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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 […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

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Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]

#33 Gertie’s Leap to Greatness Unravelled (S2 E4)

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Colby: I’m excited to share our last episode of Season 2. I have really enjoyed following debut author Kate Beasley’s road to publication. It is pretty wild to think that we first starting working on this season over a year ago. In today’s episode Kate talks about Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. I loved listening to […]

#32 Kate & Cassie Beasley (S2 E3)

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Travis: The second season of The Yarn is all about the middle grade novel Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. Today, in episode 3 we head down to the Beasley farm in Georgia and hear from Kate Beasley’s mom and sister, Circus Mirandus author Cassie Beasley. If you missed the first two episodes of this season, here’s […]

If You Like The Yarn, You Might Also Like “Books Between”

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Colby:  Travis and I are always looking for great books to hand the readers in our lives. We know that if a kid likes Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie they might also like Barbara O’Connor’s How to Steal a Dog. We were thinking that it might be fun to do the same with podcasts. In […]

#31 Grace Kendall (S2 E2)

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Colby: We’re excited to bring you Episode 2 of Season 2. In today’s episode we tell the story of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness editor Grace Kendall.   If you missed Episode 1, subscribe below and you can catch up on all of our episodes. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

#4 Phil Falco (S1 E4)

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Colby: Back in Season 1 of The Yarn we had an opportunity to art director Phil Falco. We learned a lot from Phil. If you didn’t get a chance to listen last year when we released our episode with Phil, we hope you’ll give it a listen today. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on […]

#30 Kate Beasley and Jennifer Holm (S2 E1)

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Travis: Our initial idea for The Yarn: One Book, All Angles. In Season 1, we focused on the graphic novel Sunny Side Up: Season 2 of The Yarn kicks off today. This time around, we’re following Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by debut author Kate Beasley.   In this episode you’ll hear from Kate, but also […]