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‘We need to keep our hope going.’ Mitali Perkins visits The Yarn

Mitali Perkins takes us behind the scenes of her book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA: A FAMILY STORY FROM THE BORDER, illustrated by Sara Palacios

Inside an Award-Winning Picture Book: Sandra Neil Wallace on BETWEEN THE LINES

Travis: In 2019, Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery won the Orbis Pictus Award for excellence in nonfiction for children. In this episode, Colby talks with author Sandra Neil Wallace about her inspiration to write about Ernie Barnes and her collaboration with illustrator Bryan Collier. We […]

Printz Award Winner A.S. King Visits The Yarn

Travis: If you were watching the 2020 Youth Media Awards a couple weeks ago, you know that A.S. King’s book Dig won the Printz award. Wonder how the book came together and the inspiration behind it? King takes us behind the scenes in our latest episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Kate DiCamillo on the 20 Year Legacy of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE

Travis: Because of Winn-Dixie turns 20 this year. Few children’s books have had the impact or staying power of Kate DiCamillo’s debut. In this episode, Colby calls Kate DiCamillo to discuss the book and the affect it’s had on readers. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

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 […]