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‘I think it starts with just cracking jokes’ Dan Santat Visits The Yarn

Travis: I interviewed Dan Santat back in June at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference. Ostensibly, the focus was his latest, Harold & Hog Pretend For Real, but we ended up getting into a bunch of his recent work, and his collaboration process with Mo Willems. I think you’re going to like it. Subscribe […]

#TBT: Matt Tavares Talks About GROWING UP PEDRO

Travis: It’s time to throw back to a beloved episode from the past . . . Author/illustrator Matt Tavares makes some of the best nonfiction picture books around, and the story of how he created GROWING UP PEDRO is pretty great. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

‘Write, and find out who you are’ – A Conversation with Meg Medina

Travis: It’s a pleasure to share this conversation with Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina taking us behind the scenes of Merci Suárez Changes Gears. It was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every […]

‘I had to sit down, before I fell down’ Jason Chin on his award-winning book, GRAND CANYON

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Jason Chin during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about his Caldecott and Sibert Honor-winning book, Grand Canyon. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

“They see each other for the first time” Minh Lê on DRAWN TOGETHER

Travis: It was a pleasure to sit down with Minh Lê and talk about how his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together, came to be. In this episode Minh talks about how the story was born in a 3:00 am brainstorming session with a fussy baby, and how the language barrier between the main characters […]

‘I get to be the one to tell this story?’ Molly Idle on PEARL and getting ‘The Call’

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Molly Idle during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about her most recent picture book, Pearl, and about her Caldecott Honor win for Flora and the Flamingo. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

How THE ITCHY BOOK! Was Made with LeUyen Pham

Travis: LeUyen Pham has illustrated early reader books before, but The Itchy Book! is the first one that she has also written. I sat down last summer at ALA Annual in New Orleans to talk with Pham about the process. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 1: Colby & Travis

Travis: And the most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 2: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Travis: And the 2nd most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 3: Katherine Applegate

Travis: And the 3rd most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .