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Happy Book Birthday Mr. Sharp – Let’s Give Away a Copy of The Creativity Project

Thank you so much to all who entered, I am so glad I get to send a copy of this book to the lucky winner who was selected by a random number generator and notified yesterday!

I don’t remember when I first heard of Colby Sharp but I remember thinking to myself that he seemed like a nice guy.  Like someone, I could be friends with, like someone I would have been friends with in school if e had gone to school together.

I do remember the first time I met Colby Sharp.  He and the rest of the Nerdtastic team had asked if I would come to Nerdcamp.  How could I say no?  So one July morning, I got up at 4:30 AM and drove the 5 hours to Parma, Michigan so I could deliver my very first Nerdtalk and the rest, we could say, is history.

I have met a lot of people, but only a few are in Colby’s class; kind, giving, funny, dedicated to his family and to bettering our profession not for his own gains, but for kids everywhere.  He simply has his heart in the right place.  Is it, therefore, any wonder that I am so excited for his very first book project to be released today?  That’s right, the much anticipated, the incredibly worth it, the must read and then use teacher book The Creativity Project comes out today.

The book’s description:

Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.
The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!
With contributions by Tom Angleberger, Jessixa Bagley, Tracey Baptiste, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Deborah Freedman, Adam Gidwitz, Chris Grabenstein, Jennifer L. Holm, Victoria Jamieson, Travis Jonker, Jess Keating, Laurie Keller, Jarret J. Krosoczka, Kirby Larson, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Daniel Nayeri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Debbie Ohi, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dan Santat, Gary Schmidt, John Schu, Colby Sharp, Bob Shea, Liesl Shurtliff, Lemony Snicket, Laurel Snyder, Javaka Steptoe, Mariko Tamaki, Linda Urban, Frank Viva, and Kat Yeh.

So what better way to celebrate it, then to offer up a copy for a giveaway!  I hope you don’t mind, Colby, this book needs to be in the world and in the hands of teachers everywhere.  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment below and then you should buy the book as well.   I will close the contest on Saturday, March 17th.

193 thoughts on “Happy Book Birthday Mr. Sharp – Let’s Give Away a Copy of The Creativity Project”

  1. We saw and met you, Pernille, at Nerd Camp in 2016. Amazing! Colby, I am so excited for you and your book!

  2. Thank you Pernille for keeping me motivated!
    I read your posts aloud in the staff room during lunch- food for thought.

  3. I can’t think of a better way to honor Colby’s efforts. He exudes the passion that educators have every day. Beyond excited for him, the authors, and the world to share in this unique collaboration. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Thank you, Pernille and Colby, for continually inspiring us! Would love to win a copy of The Creativity Project!

  5. Already ordered and can’t wait for it to arrive. I felt like a total fan girl when I met Colby this summer at a Scholastic Reading Summit in Seattle.

  6. I was fortunate to meet Colby last year at my first ever Nerd Camp and see you in action as well. Both of you are my guiding inspiration to be a better teacher, mom, and person every day!!!

  7. This sounds not only wondrous but also incredibly useful! A gold mine of ideas!! Thanks for sharing details of it with us and for the giveaway.

  8. Always, always, always, learn so much by reading your blog, Pernille! I was not familiar with nERDcamp nor Colby Sharp but certainly am now. Definitely think it’s time for our area CESA to sponsor a nERDcamp!

  9. I love this idea! And I love your thoughts. Thank you for echoing my thoughts before I’ve even formed them!

  10. You are so right: I NEED this book. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts, Pernille Ripp, today and every day. 🙂

  11. What a wonderful tribute to Mr. Sharp – & how fortunate for us! I would love to read & use this book!!

  12. I have been a follower of Colby for sometime now. I love how enthusiastic he is. I want to be a student in his class. Can’t wait to get hold of this book!

  13. I am a big admirer of Colby Sharp and I’m so looking forward to reading The Creativity Project when it lands on my doorstep today! So no need to enter me in the contest. Thank you, Pernille for your heartfelt post! – Susan

  14. After school I’m heading to our independent bookstore to pick up the copy of The Wild Robot Escapes that they are holding for me. If they have Colby’s book I’ll grab a copy of that too! I’m retiring at the end of the year and I’m trying not to buy more school related books but it’s a hard habit to break. 😊

  15. I’m presenting at a writing symposium next week and it seems fitting to buy a copy of Colby’s book as a give away at that event. Then I would love to win a copy of it for myself. Inspiration oozes out of this book!

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