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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

Inside an Award-Winning Picture Book: Sandra Neil Wallace on BETWEEN THE LINES

Travis: In 2019, Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery won the Orbis Pictus Award for excellence in nonfiction for children. In this episode, Colby talks with author Sandra Neil Wallace about her inspiration to write about Ernie Barnes and her collaboration with illustrator Bryan Collier. We […]

Shannon and Dean Hale: The Origin Story of The Princess in Black

Travis: The Princess in Black series began in 2014 and is still going strong. I talked with Shannon & Dean Hale about the origins of the series back at ALA Annual in Washington D.C. It was a good time. Mentioned in the episode: Shannon’s tumblr, Piggyback Writer. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe to […]