Self-Hosted

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Hello,

I have recently moved my blog from a WordPress.com site to a self-hosted site. Self-hosted allows me to do a lot of things that the free WordPress site did not allow. As a result, anyone that comes to my site using the URL: http://www.sharpread.wordpress.com, will not see any new posts. If you come using: www.mrcolbysharp.com, you will get the new stuff. :)

I am working on transferring email subscribers over to the new account. I should have this taken care of by late April.

Thank you for reading my blog, and your continued support.

Mr. Colby Sharp

Here Comes Destructosaurus! Trifecta

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I’m super excited to be celebrating Here Comes Destructosaurus! with Mr. Schu and #NerdyBookClub today.

Check out Mr. Schu’s interview with illustrator Jeremy Tankard:

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Click on Aaron to read his Nerdy Book Club post.

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For my portion of today’s trifecta I get to interview Aaron Reynolds. Huzzah, huzzah!

Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

  • 1 question with 5 sentences

  • 1 question with 4 sentences

  • 1 question with 3 sentences

  • 1 question with 2 sentences

  • 1 question with 1 sentence

3.  They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences

4. Have fun!

Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about Here Comes Destructosaurus!?

1. Giant monstrous lizards!

2. Temper tantrums!

3. Giant chickens!

4. Dinosaur hugs!

What’s not to love? (5 sentences)

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2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?  

No boss. (1 sentence)

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

You work alone, so you tend to be really insecure. It’s easy to always wonder if you’re the only one that thinks your story is hilarious. In the end, you have to shut out the self-doubt and negative voices and just trust yourself. But that’s very hard. (4 sentences)

4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

James and the Giant Peach. I always dreamed of eating that peach and riding through the seagull-filled sky with Centipede and Old Green Grasshopper. (2 sentences)

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5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?  

Trust your ideas. Don’t worry about what your friends might think. Be willing to take chances and write the funniest, silliest, craziest, most out-there stuff you want to…it’s risky to do, but it’s also where your very BEST writing lives. (3 sentences)

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Thanks for reading, friends!

Slice of Life: Celebrating Princess Lacey

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My students and I have followed the story of Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth very closely. It started with me reading them a Bleacher Report article in early February. They were inspired by Adreian’s story and they fell in love with Lacey.

 

When Lacey joined Adreian for senior night I shared it with my students.

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A week later when Adriean and Lacey got a chance to cut down the nets in Indianapolis after Michigan State won the Big Ten title, I shared it with my students.

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When my students and I got back from spring break I shared with them all the fun Lacey had traveling around the country sharing her story.

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Unfortunately, shortly after we returned from spring break Lacey passed away. Sharing this news with my students was extremely difficult. They were heartbroken, I was heartbroken, we grieved together.

A few days after this video was published online.

 

The video brought more tears than I have ever seen in a classroom. My kids were so stinking sad. For a minute after sharing the video I wondered if the video was too sad to show my third graders. I like to think that we have a culture in our room that allows us to be able to have these types of moments.

I’m excited to go to school today. These last couple of months of the school year are my favorites. My students and I have grown so close that I feel like on any given day just about anything could be discussed.

I can’t wait to see where today takes us.

Updated-  4.22.2014 – 6:34 AM

Over the weekend one of my students went to East Lansing with her family to sign “The Rock” on the campus of Michigan State University.

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A Morning with Andy Griffiths

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Andy Griffiths is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He writes wonderful books for children, and he treats every child like they are the most important fan he has ever met.

Last Thursday, Andy visited second through fifth graders at my school. He was amazing. The kids absolutely adored him. They hung on his every word, and they appreciated his willingness to let them be silly. I have never seen kids talk so much during an author visit, yet it never felt like they were being disrespectful. When Andy Griffiths speaks their is a lot for kids to talk/laugh about. Even though kids were louder than I am use to during an author visit, it never felt like things were out of control.

Andy knew what he was doing and he did it very well.

After the visit, we hosted a potluck in our library in Andy’s honor. I learned a ton about his process for writing books with Terry Denton, and of his family.

I’m sure that Andy interacts with tons of people every year, yet he found a way to make everybody feel important. He asked me many sincere questions about my career and my family.

Andy Griffiths is a class act.

Below you find some images from the tweets sent out during Andy’s visit. Enjoy!

 

It’s author visit day!!!!! pic.twitter.com/PdueUYsGDc

— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) April 17, 2014

A Couple of Sentences About #TXLA14

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I had the best time in San Antonio last week during the Texas Library Association’s annual conference. I was blown away by the kind things said about the Nerdy Book Club session that I was a part of. I’m still trying to process the kind words shared here by Jennifer LaGarde.

It is an honor to be able to call Kirby Larson my friend. She sent the tweet below after our session. it warmed my heart.