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Not On The Yarn: Kwame Alexander

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Last week the one and only Kwame Alexander appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to talk about his book Out of Wonder. Previous Not On The Yarn Posts Amy Krouse Rosenthal Daniel Handler  

More Hat: Jon Klassen (Part II)

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Travis: Today is part two of our three-part series with Jon Klassen. Last time he was talking about I Want My Hat Back. Today’s episode is all about This Is Not My Hat. This Is Not My Hat has become one of my all-time favorite read alouds. I read it with students every year at […]

Talking About Hats with Jon Klassen (Part 1)

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Travis: Do you remember reading I Want My Hat Back for the first time? I bet you do. With a combination of unique execution and a daring ending it quickly became the “have you read this yet?” picture book of 2011. Its affect on the world of picture books is still being felt today. Two more hat-themed books would […]

Not On The Yarn: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Rest in peace Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Previous Not On The Yarn Posts Daniel Handler

Kevin Henkes Is Worth The Wait

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Henkes last summer in Orlando at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. Kevin is a genuine article. I hope you like listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed created it.   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Duncan Tonatiuh Talks FUNNY BONES

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Travis: Funny Bones is one of those books that’s garnered so much critical acclaim I feared they might run out of places to put all the awards. I had a great time talking to Funny Bones creator Duncan Tonatiuh about the process of becoming an artist who makes books for kids, and the inspiration behind […]

Narrator of the Month: Tara Sands

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Colby: We are excited to feature Tara Sands in this edition of our Narrator of the Month Series. If you listened to Season 2 of The Yarn, you may remember hearing a clip of Tara reading the first chapter of Gertie’s Leap To Greatness at the end of Episode Four. You’ll find an interview I did […]

Grace Lin And Alvina Ling: The BFF Episode

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Last year I got an email from Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin. She had an idea for an episode of The Yarn. I loved the idea, but it sounded tricky. Lots of moving pieces. I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try. I’m so glad I decided to roll with Grace’s idea. This episode […]

*NO SPOILER ALERT* Minh Lê Visits The Yarn

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When I found out Minh Lê was writing picture books, it made me happy. I’d been following him online for years and knew he was a creative guy. In his debut book, Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas) Le pours that exuberant creative spirit onto the page with wonderful results. Also, it smells good. […]

Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!

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As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]