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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 Book Started Probably When I Was in Elementary School’ Jack Gantos Visits The Yarn

Jack and I

Travis: I sat down with Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos last July at Nerdcamp. His passion for turning kids on to writing is on full display in his latest book, Writing Radar. In this episode, Jack talks about his first experiences as a writing teacher, and as a new author visiting schools for the first time. […]

Tom Angleberger on the Evolution of the Origami Yoda Series

Origami Series

Travis: Doing a podcast with a friend is fun. One reason is because Colby and I both usually record our interviews solo. So I get to listen to interviews Colby has done and they are totally new to my ears. This episode is a perfect case. Colby talked to Tom Angleberger all about his Origami […]

A Note from The Yarn

Yarn Note

Angie Thomas Goes Behind the Scenes of THE HATE U GIVE

The Hate U Give

Travis: It was such a pleasure to talk with Angie Thomas about her bestselling YA novel The Hate U Give, one of the true must-reads of 2017. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Not On The Yarn: Philip and Erin Stead on NPR

Not on The Yarn

Travis: Picture book makers Philip and Erin Stead have a new book out – one co-written with Mark Twain. The story of how this book came about is fascinating stuff, and NPR captured the whole thing on audio. Click below to listen.

A LIVE All-Star Bonus Mega Special Picture Book Maker Episode: Kuo, Cordell, Pizzoli, Santat, Collier

Picture Book Panel

Travis: This was fun. At the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this past summer, I moderated an all-star panel of picture book makers – Julia Kuo, Matthew Cordell, Greg Pizzoli, Dan Santat, and Bryan Collier. It was a blast. I’m pleased to say we recorded the whole thing. It’s full of humor, wisdom, snack […]

We’d Like to Send You a Sticker

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Travis: Thank you to everyone who has supported The Yarn for the last two years. Colby and I thought it would be fun to send The Yarn stickers to listeners who review the show. If you’d like a sticker just leave us a review on iTunes (use the link below), and we’ll contact you about where […]

Putting Grunge Back in Art with Allen Say

Allen Say

Travis: When I first opened an advance copy Allen Say’s latest book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams, (out October 31st) I was taken aback – it’s unlike anything the artist has made before. Blame it on American artist James Castle, whom the book is about. Say channeled Castle so thoroughly that I assumed the book contained […]

Coming Soon (ish) on The Yarn

Travis: There are a lot of great children’s book creators coming up on The Yarn. Here’s a preview: Coming soon . . . pic.twitter.com/GXo9K8o5EV — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) August 16, 2017

Not on the Yarn: Dr. Seuss

Not on The Yarn

Travis: A new Dr. Seuss museum has opened in the author’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and All Things Considered gives us a peek inside. The museum isn’t without controversy (recently covered in the New York Times and elsewhere). The NPR piece touches on the topic, and we hear from Geisel family members about collection decisions. Click […]