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Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!

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As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]

Not On The Yarn: Daniel Handler

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Colby: Last week Travis shared an episode of Longform with me that featured Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Many people consider her the greatest interviewer in the universe. I agree with those people. After listening to the episode, I went over to the Fresh Air feed to see if the show had featured any interesting guests lately. […]

‘My Dad Keeps Calling it (picture books) My Calling’ – Deborah Freeman

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Colby: Earlier this week Shy was crowned by my students as our Mock Caldecott winner. It was a lot of fun to tell them about all the cool things I learned about Deborah Freedman while interviewing her for this episode. She is brilliant. I hope you like the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. […]

Throwback Thursday: Departing with Matthew Holm

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Travis: One of the most interesting parts of following graphic novel Sunny Side Up on Season 1 of The Yarn was the “departure” element of the book. Matthew and Jennifer Holm had become well known for Babymouse, but what would it be like for them to tackle a story that was very different from that well-known […]

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

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  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Not On The Yarn: Laurel Snyder

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Colby: I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. It is always fun to hear children’s literature creators featured on shows that are not about children’s literature. I thought it would be fun to share these hidden kid lit gems. I didn’t know what to call this series, so I “hired” my co-host Travis […]

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds

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Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

Mark Turetsky Reads Aloud For A Living

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Colby: I’m excited to share a new series of blog posts: Narrator Of The Month. Each month we’ll profile an audio book narrator. This month we’re getting to know Mark Turetsky. I first heard Mark read while listening to the audio book for Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I listened to the entire […]

Throwback Thursday: Comics Maker and Colorist Lark Pien (S1 E6)

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Travis: Our goal with the first season of The Yarn was to talk to people who were vital to making Sunny Side Up, but aren’t necessarily credited on the cover. You have to open the cover to learn that Lark Pien was the colorist for the book. Pien is also a cartoonist, creating the Long Tail […]

#34 Javaka Steptoe – RADIANT CHILD Unraveled

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Travis: With Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe has created one of the best picture books of the year. On the latest episode of The Yarn, Steptoe talks about when he first discovered Jean-Michel Basquiat, the parallels in their lives, and how he created the stunning artwork in the book.   Here’s the episode:   Subscribe below to […]