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

Jack and I

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

Kat Yeh

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

Origami Series

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

The Hate U Give

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

Ryan T. Higgins Talks About Be Quiet!

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Colby: Last spring author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins visited the students at Parma Elementary. It was an amazing school visit. My students LOVED it. When my students went to lunch, Ryan and I sat down to talk about his book Be Quiet! I hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe to The Yarn below

Not On The Yarn: Philip and Erin Stead on NPR

Not on The Yarn

Travis: Picture book makers Philip and Erin Stead have a new book out – one co-written with Mark Twain. The story of how this book came about is fascinating stuff, and NPR captured the whole thing on audio. Click below to listen.

A LIVE All-Star Bonus Mega Special Picture Book Maker Episode: Kuo, Cordell, Pizzoli, Santat, Collier

Picture Book Panel

Travis: This was fun. At the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this past summer, I moderated an all-star panel of picture book makers – Julia Kuo, Matthew Cordell, Greg Pizzoli, Dan Santat, and Bryan Collier. It was a blast. I’m pleased to say we recorded the whole thing. It’s full of humor, wisdom, snack […]

We’d Like to Send You a Sticker

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Travis: Thank you to everyone who has supported The Yarn for the last two years. Colby and I thought it would be fun to send The Yarn stickers to listeners who review the show. If you’d like a sticker just leave us a review on iTunes (use the link below), and we’ll contact you about where […]

‘I Was In A Body Cast For Close to a Year’ – Ruth Behar

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Colby: Ruth Behar stopped by my school back in the spring to record the interview used for this episode of The Yarn. I had a great time chatting with her. Thanks for coming to Parma, Ruth! While Ruth was at Parma, I also interviewed her for a new video series I’m doing called One Question […]