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Goal for 2018: Interview Tara Westover for The Yarn

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Colby: On average I read roughly one book written for adults every three years. I read books for teachers, but other than that, I only read books written for kids. Thankfully, the cover to Tara Westover’s Educated captivated me. Every time I saw it, I was dying to know what I would find inside. A […]

“I hope kids find something they need in the book,” Victoria Jamieson

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Colby: Victoria Jamieson is amazing. Talking to her about All’s Faire in Middle School for The Yarn was tons of fun! During the interview Victoria drew me interviewing her. She told me that drawing makes her less nervous. If you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear her Sharpie move across the page when she’s […]

Make Something Weird: Greg Pizzoli Visits The Yarn

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Travis: I interviewed Greg Pizzoli about his book Good Night Owl at the 2017 SCBWI conference. He talked about the evolution of the book and what it was like to find out it had won a Geisel honor. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

‘I just want to delight kids’ – Candace Fleming Visits The Yarn

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Travis: During the 2017 NCTE conference Colby talked with Candace Fleming about Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom, the first book in her new middle grade series. It turns out Colby actually played a part in how the series came to be. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

‘We Knew We Had to Lay it All Out There’ – Irene Latham & Charles Waters Discuss CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?

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Travis: In early February Irene Latham and Charles Waters visited Michigan for a week of school visits. This was the perfect opportunity to interview them for the show. In this episode, Irene and Charles talk about how they collaborated to create their book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship (illustrated […]

2018 Youth Media Award Winners on The Yarn

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Travis: A bunch of the folks who recently took home awards during the 2018 Youth Media Awards have appeared on the show. If you haven’t listened to these episodes, now might be a good time to get to know these award winners. Jason Reynolds Awards: Newbery Honor, CSK Author Honor, Printz Honor, Odyssey Honor Matthew […]

Chelsea Clinton Reads from She Persisted

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Colby: When I head that Chelsea Clinton was reading the audio book for She Persisted, I reached out to Listening Library to see if we could run a clip here on The Yarn blog. Check it out below!   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

How Andrew Clements Came Up With Frindle

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Colby: I had a really nice time at NCTE last fall talking to Andrew Clements about his latest book The Losers Club. We talked about a lot of things, and I left the conversation thinking how nice it would be to sit down with Andrew for coffee each week. He has so many stories, and […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

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Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Not on The Yarn: Matt de la Peña and Loren Long

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Travis: Matt de la Peña and Loren Long were recently on NPR’s All Things Considered, reading from and talking about their just-released picture book, Love. It isn’t that often that a picture book author and illustrator sit down and talk about the making of a book together, so this was a treat. Click here to listen.