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Grace Lin And Alvina Ling: The BFF Episode


Last year I got an email from Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin. She had an idea for an episode of The Yarn. I loved the idea, but it sounded tricky. Lots of moving pieces. I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try. I’m so glad I decided to roll with Grace’s idea. This episode […]

Not On The Yarn: Daniel Handler

Not on The Yarn

Colby: Last week Travis shared an episode of Longform with me that featured Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Many people consider her the greatest interviewer in the universe. I agree with those people. After listening to the episode, I went over to the Fresh Air feed to see if the show had featured any interesting guests lately. […]

‘My Dad Keeps Calling it (picture books) My Calling’ – Deborah Freeman


Colby: Earlier this week Shy was crowned by my students as our Mock Caldecott winner. It was a lot of fun to tell them about all the cool things I learned about Deborah Freedman while interviewing her for this episode. She is brilliant. I hope you like the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. […]

Not On The Yarn: Laurel Snyder

Not on The Yarn

Colby: I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. It is always fun to hear children’s literature creators featured on shows that are not about children’s literature. I thought it would be fun to share these hidden kid lit gems. I didn’t know what to call this series, so I “hired” my co-host Travis […]

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds


Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

Mark Turetsky Reads Aloud For A Living


Colby: I’m excited to share a new series of blog posts: Narrator Of The Month. Each month we’ll profile an audio book narrator. This month we’re getting to know Mark Turetsky. I first heard Mark read while listening to the audio book for Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I listened to the entire […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16


Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]

#33 Gertie’s Leap to Greatness Unravelled (S2 E4)


Colby: I’m excited to share our last episode of Season 2. I have really enjoyed following debut author Kate Beasley’s road to publication. It is pretty wild to think that we first starting working on this season over a year ago. In today’s episode Kate talks about Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. I loved listening to […]

If You Like The Yarn, You Might Also Like “Books Between”


Colby:  Travis and I are always looking for great books to hand the readers in our lives. We know that if a kid likes Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie they might also like Barbara O’Connor’s How to Steal a Dog. We were thinking that it might be fun to do the same with podcasts. In […]

#31 Grace Kendall (S2 E2)

I interviewed Grace in our room with a fancy sign at ALA.

Colby: We’re excited to bring you Episode 2 of Season 2. In today’s episode we tell the story of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness editor Grace Kendall.   If you missed Episode 1, subscribe below and you can catch up on all of our episodes. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter