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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.

#TBT: Lindsay Eagar Visits The Yarn!

Travis: Throwing it back to when I interviewed Lindsay Eagar about her excellent work of middle grade fiction, Hour of the Bees. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

Bob Shea on the Return of Unicorn and an Unexpected Author Visit

Travis: I share the above handsome image of Bob Shea to tell you that he’s on the latest episode and I think you’re really going to like it. Bob takes us behind the scenes of his books Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All before telling what I […]

#TBT: Salina Yoon Visits The Yarn

Travis: Throwing it back to when Colby interviewed Salina Yoon about her picture book, Be a Friend. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

3 a.m. Hopes and Fears with Alicia D. Williams

Travis: It’s part two of our series on debut author Alicia D. Williams. In this episode, Alicia couldn’t sleep and turns on the mic at 3 a.m. to talk about her publishing hopes and fears. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify StitcherFacebookTwittergoogle_plusShare

Our 100th Episode! The Yarn Unraveled

Travis: The first episode of The Yarn went live on August 17, 2015. Here we are four years later at episode 100. In this extended episode, Colby and I discuss the evolution of the show, including our favorite, not-so-favorite, and funniest moments from the show. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: […]

#TBT: Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead Visits The Yarn

Travis: Throwing it back to when Colby interviewed Rebecca Stead about Goodbye Stranger. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

Listening to The Yarn on Spotify: A Step-by-Step Guide

We’ve been wanting to have The Yarn listed on Spotify for a while now, but we kept running into tech hurdles. No more! As of today, the hurdles are cleared and The Yarn is available for your Spotify listening pleasure. If you’re a Spotify subscriber, we put together a step-by-step guide to find and follow […]

#TBT: Gary D. Schmidt Visits The Yarn

Travis: It’s time to throw back to a beloved episode from the past . . . It’s rare when Colby and I do interviews for the podcast together. He does some, and I do some. I remember Colby sending me a message after he interviewed Gary D. Schmidt, saying it was really something. So I […]

‘I think it starts with just cracking jokes’ Dan Santat Visits The Yarn

Travis: I interviewed Dan Santat back in June at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference. Ostensibly, the focus was his latest, Harold & Hog Pretend For Real, but we ended up getting into a bunch of his recent work, and his collaboration process with Mo Willems. I think you’re going to like it. Subscribe […]

#TBT: Matt Tavares Talks About GROWING UP PEDRO

Travis: It’s time to throw back to a beloved episode from the past . . . Author/illustrator Matt Tavares makes some of the best nonfiction picture books around, and the story of how he created GROWING UP PEDRO is pretty great. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.