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‘I don’t know if I could have written this novel five years ago’ Cynthia Leitich Smith on Hearts Unbroken

Cynthia L. Smith

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with writer (and Cynsations mastermind) Cynthia Leitich Smith about her latest book, Hearts Unbroken: In the episode, Cynthia talks about the real-life experience that inspired the story, her typical writing day, and the benefits and challenges of having your mom as your superfan. We hope you enjoy the episode: […]

Not on The Yarn: Minh Lê on All Things Considered

Not on The Yarn

Travis: The title of this post doesn’t exactly fit – Minh Lê has been on the show before: But he was also recently on NPR’s All Things Considered talking about his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together. Lê shares how he drew inspiration from his own life for the book, a story of communicating across […]

Not on The Yarn: Thi Bui on NPR’s All Things Considered

Not on The Yarn

Travis: I really wanted to add a (Yet) to the title of this post – we would love to have Bui on a future episode. But at least we have this appearance on All Things Considered. In it, the Caldecott Honor winner (A Different Pond) focuses on her Eisner Award-nominated graphic memoir, The Best We […]

Laurel Snyder Knows What Happens Before and After Orphan Island


Colby: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder is one of my all-time favorite books for kids. I wish that I could have read it when I was a kid. The ending would have haunted me fore years. I had a blast interviewing Laurel about the book last fall at NCTE. Check out the episode below!   […]

Anne Ursu Talks About The Real Boy #TBR

I had so much fun interviewing Anne at her house for The Yarn.

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 […]

Coming Soon(ish) on The Yarn

Travis: Here are a few of the children’s book creators who will be appearing on the show in the coming months: Coming soon . . . — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) July 14, 2018

Collaborators: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen


Travis: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have worked together to make some of the most indelible picture books of the last decade. Colby sat down with the duo at the NCTE conference to discuss their work and how they make books together. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click […]

Katherine Applegate on Writing From a Place of Anger


COLBY: Today’s young readers continue to be captivated by Katherine Applegates stories. I am grateful that they have her books in their heart. In Today’s episode of The Yarn, Katherine talks about how the idea of this book came out of today’s political climate. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

Kat Yeh on Writing with Emotional Honesty

The Way to Bea

Travis: Colby interviewed Kat Yeh last fall at the NCTE conference. She takes us behind the scenes of her sometimes challenging writing process for her middle grade novel, The Way to Bea.  It was a great conversation. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn […]

The Yarn LIVE at ALA!

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Travis: We’re looking forward to this: The Yarn is going LIVE in New Orleans for ALA Annual. If you’ll be there, we’d love to see you.