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Talking About Hats with Jon Klassen (Part 1)

I Want My Hat Back

Travis: Do you remember reading I Want My Hat Back for the first time? I bet you do. With a combination of unique execution and a daring ending it quickly became the “have you read this yet?” picture book of 2011. Its affect on the world of picture books is still being felt today. Two more hat-themed books would […]

Duncan Tonatiuh Talks FUNNY BONES

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Travis: Funny Bones is one of those books that’s garnered so much critical acclaim I feared they might run out of places to put all the awards. I had a great time talking to Funny Bones creator Duncan Tonatiuh about the process of becoming an artist who makes books for kids, and the inspiration behind […]

*NO SPOILER ALERT* Minh Lê Visits The Yarn

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When I found out Minh Lê was writing picture books, it made me happy. I’d been following him online for years and knew he was a creative guy. In his debut book, Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas) Le pours that exuberant creative spirit onto the page with wonderful results. Also, it smells good. […]

Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!

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As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]

Throwback Thursday: Departing with Matthew Holm

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Travis: One of the most interesting parts of following graphic novel Sunny Side Up on Season 1 of The Yarn was the “departure” element of the book. Matthew and Jennifer Holm had become well known for Babymouse, but what would it be like for them to tackle a story that was very different from that well-known […]

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

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  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Throwback Thursday: Comics Maker and Colorist Lark Pien (S1 E6)

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Travis: Our goal with the first season of The Yarn was to talk to people who were vital to making Sunny Side Up, but aren’t necessarily credited on the cover. You have to open the cover to learn that Lark Pien was the colorist for the book. Pien is also a cartoonist, creating the Long Tail […]

#34 Javaka Steptoe – RADIANT CHILD Unraveled

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Travis: With Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe has created one of the best picture books of the year. On the latest episode of The Yarn, Steptoe talks about when he first discovered Jean-Michel Basquiat, the parallels in their lives, and how he created the stunning artwork in the book.   Here’s the episode:   Subscribe below to […]

#32 Kate & Cassie Beasley (S2 E3)

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Travis: The second season of The Yarn is all about the middle grade novel Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. Today, in episode 3 we head down to the Beasley farm in Georgia and hear from Kate Beasley’s mom and sister, Circus Mirandus author Cassie Beasley. If you missed the first two episodes of this season, here’s […]

#30 Kate Beasley and Jennifer Holm (S2 E1)

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Travis: Our initial idea for The Yarn: One Book, All Angles. In Season 1, we focused on the graphic novel Sunny Side Up: Season 2 of The Yarn kicks off today. This time around, we’re following Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by debut author Kate Beasley.   In this episode you’ll hear from Kate, but also […]