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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.

‘I don’t know if I could have written this novel five years ago’ Cynthia Leitich Smith on Hearts Unbroken

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Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with writer (and Cynsations mastermind) Cynthia Leitich Smith about her latest book, Hearts Unbroken: In the episode, Cynthia talks about the real-life experience that inspired the story, her typical writing day, and the benefits and challenges of having your mom as your superfan. We hope you enjoy the episode: […]

Not on The Yarn: Minh Lê on All Things Considered

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Travis: The title of this post doesn’t exactly fit – Minh Lê has been on the show before: But he was also recently on NPR’s All Things Considered talking about his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together. Lê shares how he drew inspiration from his own life for the book, a story of communicating across […]

Not on The Yarn: Thi Bui on NPR’s All Things Considered

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Travis: I really wanted to add a (Yet) to the title of this post – we would love to have Bui on a future episode. But at least we have this appearance on All Things Considered. In it, the Caldecott Honor winner (A Different Pond) focuses on her Eisner Award-nominated graphic memoir, The Best We […]

Coming Soon(ish) on The Yarn

Travis: Here are a few of the children’s book creators who will be appearing on the show in the coming months: Coming soon . . . pic.twitter.com/d0SBNba2rG — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) July 14, 2018

Collaborators: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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Travis: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have worked together to make some of the most indelible picture books of the last decade. Colby sat down with the duo at the NCTE conference to discuss their work and how they make books together. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click […]

Kat Yeh on Writing with Emotional Honesty

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Travis: Colby interviewed Kat Yeh last fall at the NCTE conference. She takes us behind the scenes of her sometimes challenging writing process for her middle grade novel, The Way to Bea.  It was a great conversation. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn […]

The Yarn LIVE at ALA!

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Travis: We’re looking forward to this: The Yarn is going LIVE in New Orleans for ALA Annual. If you’ll be there, we’d love to see you.

“The Stars Aligned” – Brendan Wenzel on The Yarn

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Travis: They All Saw a Cat is one of those rare unforgettable books. It’s become one of the most popular picture books in my K-4th grade school library. And critics are on board too (see above photo). In this episode I talk to Brendan Wenzel about how the book came to be, and what it […]

“I hope kids find something they need in the book,” Victoria Jamieson

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Colby: Victoria Jamieson is amazing. Talking to her about All’s Faire in Middle School for The Yarn was tons of fun! During the interview Victoria drew me interviewing her. She told me that drawing makes her less nervous. If you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear her Sharpie move across the page when she’s […]

Make Something Weird: Greg Pizzoli Visits The Yarn

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Travis: I interviewed Greg Pizzoli about his book Good Night Owl at the 2017 SCBWI conference. He talked about the evolution of the book and what it was like to find out it had won a Geisel honor. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]