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Debut Author Kamilla Benko Talks Unicorns, Editing, and Her Middle Grade Novel

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COLBY: Debut author Kamilla Benko visted my classroom last fall when she was on a pre-publication tour for her book The Unicorn Quest. My students and I had a blast reading, writing, and creating with her. During lunch, I broke out my audio recorder, and interviewed her for this episode of The Yarn! I hope […]

Our Top 10 Most Popular Episodes of 2017

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Travis: It’s the last day of 2017, which seems like a good day to share our 10 most popular episodes of the year. Let’s count them down from 10 to 1: 10. Melissa Sweet – SOME WRITER! Unraveled: 9. Angie Thomas – THE HATE U GIVE Unraveled: 8. Margarita Engle – LION ISLAND Unraveled 7. […]

A Conversation with the Ambassador: Gene Luen Yang

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Travis: In just a couple weeks, a new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature will be named. It seems like the perfect time to chat with Gene Luen Yang, the guy who currently holds the title. A few things covered in this conversation: How Gene’s career began with some indirect help from the Teenage Mutant […]

Is Yuyi Morales The World’s Most Inspiring Illustrator?

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COLBY: I love working on this audio show. Sharing stories like the one we get to share today makes my heart happy. Yuyi’s journey to becoming a book creator is one of the most inspirational stories that we have ever shared here on The Yarn. I hope the episode brings you as much joy and inspiration […]

‘I’m Always Trying to Find Something New’ – Yuyi Morales

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Colby: Interviewing Yuyi Morales for The Yarn Podcast at the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago was one of the most inspiring moments of my life. Her story is one that you will not want to miss. I decided to break my interview with Yuyi into two parts. […]

‘The Book Started Probably When I Was in Elementary School’ Jack Gantos Visits The Yarn

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Travis: I sat down with Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos last July at Nerdcamp. His passion for turning kids on to writing is on full display in his latest book, Writing Radar. In this episode, Jack talks about his first experiences as a writing teacher, and as a new author visiting schools for the first time. […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE17

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Colby: I’m excited to head to the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference today. It is one of my favorite conferences. I’ll spend the next four days attending sessions, connecting with educators, visiting with old friends, making new friends, and interview book creators for The Yarn. Travis and I try to do all […]

Tom Angleberger on the Evolution of the Origami Yoda Series

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Travis: Doing a podcast with a friend is fun. One reason is because Colby and I both usually record our interviews solo. So I get to listen to interviews Colby has done and they are totally new to my ears. This episode is a perfect case. Colby talked to Tom Angleberger all about his Origami […]

A Note from The Yarn

Yarn Note

Angie Thomas Goes Behind the Scenes of THE HATE U GIVE

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Travis: It was such a pleasure to talk with Angie Thomas about her bestselling YA novel The Hate U Give, one of the true must-reads of 2017. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter