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‘I’ve never written a novel where I didn’t almost give up’ – Eoin Colfer Goes Behind the Scened of the ARTEMIS FOWL Series

Eoin Colfer takes us behind the scenes of the Artemis Fowl series

Inside an Award-Winning Picture Book: Sandra Neil Wallace on BETWEEN THE LINES

Travis: In 2019, Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery won the Orbis Pictus Award for excellence in nonfiction for children. In this episode, Colby talks with author Sandra Neil Wallace about her inspiration to write about Ernie Barnes and her collaboration with illustrator Bryan Collier. We […]

Shannon and Dean Hale: The Origin Story of The Princess in Black

Travis: The Princess in Black series began in 2014 and is still going strong. I talked with Shannon & Dean Hale about the origins of the series back at ALA Annual in Washington D.C. It was a good time. Mentioned in the episode: Shannon’s tumblr, Piggyback Writer. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe to […]

The Cover of GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN Looks a Little Different Now

Travis: A lot has happened since we released our mini-series featuring debut author Alicia D. Williams. Her book, Genesis Begins Again has a bunch of medals on its cover now: That’s Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and Morris. It reminded me that we never put all the Alicia D. Williams episodes of The Yarn in one […]

Printz Award Winner A.S. King Visits The Yarn

Travis: If you were watching the 2020 Youth Media Awards a couple weeks ago, you know that A.S. King’s book Dig won the Printz award. Wonder how the book came together and the inspiration behind it? King takes us behind the scenes in our latest episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Kate DiCamillo on the 20 Year Legacy of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE

Travis: Because of Winn-Dixie turns 20 this year. Few children’s books have had the impact or staying power of Kate DiCamillo’s debut. In this episode, Colby calls Kate DiCamillo to discuss the book and the affect it’s had on readers. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

New Year, New Books: Our 2020 Preview!

Travis: In our last episode we looked back at 2019. Today is for looking forward. Colby and I discuss all the books and storylines getting us jazzed for 2020. We hope you enjoy the episode. Happy New Year! Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Let’s Take a Look Back at Children’s Literature in 2019

Travis: We have a special episode for you today: our 2019 Year in Review. Colby and I discuss all that children’s literature had to offer this past year, highlighting some of the best and most noteworthy books to hit shelves in the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy the episode. Happy New Year! Subscribe […]

#TBT: Chris Grabenstein Visits The Yarn!

Travis: Today we’re throwing it back to our episode with Chris Grabenstein. In this episode, Grabenstein takes us behind the scenes of his book Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. He’s as much fun as his books. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

Remembering Andrew Clements

Travis: Colby and I were sad to hear that the great Andrew Clements passed away. We decided to share our 2018 episode with Clements again. In the episode, Colby talks with Clements about how he got into writing, the inspiration behind Frindle, and his book The Losers Club. We hope you enjoy the episode.