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An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis

Colby: I’ve worked with Joanna Parzakonis the last handful of years on Nerd Camp Michigan. Joanna and her husband Derek are the co-owners of the independent bookstore Bookbug in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the stay at home order in Michigan, I have found myself worried about how this order might be impacting my favorite bookstore. I […]

Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp Talk Book Access During This Pandemic

Colby: The world we live in today seems so different from the world we lived in a few weeks ago. One of the things that has changed is book access for kids. Schools are closed. Libraries are closed. Many book stores are closed. Many of the ways that our kids found reading materials are no […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE19

Colby: One of my favorite events each year is the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference. This year’s event is in Baltimore, and I am so excited to attend. For the last several years, I’ve spent some of my time at the conference interviewing creators for The Yarn. Below you will find a […]

What’s Your Process? Episode III with Alicia D. Williams

In our latest episode, Alicia D. Williams is back to talk about her writing process. We hope that you are enjoying our series with Alicia as much as we are.

#TBT: Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead Visits The Yarn

Travis: Throwing it back to when Colby interviewed Rebecca Stead about Goodbye Stranger. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

Book Deal and Social Media with Alicia D. Williams

Colby: Holy smokes! This is our 99th episode. Crazy. I figured this little show would be lucky to make it to 25. Thank you to everyone that has tuned in. It means a lot. In today’s episode, debut author Alicia D. Williams talks about what it is like for a debut author to announce their […]

Listening to The Yarn on Spotify: A Step-by-Step Guide

We’ve been wanting to have The Yarn listed on Spotify for a while now, but we kept running into tech hurdles. No more! As of today, the hurdles are cleared and The Yarn is available for your Spotify listening pleasure. If you’re a Spotify subscriber, we put together a step-by-step guide to find and follow […]

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.

Not on The Yarn: The Cult of Pedagogy

Colby: This past week I got an email from Mrs. Woolworth about the latest episode of The Cult of Pedagogy. Mrs. Woolworth is an amazing teacher in my district, that is always trying to get better. I subscribe to The Cult of Pedagogy podcast, but I hadn’t listened to the latest episode. Mrs. Woolworth’s endorsement […]

#TBT: Tracey Baptiste Talks About The Jumbies

Colby: Crazy that The Yarn is inching closer to 100 episodes. I thought it might be fun to start throwing it back on Thursdays to some of our previous episodes. It has been an honor sharing these episodes with you. Thanks for tuning in! The third book in Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies series, The Jumbies […]