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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: 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. […]

#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: […]