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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 […]

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.

Laurie Halse Anderson Stops By The Yarn to Talk Shout

  Colby: I had an amazing time talking to Laurie Halse Anderson at NCTE last fall for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode, but more importantly I hope you read her book Shout. It is an important one.   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.

Unravelling Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound

  Colby: Amal Unbound is one of the most unforgettable middle grade novels of 2018. Sitting down with Aisha to talk about the book for The Yarn was so much fun. I hope you like the episode!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Illustrating the Creation of the Universe with Ekua Holmes

How did Holmes go about illustrating the creation of the universe for THE STUFF OF STARS? It began with marbleized paper.

Jonathan Auxier Talks Sweep! #BroomsUp

Colby: I am so excited to share my conversation with Jonathan Auxier with you. Sweep is one of my favorite 2018 books, and talking to Jonathan about it was magical. If you haven’t read it, be sure to get yourself a copy. It is unforgettable.   Subscribe below to catch every episode.