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Anatomy of an Author Visit with Aaron Zenz

Aaron Zenz

Travis: A successful author visit is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? When author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited my school I interviewed him about how he approaches a visit with kids. We talk about all sorts of stuff – how he built his presentation, how it’s evolved, and even how he handles the unexpected. I think my favorite […]

Not on The Yarn: Maurice Sendak

Not on The Yarn

Travis:  The great Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012, but he has a new book coming out next fall. Consider me skeptical. Well, I was – until I heard this All Things Considered interview with the author of the book (and Sendak pal/collaborator) Arthur Yorinks, who describes it as a development Sendak would have been delighted […]

‘It took me years until I actually started-started’ – Donna Gephart Talks LILY AND DUNKIN

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Colby: Talking to book creators about their books always bring me joy. Interviewing Donna Gephart about Lily and Dunkin was a ton of fun. Check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Carl (a duck) Thinks You Should Check Out The Yarn

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Colby: If you are not following Mike Lowery on Instagram you are really missing out. He is an absolute Instagram superstar. I interviewed Mike at the National Council For Teachers of English last fall in Atlanta. Mike drew this cool picture for us to use on Instagram. You can listen to the full episode by clicking […]

‘It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle’ – Melissa Sweet Goes Behind the Scenes of SOME WRITER!

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Travis: What are the challenges of writing an illustrated biography? I talked to Melissa Sweet about her book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

My Hope Is That Kids Will Draw More – Mike Lowery

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Colby: Last fall at NCTE in Atlanta, I interviewed author/illustrator Mike Lowery for The Yarn. Mike is a great guy, and it was a lot of fun getting to know him. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Who Will Be Our Guests for The Yarn LIVE at ALA Annual in Chicago?

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Travis: Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago later this month? We are recording two LIVE episodes at the Chapter 1 Stage (located in the exhibits hall). And I think you’re going to like the guests. First up, on Friday, June 23 from 5:45-6:35 pm . . . And second (but […]

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

Not on The Yarn

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Throwback Thursday: Playing Fact or Fiction with Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Early draft of SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Travis: We had it all laid out. The first Season 1 of The Yarn was supposed to be eight episodes. I made four. Colby made four. We were all set. But as we were listening to the tape of Jennifer and Matthew Holm interviewing each other (for episode eight) an additional episode emerged – one […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

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Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]