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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. I am also a huge fan and have been anxiously awaiting the book. I can’t wait to read it and try some of the ideas with my students!

  2. I have been waiting for this book since it was merely a twinkle in Colby’s eye. So excited to get my hands on it–I have pre-ordered the book and it should be arriving soon, but if I win, I have found the perfect person to received it as a gift.

  3. So excited about this book and all of the ideas and talent contained within! Looking forward to sharing it with my school!

  4. I’m so excited for Colby’s book, and I’m looking forward to attending my first Nerd Camp this summer!

  5. NEED! Thanks to so many author friends, I’ve been able to cultivate my own creativity, which has been a map to my soul. I need to pass this on to my students, and this book seems like the perfect way to do so! Thanks for the chance, Pernille!

  6. Love the learning and community of…he Nerdy Podcast, Nerdy Book Club, Donalyn Miller, all things Pernille Ripp (GRA) and now excited about this book!

  7. Have followed Colby Sharp and most of the authors in the book for a few years! Would love this book!! Will be one of those “go to books”!

  8. I’ve had this book in my Amazon cart since I first heard about it. Can’t wait to read and share!

  9. Colby is so inspiring. I loved his #BestPartOfMyDay and I love his videos. I’m sure the book is great.,

  10. I would love to win this book. I love reading, but I love reading books that would help my dyslexia student. I can’t wait to read it.

  11. How exciting! I remember hearing about this, but lost track of the release date. Thanks for the reminder!

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