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The Yarn Turns Five!

This podcast is five years old! In this episode, Colby looks back to the beginning of The Yarn, and ahead to the new school year.

‘I have an enviable amount of paper’ – Oge Mora Takes Us Behind the Scenes of THANK YOU, OMU!

Travis: It was a joy to talk with Oge Mora about her book Thank You, Omu! In this episode (part one of two) She talks about how the book started as a project for school, how she makes her art, and what it was like to win a Caldecott Honor with her first book. We […]

Jeff Kinney Visits The Yarn

Colby: Interviewing someone like Jeff Kinney is a little nerve-racking. The guy has sold more than 250,000,000 million books. That is a lot! I have seen so many kids develop of love of reading within the pages of Jeff’s books, so all I wanted to do with my 20 minute conversation is thank him. Thanking […]

What is Bookshop?

Colby: During this pandemic, I’ve been thinking a lot about supporting small businesses. When I saw a lot of book creators talking about Bookshop, I got curious. It is pretty darn easy to purchase books from Amazon, but I know that the money I spend with them doesn’t support my community. Learning that Bookshop sends […]

I AM EVERY GOOD THING – Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Visit The Yarn

Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.

ALL WELCOME HERE: James Preller and Mary GrandPré Visit The Yarn

The picture book All Welcome Here arrives today, and I talked with author James Preller and illustrator Mary GrandPré about how it was created.

An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis

Colby: I’ve worked with Joanna Parzakonis the last handful of years on Nerd Camp Michigan. Joanna and her husband Derek are the co-owners of the independent bookstore Bookbug in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the stay at home order in Michigan, I have found myself worried about how this order might be impacting my favorite bookstore. I […]

‘We need to keep our hope going.’ Mitali Perkins visits The Yarn

Mitali Perkins takes us behind the scenes of her book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA: A FAMILY STORY FROM THE BORDER, illustrated by Sara Palacios

Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp Talk Book Access During This Pandemic

Colby: The world we live in today seems so different from the world we lived in a few weeks ago. One of the things that has changed is book access for kids. Schools are closed. Libraries are closed. Many book stores are closed. Many of the ways that our kids found reading materials are no […]

‘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