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Jonathan Auxier Talks Sweep! #BroomsUp

Colby: I am so excited to share my conversation with Jonathan Auxier with you. Sweep is one of my favorite 2018 books, and talking to Jonathan about it was magical. If you haven’t read it, be sure to get yourself a copy. It is unforgettable.   Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 5: Kazu Kibuishi

  Colby: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the graphic novel series Amulet. If you work with kids, you probably know that Amulet is one of the most popular graphic novel series of all-time. For this episode, I interviewed Kazu in front of a live audience in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 6: Laurel Snyder

Colby: I love Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island. It was one of my favorite 2017 middle grade novels. Talking to Laurel about the book was so exciting. The book leaves so much to the imagination. If you missed this episode, be sure to check it out! You won’t regret it.

Our First-Ever Year in Review Episode

Travis: A couple nights ago, Colby and I did something we’ve never done before: with recorders running, we talked about the year in children’s books. I wasn’t sure how it would go – we usually put out short episodes that are edited and produced. Typically, aside from the intros and outros, you almost never hear […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 7: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  Colby: If you haven’t read Jarrett’s Hey, Kiddo you are really missing out. It is one of the most beautiful and important books of 2018. Jarrett sent us some tape more than a year ago that we ran in the fall. It was cool getting a chance to hear him talk while he was […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 8: Cynthia Leitich Smith

  Colby: Hearts Unbroken was one of my favorite 2018 young adult novels. We don’t do many episodes features YA authors, but we jumped at the opportunity to interview Cynthia. It was our 8th most played episode of the year.

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 9: Andrew Clements

  Colby: I wonder what percentage of elementary schools in the United States have a copy of Frindle in their school library. I bet it is pretty high. Having the opportunity to sit down and chat with Andrew Clements for The Yarn was a dream come true. Coming in at Number 9 this year is […]

Top Ten Episodes of 2018: Number 10: Kate Messner

  Colby: I interviewed Kate Messner about her book Breakout in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference. I loved learning about her process. Check out the episode below, and be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.

Fantasmagorical: Abby Hanlon Visits The Yarn

  Travis: Since the show began, one of the people I’ve most wanted to have on The Yarn is Dory Fantasmagory creator Abby Hanlon. It’s my favorite chapter book series right now, and to hear Hanlon talk about how it came to be was such fun. We hope you enjoy the episode.

Not on The Yarn: Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller

Colby: A couple of weeks ago the book I wrote with Donalyn Miller, Game Changer! Book Access For All Kids, was released. Donalyn and I appeared together on the Scholastic Reads podcast. Our book is about finding ways to make sure that all kids have access to books. If that is something you are interested […]