being a teacher

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 have been waiting for this book to come out! I am so excited to read it and experience all of the stories.

  2. I can’t wait to read this book! Colby and so many of the contributors to this book have made a mark on my professional journey. I am so thankful for the #nerdybookclub tribe!

  3. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Colby Sharp personally,but I have been following him for a while and really appreciate all of his info that he shares about BOOKS! Reading is the key and we need more people that share insight into what teaching is like! Happy Book Birthday !

  4. We could put this to good use in our *remedial* summer school class where we Tom Sawyer our kids into writing and reading and hope they think they invented it!

  5. AWESOME! We have a few copies floating around our school and my group will be utilizing it TOMORROW when we are not in a session with you! SO excited to hear you speak.

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