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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.

Keeping it 100 with Oge Mora

Today we have the conclusion of our two-part episode with Oge Mora.

The Yarn Turns Five!

This podcast is five years old! In this episode, Colby looks back to the beginning of The Yarn, and ahead to the new school year.

‘I have an enviable amount of paper’ – Oge Mora Takes Us Behind the Scenes of THANK YOU, OMU!

Travis: It was a joy to talk with Oge Mora about her book Thank You, Omu! In this episode (part one of two) She talks about how the book started as a project for school, how she makes her art, and what it was like to win a Caldecott Honor with her first book. We […]

I AM EVERY GOOD THING – Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Visit The Yarn

Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.

ALL WELCOME HERE: James Preller and Mary GrandPré Visit The Yarn

The picture book All Welcome Here arrives today, and I talked with author James Preller and illustrator Mary GrandPré about how it was created.

‘We need to keep our hope going.’ Mitali Perkins visits The Yarn

Mitali Perkins takes us behind the scenes of her book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA: A FAMILY STORY FROM THE BORDER, illustrated by Sara Palacios

‘I’ve never written a novel where I didn’t almost give up’ – Eoin Colfer Goes Behind the Scened of the ARTEMIS FOWL Series

Eoin Colfer takes us behind the scenes of the Artemis Fowl series

Inside an Award-Winning Picture Book: Sandra Neil Wallace on BETWEEN THE LINES

Travis: In 2019, Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery won the Orbis Pictus Award for excellence in nonfiction for children. In this episode, Colby talks with author Sandra Neil Wallace about her inspiration to write about Ernie Barnes and her collaboration with illustrator Bryan Collier. We […]

Shannon and Dean Hale: The Origin Story of The Princess in Black

Travis: The Princess in Black series began in 2014 and is still going strong. I talked with Shannon & Dean Hale about the origins of the series back at ALA Annual in Washington D.C. It was a good time. Mentioned in the episode: Shannon’s tumblr, Piggyback Writer. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe to […]

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 […]