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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

We’d Like to Send You a Sticker

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Travis: Thank you to everyone who has supported The Yarn for the last two years. Colby and I thought it would be fun to send The Yarn stickers to listeners who review the show. If you’d like a sticker just leave us a review on iTunes (use the link below), and we’ll contact you about where […]

Putting Grunge Back in Art with Allen Say

Allen Say

Travis: When I first opened an advance copy Allen Say’s latest book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams, (out October 31st) I was taken aback – it’s unlike anything the artist has made before. Blame it on American artist James Castle, whom the book is about. Say channeled Castle so thoroughly that I assumed the book contained […]

Coming Soon (ish) on The Yarn

Travis: There are a lot of great children’s book creators coming up on The Yarn. Here’s a preview: Coming soon . . . pic.twitter.com/GXo9K8o5EV — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) August 16, 2017

Not on the Yarn: Dr. Seuss

Not on The Yarn

Travis: A new Dr. Seuss museum has opened in the author’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and All Things Considered gives us a peek inside. The museum isn’t without controversy (recently covered in the New York Times and elsewhere). The NPR piece touches on the topic, and we hear from Geisel family members about collection decisions. Click […]

Anatomy of an Author Visit with Aaron Zenz

Aaron Zenz

Travis: A successful author visit is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? When author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited my school I interviewed him about how he approaches a visit with kids. We talk about all sorts of stuff – how he built his presentation, how it’s evolved, and even how he handles the unexpected. I think my favorite […]

Not on The Yarn: Maurice Sendak

Not on The Yarn

Travis:  The great Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012, but he has a new book coming out next fall. Consider me skeptical. Well, I was – until I heard this All Things Considered interview with the author of the book (and Sendak pal/collaborator) Arthur Yorinks, who describes it as a development Sendak would have been delighted […]

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

Some Writer

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

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 […]

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

Image Credit: Amy Ignatow

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 […]