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‘It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle’ – Melissa Sweet Goes Behind the Scenes of SOME WRITER!

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Travis: What are the challenges of writing an illustrated biography? I talked to Melissa Sweet about her book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

My Hope Is That Kids Will Draw More – Mike Lowery

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Colby: Last fall at NCTE in Atlanta, I interviewed author/illustrator Mike Lowery for The Yarn. Mike is a great guy, and it was a lot of fun getting to know him. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Who Will Be Our Guests for The Yarn LIVE at ALA Annual in Chicago?

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Travis: Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago later this month? We are recording two LIVE episodes at the Chapter 1 Stage (located in the exhibits hall). And I think you’re going to like the guests. First up, on Friday, June 23 from 5:45-6:35 pm . . . And second (but […]

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

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  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Throwback Thursday: Playing Fact or Fiction with Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Early draft of SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Travis: We had it all laid out. The first Season 1 of The Yarn was supposed to be eight episodes. I made four. Colby made four. We were all set. But as we were listening to the tape of Jennifer and Matthew Holm interviewing each other (for episode eight) an additional episode emerged – one […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

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Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]

Listen to New Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle on The Yarn

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Travis: How’s that for timing, folks? Last week we released our episode with Margarita Engle and then the Poetry Foundation goes and names her Young People’s Poet Laureate. If you missed the episode, you can listen below. Subscribe below to catch every episode of The Yarn. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

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Colby: Sitting down and interviewing with Margarita Engle at NCTE was truly an honor. She has given so much to the world of children’s literature. I hope you enjoy listening to her talk about her book Lion Island, her hope for her books, and why she writes. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

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Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]

Throwback Thursday: Jennifer and Matthew Holm Interview Each Other

Early draft of Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Travis: It was the summer of 2015 and we were all set up to record an interview with Jennifer Holm for the final episode of the first season of The Yarn (we weren’t sure if we would continue past that first season at the time). We did the interview and we were set. We thought. […]