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Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals


Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!


As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]

#28 Lauren Castillo – NANA IN THE CITY Unraveled


Travis: In the latest episode, Lauren Castillo talks about her book Nana in the City. We recorded this interview at Western High School in Parma, Michigan (the site of Nerd Camp) back in July. Here was the scene: This was the first high school classroom I’d seen with a record player: (and a fine collection […]