March 17

A Conversation with Megan E. Freeman and Colby Sharp

I am excited to chat with Megan E. Freeman Thursday March 18th at 8:30 PM ET. Her book Alone blew my mind. I am currently reading the book aloud to my fifth graders, and they are captivated. It feels a little bit like Alone will be for them, what Hatchet was for me as kid. […]

March 15

Announcing the Flight of the Puffin Read Aloud: Connecting Classrooms Coast-to-Coast by Ann Braden

Last week at the grocery store I was putting cans of beans in my shopping cart when I heard a quiet voice: “Ann? Is that you?” I looked up, and for an absurdly long moment the two of us studied the other’s eyes, the only part of our faces visible between our masks and winter […]

March 14

A Nerdy Conversation with Jennifer L. Holm 3/15 at 8:30 PM ET

COLBY: I am excited to host a conversation on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page with Jennifer L. Holm March 15th at 8:30 PM ET. We’ll be talking about her latest middle grade novel The Lion of Mars. You can also view the conversation live, or after it is complete, on YouTube. I’ll insert the […]

March 13

Dear March 13th, 2020 by Renee Bowman

Dear March 13th, 2020, Given how much I’ve thought about you in the last year, I wanted to write you a letter in the hopes that it would be helpful to me. We have some serious catching up to do. When we were last together, it was the final day that I was an in-person […]

March 12

Dedicating ourselves to “This One’s Dedicated to…” by Chris Barton and Jennifer Ziegler

Eight months or so into COVID-19 lockdown, we finally gave in. After long putting off or downright dismissing an idea that the two of us had for a multimedia sideline (i.e. an unpaid and distracting tangent) to our work as authors, we recognized that conditions had become perfect for giving that idea a try. Namely: […]

March 11

A Live Conversation between Rajani LaRocca and Colby Sharp TONIGHT AT 8:30 PM EST

Colby: I’m excited to chat with Rajani LaRocca this evening about her book ‘Red, White and Whole’. You can follow along live on Facebook or YouTube. If you visit the links after the conversation, you will still be able to listen view the conversation. I made a video about Rajani’s book that you can watch […]

March 10

Brave Storytellers by Beth Vrabel

“I like that she did things on her own.”   This was the feedback I recently was gifted from a young reader about Nellie Murrow, the eleven-year-old protagonist in The Newspaper Club.   When Nellie moves to a small New England town, she misses the bustle of the city. But Nellie is the daughter of […]

March 09

A TV Writer Finds His Happy Place by James Ponti

My path to becoming an author began not in a library or bookstore, but at the Royal Palm movie theater in Atlantic Beach, Florida. I could walk there without crossing any major roads, which is how it became the first “grown up” place I was allowed to go by myself. (1970s parenting at its finest.) […]

March 07

“My Brother Won’t Stop Hitting”: When Children Write about Abuse by Laura Shovan

My brother won’t stop hitting, it’s like thunder in the walls, my brother won’t stop hitting, it’s like pouring rain drops… I hold a child’s hand-written poem in my hands. The author – a long ago student from one of my poetry residencies – dated their writing March of 2005.  In ten lines, this elementary […]

March 05

Cover Reveal – Crashing in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

A note from Jennifer Richard Jacobson   As a twelve-year-old, Peyton writes her “must-have checklist” for prospective boyfriends. Silly, right?   Hmm. Perhaps not. As a young girl, creating such a list would never have occurred to me. I was nothing if not accommodating. I was quick to recognize the needs of others and bend […]