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‘Everything we do shapes us’ Todd Parr shares his journey to publication

Colby: I had a blast hanging out and getting to know Todd Parr for this episode of The Yarn. I was so happy that he turned out to be as amazing of a person as I built him up to be. The world is lucky to have him. I hope you like this episode of […]

‘I had to sit down, before I fell down’ Jason Chin on his award-winning book, GRAND CANYON

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Jason Chin during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about his Caldecott and Sibert Honor-winning book, Grand Canyon. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Ashley Herring Blake Discusses The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James.

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Ashley Herring Blake at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. It is always interesting when I meet someone through an interview for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed getting to know Ashley.

“They see each other for the first time” Minh Lê on DRAWN TOGETHER

Travis: It was a pleasure to sit down with Minh Lê and talk about how his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together, came to be. In this episode Minh talks about how the story was born in a 3:00 am brainstorming session with a fussy baby, and how the language barrier between the main characters […]

The One Where Jess Keating Tells a Joke

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Jess Keating for this episode of The Yarn. Her World of Weird Animal series is fantastic. I hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed producing it. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

‘I get to be the one to tell this story?’ Molly Idle on PEARL and getting ‘The Call’

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Molly Idle during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about her most recent picture book, Pearl, and about her Caldecott Honor win for Flora and the Flamingo. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Laurie Halse Anderson Stops By The Yarn to Talk Shout

  Colby: I had an amazing time talking to Laurie Halse Anderson at NCTE last fall for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode, but more importantly I hope you read her book Shout. It is an important one.   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

How THE ITCHY BOOK! Was Made with LeUyen Pham

Travis: LeUyen Pham has illustrated early reader books before, but The Itchy Book! is the first one that she has also written. I sat down last summer at ALA Annual in New Orleans to talk with Pham about the process. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Unravelling Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound

  Colby: Amal Unbound is one of the most unforgettable middle grade novels of 2018. Sitting down with Aisha to talk about the book for The Yarn was so much fun. I hope you like the episode!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 1: Colby & Travis

Travis: And the most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .