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Throwback Thursday: Departing with Matthew Holm

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Travis: One of the most interesting parts of following graphic novel Sunny Side Up on Season 1 of The Yarn was the “departure” element of the book. Matthew and Jennifer Holm had become well known for Babymouse, but what would it be like for them to tackle a story that was very different from that well-known […]

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

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  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Not On The Yarn: Laurel Snyder

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Colby: I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. It is always fun to hear children’s literature creators featured on shows that are not about children’s literature. I thought it would be fun to share these hidden kid lit gems. I didn’t know what to call this series, so I “hired” my co-host Travis […]

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds

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Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

Mark Turetsky Reads Aloud For A Living

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Colby: I’m excited to share a new series of blog posts: Narrator Of The Month. Each month we’ll profile an audio book narrator. This month we’re getting to know Mark Turetsky. I first heard Mark read while listening to the audio book for Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I listened to the entire […]

Throwback Thursday: Comics Maker and Colorist Lark Pien (S1 E6)

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Travis: Our goal with the first season of The Yarn was to talk to people who were vital to making Sunny Side Up, but aren’t necessarily credited on the cover. You have to open the cover to learn that Lark Pien was the colorist for the book. Pien is also a cartoonist, creating the Long Tail […]

#34 Javaka Steptoe – RADIANT CHILD Unraveled

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Travis: With Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe has created one of the best picture books of the year. On the latest episode of The Yarn, Steptoe talks about when he first discovered Jean-Michel Basquiat, the parallels in their lives, and how he created the stunning artwork in the book.   Here’s the episode:   Subscribe below to […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

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Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]

#33 Gertie’s Leap to Greatness Unravelled (S2 E4)

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Colby: I’m excited to share our last episode of Season 2. I have really enjoyed following debut author Kate Beasley’s road to publication. It is pretty wild to think that we first starting working on this season over a year ago. In today’s episode Kate talks about Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. I loved listening to […]

#32 Kate & Cassie Beasley (S2 E3)

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Travis: The second season of The Yarn is all about the middle grade novel Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. Today, in episode 3 we head down to the Beasley farm in Georgia and hear from Kate Beasley’s mom and sister, Circus Mirandus author Cassie Beasley. If you missed the first two episodes of this season, here’s […]