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‘It’s way too much fun’: Dave Eggers Visits The Yarn

Travis: Back in June I sat down with award-winning author Dave Eggers. We talked about the differences between writing for kids and writing for adults, and the inspiration behind his picture book Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, illustrated by Laura Park. It’s an honor to follow in the interviewing footsteps of Conan O’Brien: We […]

PRESS HERE: Hervé Tullet Visits The Yarn

Travis: Looking back, our Hervé Tullet episode has become one of my favorites. I sat down with Tullet in a GIANT empty conference room in Boston during ALA Midwinter in 2016 to talk about his groundbreaking Press Here. Tullet talks about books in a pretty unique way, and I enjoyed every moment of our conversation. […]

‘I get to be the one to tell this story?’ Molly Idle on PEARL and getting ‘The Call’

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Molly Idle during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about her most recent picture book, Pearl, and about her Caldecott Honor win for Flora and the Flamingo. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

How THE ITCHY BOOK! Was Made with LeUyen Pham

Travis: LeUyen Pham has illustrated early reader books before, but The Itchy Book! is the first one that she has also written. I sat down last summer at ALA Annual in New Orleans to talk with Pham about the process. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Illustrating the Creation of the Universe with Ekua Holmes

How did Holmes go about illustrating the creation of the universe for THE STUFF OF STARS? It began with marbleized paper.

‘This Book Changed My Life’ Derrick Barnes Visits The Yarn

Travis: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut was one of my favorite picture books of 2017. I wasn’t alone. In this episode, I talked with author Derrick Barnes about how one of the most beloved picture books in recent memory came to be. We hope you enjoy the show. Subscribe below to catch every […]

‘Every book is a conversation’ Kate DiCamillo on LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME

Travis: Louisiana’s Way Home is Kate DiCamillo’s first middle grade sequel (or more accurately in this case, companion novel). It also marks a return to first-person writing – something she hasn’t done since Because of Winn Dixie. It was a pleasure to talk with her about how these two things came to be. We hope […]

“The Stars Aligned” – Brendan Wenzel on The Yarn

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 […]

Make Something Weird: Greg Pizzoli Visits The Yarn

Travis: I interviewed Greg Pizzoli about his book Good Night Owl at the 2017 SCBWI conference. He talked about the evolution of the book and what it was like to find out it had won a Geisel honor. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

‘I just want to delight kids’ – Candace Fleming Visits The Yarn

Travis: During the 2017 NCTE conference Colby talked with Candace Fleming about Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom, the first book in her new middle grade series. It turns out Colby actually played a part in how the series came to be. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]