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‘Everything we do shapes us’ Todd Parr shares his journey to publication

Colby: I had a blast hanging out and getting to know Todd Parr for this episode of The Yarn. I was so happy that he turned out to be as amazing of a person as I built him up to be. The world is lucky to have him. I hope you like this episode of […]

‘I had to sit down, before I fell down’ Jason Chin on his award-winning book, GRAND CANYON

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Jason Chin during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about his Caldecott and Sibert Honor-winning book, Grand Canyon. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Ashley Herring Blake Discusses The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James.

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Ashley Herring Blake at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. It is always interesting when I meet someone through an interview for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed getting to know Ashley.

“They see each other for the first time” Minh Lê on DRAWN TOGETHER

Travis: It was a pleasure to sit down with Minh Lê and talk about how his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together, came to be. In this episode Minh talks about how the story was born in a 3:00 am brainstorming session with a fussy baby, and how the language barrier between the main characters […]

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 5: Kazu Kibuishi

  Colby: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the graphic novel series Amulet. If you work with kids, you probably know that Amulet is one of the most popular graphic novel series of all-time. For this episode, I interviewed Kazu in front of a live audience in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 6: Laurel Snyder

Colby: I love Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island. It was one of my favorite 2017 middle grade novels. Talking to Laurel about the book was so exciting. The book leaves so much to the imagination. If you missed this episode, be sure to check it out! You won’t regret it.

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 7: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  Colby: If you haven’t read Jarrett’s Hey, Kiddo you are really missing out. It is one of the most beautiful and important books of 2018. Jarrett sent us some tape more than a year ago that we ran in the fall. It was cool getting a chance to hear him talk while he was […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 8: Cynthia Leitich Smith

  Colby: Hearts Unbroken was one of my favorite 2018 young adult novels. We don’t do many episodes features YA authors, but we jumped at the opportunity to interview Cynthia. It was our 8th most played episode of the year.

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 9: Andrew Clements

  Colby: I wonder what percentage of elementary schools in the United States have a copy of Frindle in their school library. I bet it is pretty high. Having the opportunity to sit down and chat with Andrew Clements for The Yarn was a dream come true. Coming in at Number 9 this year is […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 10: Kate Messner

  Colby: I interviewed Kate Messner about her book Breakout in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference. I loved learning about her process. Check out the episode below, and be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.