The All-Time Greatest School Fundraiser |$2000 In 3 Hours

Just about every month we host a lock in at our school. Each lock in raises around $2000 for our school. Crazy, right? If you’d like to learn more about the how, the why, and what we do with the money check out the video below.

If you have any questions about lock ins after watching the video, please leave me a comment below. I’d love to help!

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Graph Novel Tips From Victoria Jamieson

I was extremely lucky to sit down with Victoria Jamieson at NCTE in St. Louis back in November. After recording audio for an episode of The Yarn podcast, we turned on the video camera and I asked her if she had any tips for kids that want to create comics. Her response was amazing! We watched it in class, and so many of my students picked up a pencil and started making comics. It was magical. I hope you find value in the video (below).

Be sure to check out the other episodes in my One Question with Mr. Sharp playlist (below).

Thank you so much for tuning in. If you ever need anything, just shoot me an email: colbysharp@gmail.com

5 Ways You to Support Authors and Illustrators

Yesterday at lunch, I created a quick video with some tips for how you can easily support book creators. The more support they get from their readers, the more likely they will be able to continue to write awesome books for kids!

Here’s another video I made about the importance of supporting independent bookstores.

 

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It’s A Wonderful Sweater! | Interview

I absolutely love teaching in my hometown. LOVE IT. A lot of kids that grow up in Jackson County are under the impression that Jackson is a place that is forced to live in, and the goal in life should be to get out as fast as you can. While I have respect for view, it is pretty much the opposite of how I have always felt. Jackson is filled with some pretty amazing people, and I feel blessed to call it my home.

Nicholas Rush runs The Resale Depot. It is a resale store ran by a local church. They divide the profits up and donate the to various ministries. Mr. Rush is working on changing the perception of Jackson by highlighting local community members in his series: It’s A Wonderful Sweater. Each episode features a Jacksonian talking about what they do, and why they love the city.

It was an honor to be a part of It’s A Wonderful Sweater. You can find my episode below.

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One Question With Kate Messner

At NCTE in St. Louis I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Kate Messner. We spent most of our time talking about her book Breakout for The Yarn podcast. Kate was kind enough to also answer a question for my One Question With Mr. Sharp series.

I asked Kate if she could share something she has learned since she left the classroom, that she would try with students if she was still a classroom teacher. Be sure to stick around to the end of the video to hear what question Kate has for you!

Check out the previous episodes of One Question With Mr. Sharp below!

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My 2017 Nerdy Ballot

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Earlier this week, Donalyn Miller wrote her annual Nerdy Book Club Nerdversary post. In this post she does a call for nominations for our annual Nerdy Book Club awards books. I’ve been working on the books that I am going to nominate. It is so hard narrowing down some of these categories. Below you will find my current list. I’m sure one or two books might change between now and when I nominate. I still have some 2017 books to read!

Be sure to let me know what awesome 2017 books that I missed in the comments below.

Note: I did not nominate any books in the MG/YA nonfiction category because I don’t feel like I read enough books in the category to feel comfortable nominating anything. I need to do a better reading nonfiction next year. 

Picture Books Fiction

This House, Once

By: Deborah Freedman

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After The Fall

By: Dan Santat

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The Book of Mistakes

By: Corinna Luyken

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Claymates

By: Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge

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All The Way to Havana

By: Margarita Engle and Mike Curato

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Picture Book Nonfiction

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider

By: Barbara Herkert and Lauren Castillo

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How to be an Elephant

By: Katherine Roy

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Can an Aardvark Bark?

By: Melissa Stewart and Steve Jenkins

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Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

By: Patricia McCormick and Iacopa Bruno

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What Makes a Monster?

By: Jess Keating and David DeGrand

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Early Reader/Chapter Books

A Boy Called Bat

By: Elena K. Arnold

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Ballet Cat: What’s Your Favorite Favorite?

By: Bob Shea

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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

By: Shelley Johannes

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The Good For Nothing Button!

By: Charise Mericle Harper

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It’s Shoe Time!

By: Bryan Collier

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Graphic Novels

Real Friends

By: Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

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Swing It, Sunny

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

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All’s Faire in Middle School

By: Victoria Jamieson

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Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt

By: Ben Clanton

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Dog Man Unleashed

By: Dav Pilkey

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Poetry and Novels in Verse

Animal Ark

By: Kwame Alexander and Joel Sartore

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Bravo! Poems About Amazing Latinos

By: Margarita Engle and Rafael López

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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

By: Nikki Grimes

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

By: Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth

Illustrations by: Ekua Holmes

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Tony

By: Ed Galing and Erin E. Stead

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Middle Grade Fiction

I couldn’t cut this category down to five, so I listed six. Not sure which book I’ll cut when I fill out my ballot. This is so hard!

Orphan Island

By: Laurel Snyder

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The War I Finally Won

By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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The First Rule of Punk

By: Celia C Pérez

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

By: Pablo Cartaya

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

By: Rita Williams Garcia

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wishtree

By: Katherine Applegate

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Young Adult Fiction

The Hate U Give

By: Angie Thomas

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Piecing Me Together

By: Renée Watson

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Long Way Down

By: Jason Reynolds

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Turtles All The Day Down

By: John Green

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Reading Aloud Ghost | VLOG

It has been about four weeks since I last did a VLOG. I forgot how much I love doing them. Today’s vlog comes from my school day on Thursday. It was a great day. The vlog focuses on literary essays, reading aloud ghosts, and an awesome new nonfiction picture book for kids. Thanks for watching! (video below)

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read The War I Finally Won

I have been having a lot of fun creating videos lately. Trying out some video book talks seemed like a good idea. Let me know what you think! (video below)

The War I Finally Won can be purchased wherever books are sold. Please consider purchasing it from your local independent bookseller. If you don’t have a local indie, you could try Bookbug. They are really awesome.

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