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Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 9: Andrew Clements

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  Colby: I wonder what percentage of elementary schools in the United States have a copy of Frindle in their school library. I bet it is pretty high. Having the opportunity to sit down and chat with Andrew Clements for The Yarn was a dream come true. Coming in at Number 9 this year is […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 10: Kate Messner

  Colby: I interviewed Kate Messner about her book Breakout in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference. I loved learning about her process. Check out the episode below, and be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.

Not on The Yarn: Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller

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Colby: A couple of weeks ago the book I wrote with Donalyn Miller, Game Changer! Book Access For All Kids, was released. Donalyn and I appeared together on the Scholastic Reads podcast. Our book is about finding ways to make sure that all kids have access to books. If that is something you are interested […]

‘This Book Changed My Life’ Derrick Barnes Visits The Yarn

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Travis: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut was one of my favorite picture books of 2017. I wasn’t alone. In this episode, I talked with author Derrick Barnes about how one of the most beloved picture books in recent memory came to be. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every […]

‘Every book is a conversation’ Kate DiCamillo on LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME

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Travis: Louisiana’s Way Home is Kate DiCamillo’s first middle grade sequel (or more accurately in this case, companion novel). It also marks a return to first-person writing – something she hasn’t done since Because of Winn Dixie. It was a pleasure to talk with her about how these two things came to be. We hope […]

Angela Dominguez Visits The Yarn: Episode #80

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  Colby: I sat down with Angela Dominguez in an air conditioned room (it was 107 degrees outside) at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference in July to talk about her amazing 2018 middle grade novel Stella Díaz Has Something to Say. Be sure to check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every […]

A Debut Author in His Own Words: Travis Jonker on the Path to The Very Last Castle

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Travis: Get ready for a different sort of show. It’s about The Very Last Castle (my book with Mark Pett), but it’s also about creativity, perseverance, and self-doubt. I say stuff in this episode I’ve never said to another human. All the internal stuff that people fight through when trying to make something and share it with […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks Hey, Kiddo on The Yarn

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Colby: Three years ago Jarrett sent The Yarn an audio file of him talking about working on his book Hey, Kiddo. He was still pretty early in the process which provided for an fascinating look behind the curtain. Today, we run that tape. You’ll find that episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Check out […]

Not On The Yarn: Sara K. Ahmed’s Nerd Talk

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  Colby: Each year at Nerd Camp Michigan 5-7 people give seven minute talks. These talks do not include slides. For many people, these Nerd Talks are the most inspirational part of camp. Heinemann published Sara K. Ahmed’s talk on their podcast. You MUST listen to this talk. It is important. Click here or the image […]

LIVE with 2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!

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Travis: This one was a pleasure. Today we have a special LIVE episode with a panel of 2018 Pura Belpré award winners: Ruth Behar (Lucky Broken Girl), Pablo Cartaya (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), and Juana Martinez-Neal (La Princesa and the Pea). It was recorded at the […]