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Remembering Andrew Clements

Travis: Colby and I were sad to hear that the great Andrew Clements passed away. We decided to share our 2018 episode with Clements again. In the episode, Colby talks with Clements about how he got into writing, the inspiration behind Frindle, and his book The Losers Club. We hope you enjoy the episode.

‘It’s way too much fun’: Dave Eggers Visits The Yarn

Travis: Back in June I sat down with award-winning author Dave Eggers. We talked about the differences between writing for kids and writing for adults, and the inspiration behind his picture book Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, illustrated by Laura Park. It’s an honor to follow in the interviewing footsteps of Conan O’Brien: We […]

Bob Shea on the Return of Unicorn and an Unexpected Author Visit

Travis: I share the above handsome image of Bob Shea to tell you that he’s on the latest episode and I think you’re really going to like it. Bob takes us behind the scenes of his books Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All before telling what I […]

3 a.m. Hopes and Fears with Alicia D. Williams

Travis: It’s part two of our series on debut author Alicia D. Williams. In this episode, Alicia couldn’t sleep and turns on the mic at 3 a.m. to talk about her publishing hopes and fears. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify StitcherFacebookTwittergoogle_plusShare

Our 100th Episode! The Yarn Unraveled

Travis: The first episode of The Yarn went live on August 17, 2015. Here we are four years later at episode 100. In this extended episode, Colby and I discuss the evolution of the show, including our favorite, not-so-favorite, and funniest moments from the show. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: […]

‘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 […]

How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being a Terrible Teacher to an Amazing Author

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Adam Gidwitz for The Yarn on a car ride to an airport. He’s a great dude, and I think a lot of people are going to find his journey to publication fascinating.

‘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 […]

The One Where Jess Keating Tells a Joke

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Jess Keating for this episode of The Yarn. Her World of Weird Animal series is fantastic. I hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed producing it. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

‘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.