In today’s episode I try hard not to embarrass myself as we interview the uber-talented David Leviathan.
In Episode 2 you’ll get a chance to hear from the queen of graphic novel memoirs Raina Telgemeier. We’d love to know what you think. Be sure to Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #TheYarn.
Learn more about The Yarn and other Backpack Media shows by visiting Backpack’s brand spanking new website. Just click on the image below.
Travis Jonker and I are excited to announce/release an audio show that we’ve been working on that we’ve titled “The Yarn”.
The image below will take you to Matthew Winner’s Let’s Get Busy podcast, where we chat with him about the origins of The Yarn.
The Yarn is part of another project that I’m working on called Backpack Media. You can learn more about Backpack Media by clicking on the image below.
Happy Saturday! Be sure to head over to Mr. Schu’s site where you can find his video AND Lauren Castillo’s video.
It’s funny how silly things get born out of Twitter conversations. I was hanging out on Twitter when I saw the hashtag #LeftHandersDay. Tweeting about it for a bit, I got curious about how many illustrators out there are left-handed. Then I decided that it would be super cool to see how well illustrators draw with their off-hand.
Caldecott honor winner Lauren Castillo and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat stepped up and sketched one of their characters with their off hand. The results-priceless.
— Lauren Castillo (@studiocastillo) August 13, 2015
— Dan Santat (@dsantat) August 13, 2015
If you’d like to play along, just sketch one of your characters and tweet the image using the hashtag #WrongHandedDrawing.
This oughta be fun.
August is a weird time for me. I’ve been away for students for a long time, back to school shopping has begun, and the days are getting shorter and shorter.
A little over a week ago I started a middle grade novel. A few pages in I thought to myself: another book about “mean girls”. Really? I’m so sick of reading about mean girls. I put the book down and got on Twitter. When I got their I saw this tweet.
Reviewers say: “Not *another* sad animal book!” or “Had my fill of theme X!” You are adults. You have been reading a long time.
— Linda Urban (@lindaurbanbooks) July 31, 2015
Thank goodness for Linda Urban. You see, middle grade books are not about you and me. They can never be about us. I can never make books about me. Blogging, reading, teaching, designing my classroom- none of those things are about Mr. Sharp. These things, all things education related, are about my students. My readers. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read a book about a certain topic. I should go into each book thinking about what kid I can hand this off to. How might this book change a life?
After reading Ms. Urban’s tweet, I picked my book back up and to be perfectly honest, I fell madly in love with it. The characters, the setting, the plot I loved all of it. My head was spinning with all the ideas for how I could use the book in my classroom, and all the students that I taught in the past that would have LOVED the book.
Today, I’m going to start reading a new middle grade book. It’s a book that none of my friends have read, and that I have heard nothing about. I can’t wait to see what I find in those pages, because chances are this book will change the life of a reader or two. I just need to get it in the hands of kids.
Happy Saturday, friends! I’ve spent most of today washing cars with a bunch of seventh and eighth grade football players.
Be sure to visit Mr. Schu’s site to watch his video.
— ©olby Sharp (@colbysharp) August 2, 2015