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Laurel Snyder Knows What Happens Before and After Orphan Island

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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 . . . pic.twitter.com/d0SBNba2rG — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) July 14, 2018

Collaborators: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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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

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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

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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.

“How do we react to fear?” – Kate Messner Visits The Yarn

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Colby: I had the opportunity to interview Kate Messner for The Yarn in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference last fall. Talking to her about her innovative 2018 middle grade novel was enlightening. I hope you like the episode! After the podcast interview, I did a video interview with Kate. Check that out below. Subscribe […]

“The Stars Aligned” – Brendan Wenzel on The Yarn

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Travis: They All Saw a Cat is one of those rare unforgettable books. It’s become one of the most popular picture books in my K-4th grade school library. And critics are on board too (see above photo). In this episode I talk to Brendan Wenzel about how the book came to be, and what it […]

Goal for 2018: Interview Tara Westover for The Yarn

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Colby: On average I read roughly one book written for adults every three years. I read books for teachers, but other than that, I only read books written for kids. Thankfully, the cover to Tara Westover’s Educated captivated me. Every time I saw it, I was dying to know what I would find inside. A […]