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“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.

Angela Dominguez Visits The Yarn: Episode #80

  Colby: I sat down with Angela Dominguez in an air conditioned room (it was 107 degrees outside) at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference in July to talk about her amazing 2018 middle grade novel Stella Díaz Has Something to Say. Be sure to check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every […]

Anne Ursu Talks About The Real Boy #TBR

Colby: After Travis and I finished the first season of The Yarn, we had no idea what to do. After talking about the podcast Song Exploder, we thought we would try a new series where we have a creator spend an episode taking us inside one of their books. It is sort of like how […]

“I hope kids find something they need in the book,” Victoria Jamieson

Colby: Victoria Jamieson is amazing. Talking to her about All’s Faire in Middle School for The Yarn was tons of fun! During the interview Victoria drew me interviewing her. She told me that drawing makes her less nervous. If you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear her Sharpie move across the page when she’s […]