTS, THEY ARE A WINDOW TO THE WORLD AND A SPARK FOR LIFELONG READING by Andrew Maraniss

When I was five years old, my grandfather mailed me my first set of baseball cards. I remember sitting on the floor of my parents’ apartment in New Jersey, sorting the cards in different ways – one day by team, the next by color. And my parents tell me I learned to read by devouring […]

January 22

Because of Winn-Dixie Turns 20! by Colby Sharp

Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie turns 20 years old this year. It is one of my all-time favorite middle grade novels. The idea that kids that had this book read aloud to them when they were kids, are now reading it aloud to their own kids/students, makes my heart happy. Last week, I called Kate […]

January 21

No Matter Who You Are, You Can Achieve Remarkable Things by Joseph Elliott

When I was fifteen, I trekked from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast – a similar journey to that made by the characters in the book – with nothing but a tent, a sleeping bag, and a (much needed) waterproof coat. When it stopped raining long enough for me to appreciate the […]

January 01

The 2019 Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction Books Announced by Colby Sharp

I LOVE middle grade fiction! For so many young readers, the books they read in upper elementary and middle school become the books that they hold in their hearts forever. I believe that the books on this list are some of those forever books. I am excited to announce the 2019 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies! […]

December 20

Books My Fifth Graders Are Reading On Winter Break by Colby Sharp

The two week break that I get each year in the winter is one of the most magical reading times of the year. I love sitting next to our Christmas tree with a cup of coffee and a great book. We spend a lot of time in my fifth grade classroom getting ready for two […]

November 27

Books My Students Are Reading | Thanksgiving Break Edition by Colby Sharp

I had a lovely two day week with my students. One of the highlights was a field trip to a bowling alley that we took to celebrate the end of their bowling unit in physical education. In class, we focused a lot of making reading plans for our five day break. In the video below, […]