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Redefining the American Child with Grace Lin

We spoke with Grace Lin about her Caldecott Honor winning book, A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR.

‘Kids are smart!’ – Abby Wambach

Colby: When Travis and I started this podcast, I had no idea that I’d get a chance to interview one of the greatest athletes to ever live. Wow! Chatting with Abby Wambach about the young readers edition of her book Wolfpack was so much fun. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation! Be sure […]

Keeping it 100 with Oge Mora

Today we have the conclusion of our two-part episode with Oge Mora.

The Yarn Turns Five!

This podcast is five years old! In this episode, Colby looks back to the beginning of The Yarn, and ahead to the new school year.

‘I have an enviable amount of paper’ – Oge Mora Takes Us Behind the Scenes of THANK YOU, OMU!

Travis: It was a joy to talk with Oge Mora about her book Thank You, Omu! In this episode (part one of two) She talks about how the book started as a project for school, how she makes her art, and what it was like to win a Caldecott Honor with her first book. We […]

Jeff Kinney Visits The Yarn

Colby: Interviewing someone like Jeff Kinney is a little nerve-racking. The guy has sold more than 250,000,000 million books. That is a lot! I have seen so many kids develop of love of reading within the pages of Jeff’s books, so all I wanted to do with my 20 minute conversation is thank him. Thanking […]

What is Bookshop?

Colby: During this pandemic, I’ve been thinking a lot about supporting small businesses. When I saw a lot of book creators talking about Bookshop, I got curious. It is pretty darn easy to purchase books from Amazon, but I know that the money I spend with them doesn’t support my community. Learning that Bookshop sends […]

I AM EVERY GOOD THING – Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Visit The Yarn

Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.

ALL WELCOME HERE: James Preller and Mary GrandPré Visit The Yarn

The picture book All Welcome Here arrives today, and I talked with author James Preller and illustrator Mary GrandPré about how it was created.

An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis

Colby: I’ve worked with Joanna Parzakonis the last handful of years on Nerd Camp Michigan. Joanna and her husband Derek are the co-owners of the independent bookstore Bookbug in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the stay at home order in Michigan, I have found myself worried about how this order might be impacting my favorite bookstore. I […]