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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.

‘This Book Changed My Life’ Derrick Barnes Visits The Yarn

Travis: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut was one of my favorite picture books of 2017. I wasn’t alone. In this episode, I talked with author Derrick Barnes about how one of the most beloved picture books in recent memory came to be. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every […]

‘Every book is a conversation’ Kate DiCamillo on LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME

Travis: Louisiana’s Way Home is Kate DiCamillo’s first middle grade sequel (or more accurately in this case, companion novel). It also marks a return to first-person writing – something she hasn’t done since Because of Winn Dixie. It was a pleasure to talk with her about how these two things came to be. We hope […]

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 […]

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: […]