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#TBT: Matt Tavares Talks About GROWING UP PEDRO

Travis: It’s time to throw back to a beloved episode from the past . . . Author/illustrator Matt Tavares makes some of the best nonfiction picture books around, and the story of how he created GROWING UP PEDRO is pretty great. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being a Terrible Teacher to an Amazing Author

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Adam Gidwitz for The Yarn on a car ride to an airport. He’s a great dude, and I think a lot of people are going to find his journey to publication fascinating.

Not on The Yarn: The Cult of Pedagogy

Colby: This past week I got an email from Mrs. Woolworth about the latest episode of The Cult of Pedagogy. Mrs. Woolworth is an amazing teacher in my district, that is always trying to get better. I subscribe to The Cult of Pedagogy podcast, but I hadn’t listened to the latest episode. Mrs. Woolworth’s endorsement […]

#TBT: Tracey Baptiste Talks About The Jumbies

Colby: Crazy that The Yarn is inching closer to 100 episodes. I thought it might be fun to start throwing it back on Thursdays to some of our previous episodes. It has been an honor sharing these episodes with you. Thanks for tuning in! The third book in Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies series, The Jumbies […]

‘Write, and find out who you are’ – A Conversation with Meg Medina

Travis: It’s a pleasure to share this conversation with Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina taking us behind the scenes of Merci Suárez Changes Gears. It was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every […]

‘Everything we do shapes us’ Todd Parr shares his journey to publication

Colby: I had a blast hanging out and getting to know Todd Parr for this episode of The Yarn. I was so happy that he turned out to be as amazing of a person as I built him up to be. The world is lucky to have him. I hope you like this episode of […]

‘I had to sit down, before I fell down’ Jason Chin on his award-winning book, GRAND CANYON

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Jason Chin during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about his Caldecott and Sibert Honor-winning book, Grand Canyon. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Ashley Herring Blake Discusses The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James.

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Ashley Herring Blake at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. It is always interesting when I meet someone through an interview for The Yarn. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed getting to know Ashley.

“They see each other for the first time” Minh Lê on DRAWN TOGETHER

Travis: It was a pleasure to sit down with Minh Lê and talk about how his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together, came to be. In this episode Minh talks about how the story was born in a 3:00 am brainstorming session with a fussy baby, and how the language barrier between the main characters […]

The One Where Jess Keating Tells a Joke

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Jess Keating for this episode of The Yarn. Her World of Weird Animal series is fantastic. I hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed producing it. Subscribe below to catch every episode.