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2018 Youth Media Award Winners on The Yarn

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Travis: A bunch of the folks who recently took home awards during the 2018 Youth Media Awards have appeared on the show. If you haven’t listened to these episodes, now might be a good time to get to know these award winners. Jason Reynolds Awards: Newbery Honor, CSK Author Honor, Printz Honor, Odyssey Honor Matthew […]

Chelsea Clinton Reads from She Persisted

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Colby: When I head that Chelsea Clinton was reading the audio book for She Persisted, I reached out to Listening Library to see if we could run a clip here on The Yarn blog. Check it out below!   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

How Andrew Clements Came Up With Frindle

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Colby: I had a really nice time at NCTE last fall talking to Andrew Clements about his latest book The Losers Club. We talked about a lot of things, and I left the conversation thinking how nice it would be to sit down with Andrew for coffee each week. He has so many stories, and […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

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Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Not on The Yarn: Matt de la Peña and Loren Long

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Travis: Matt de la Peña and Loren Long were recently on NPR’s All Things Considered, reading from and talking about their just-released picture book, Love. It isn’t that often that a picture book author and illustrator sit down and talk about the making of a book together, so this was a treat. Click here to listen.

Debut Author Kamilla Benko Talks Unicorns, Editing, and Her Middle Grade Novel

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COLBY: Debut author Kamilla Benko visted my classroom last fall when she was on a pre-publication tour for her book The Unicorn Quest. My students and I had a blast reading, writing, and creating with her. During lunch, I broke out my audio recorder, and interviewed her for this episode of The Yarn! I hope […]

Our Top 10 Most Popular Episodes of 2017

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Travis: It’s the last day of 2017, which seems like a good day to share our 10 most popular episodes of the year. Let’s count them down from 10 to 1: 10. Melissa Sweet – SOME WRITER! Unraveled: 9. Angie Thomas – THE HATE U GIVE Unraveled: 8. Margarita Engle – LION ISLAND Unraveled 7. […]

A Conversation with the Ambassador: Gene Luen Yang

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Travis: In just a couple weeks, a new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature will be named. It seems like the perfect time to chat with Gene Luen Yang, the guy who currently holds the title. A few things covered in this conversation: How Gene’s career began with some indirect help from the Teenage Mutant […]

Is Yuyi Morales The World’s Most Inspiring Illustrator?

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COLBY: I love working on this audio show. Sharing stories like the one we get to share today makes my heart happy. Yuyi’s journey to becoming a book creator is one of the most inspirational stories that we have ever shared here on The Yarn. I hope the episode brings you as much joy and inspiration […]

‘I’m Always Trying to Find Something New’ – Yuyi Morales

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Colby: Interviewing Yuyi Morales for The Yarn Podcast at the National Council For Teachers of English Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago was one of the most inspiring moments of my life. Her story is one that you will not want to miss. I decided to break my interview with Yuyi into two parts. […]