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A Debut Author in His Own Words: Travis Jonker on the Path to The Very Last Castle

Travis: Get ready for a different sort of show. It’s about The Very Last Castle (my book with Mark Pett), but it’s also about creativity, perseverance, and self-doubt. I say stuff in this episode I’ve never said to another human. All the internal stuff that people fight through when trying to make something and share it with […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks Hey, Kiddo on The Yarn

Colby: Three years ago Jarrett sent The Yarn an audio file of him talking about working on his book Hey, Kiddo. He was still pretty early in the process which provided for an fascinating look behind the curtain. Today, we run that tape. You’ll find that episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Check out […]

LIVE with 2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!

Travis: This one was a pleasure. Today we have a special LIVE episode with a panel of 2018 Pura Belpré award winners: Ruth Behar (Lucky Broken Girl), Pablo Cartaya (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), and Juana Martinez-Neal (La Princesa and the Pea). It was recorded at the […]

Kazu Kibuishi Stops by The Yarn to Talk Amulet

Colby: I interviewed Kazu Kibuishi more than two years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan in front of a live audience. With the release of Amulet 8 inching closer, it felt like a great time to run the episode. Enjoy!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.  

‘I don’t know if I could have written this novel five years ago’ Cynthia Leitich Smith on Hearts Unbroken

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with writer (and Cynsations mastermind) Cynthia Leitich Smith about her latest book, Hearts Unbroken: In the episode, Cynthia talks about the real-life experience that inspired the story, her typical writing day, and the benefits and challenges of having your mom as your superfan. We hope you enjoy the episode: […]

Laurel Snyder Knows What Happens Before and After Orphan Island

Colby: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder is one of my all-time favorite books for kids. I wish that I could have read it when I was a kid. The ending would have haunted me fore years. I had a blast interviewing Laurel about the book last fall at NCTE. Check out the episode below!   […]

Collaborators: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Travis: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have worked together to make some of the most indelible picture books of the last decade. Colby sat down with the duo at the NCTE conference to discuss their work and how they make books together. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click […]

Katherine Applegate on Writing From a Place of Anger

COLBY: Today’s young readers continue to be captivated by Katherine Applegates stories. I am grateful that they have her books in their heart. In Today’s episode of The Yarn, Katherine talks about how the idea of this book came out of today’s political climate. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

Kat Yeh on Writing with Emotional Honesty

Travis: Colby interviewed Kat Yeh last fall at the NCTE conference. She takes us behind the scenes of her sometimes challenging writing process for her middle grade novel, The Way to Bea.  It was a great conversation. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn […]

“How do we react to fear?” – Kate Messner Visits The Yarn

Colby: I had the opportunity to interview Kate Messner for The Yarn in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference last fall. Talking to her about her innovative 2018 middle grade novel was enlightening. I hope you like the episode! After the podcast interview, I did a video interview with Kate. Check that out below. Subscribe […]