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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.

The Cover of GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN Looks a Little Different Now

Travis: A lot has happened since we released our mini-series featuring debut author Alicia D. Williams. Her book, Genesis Begins Again has a bunch of medals on its cover now: That’s Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and Morris. It reminded me that we never put all the Alicia D. Williams episodes of The Yarn in one […]

Printz Award Winner A.S. King Visits The Yarn

Travis: If you were watching the 2020 Youth Media Awards a couple weeks ago, you know that A.S. King’s book Dig won the Printz award. Wonder how the book came together and the inspiration behind it? King takes us behind the scenes in our latest episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Kate DiCamillo on the 20 Year Legacy of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE

Travis: Because of Winn-Dixie turns 20 this year. Few children’s books have had the impact or staying power of Kate DiCamillo’s debut. In this episode, Colby calls Kate DiCamillo to discuss the book and the affect it’s had on readers. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

New Year, New Books: Our 2020 Preview!

Travis: In our last episode we looked back at 2019. Today is for looking forward. Colby and I discuss all the books and storylines getting us jazzed for 2020. We hope you enjoy the episode. Happy New Year! Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Let’s Take a Look Back at Children’s Literature in 2019

Travis: We have a special episode for you today: our 2019 Year in Review. Colby and I discuss all that children’s literature had to offer this past year, highlighting some of the best and most noteworthy books to hit shelves in the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy the episode. Happy New Year! Subscribe […]

#TBT: Chris Grabenstein Visits The Yarn!

Travis: Today we’re throwing it back to our episode with Chris Grabenstein. In this episode, Grabenstein takes us behind the scenes of his book Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. He’s as much fun as his books. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

Remembering Andrew Clements

Travis: Colby and I were sad to hear that the great Andrew Clements passed away. We decided to share our 2018 episode with Clements again. In the episode, Colby talks with Clements about how he got into writing, the inspiration behind Frindle, and his book The Losers Club. We hope you enjoy the episode.

Alicia D. Williams: An Agent, An Auction, and a Book Deal

Travis: Today we’re proud to share the fourth and final episode in our miniseries with Genesis Begins Again debut author Alicia D. Williams. In this episode, Alicia gets honest about her struggle to overcome inadequacy, how she got into writing, and her journey to publishing her debut novel. I think everyone (and especially aspiring writers) […]

‘It’s way too much fun’: Dave Eggers Visits The Yarn

Travis: Back in June I sat down with award-winning author Dave Eggers. We talked about the differences between writing for kids and writing for adults, and the inspiration behind his picture book Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, illustrated by Laura Park. It’s an honor to follow in the interviewing footsteps of Conan O’Brien: We […]

PRESS HERE: Hervé Tullet Visits The Yarn

Travis: Looking back, our Hervé Tullet episode has become one of my favorites. I sat down with Tullet in a GIANT empty conference room in Boston during ALA Midwinter in 2016 to talk about his groundbreaking Press Here. Tullet talks about books in a pretty unique way, and I enjoyed every moment of our conversation. […]