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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Make Something Weird: Greg Pizzoli Visits The Yarn

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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

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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 […]

‘We Knew We Had to Lay it All Out There’ – Irene Latham & Charles Waters Discuss CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?

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Travis: In early February Irene Latham and Charles Waters visited Michigan for a week of school visits. This was the perfect opportunity to interview them for the show. In this episode, Irene and Charles talk about how they collaborated to create their book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship (illustrated […]

‘The Book Started Probably When I Was in Elementary School’ Jack Gantos Visits The Yarn

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Travis: I sat down with Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos last July at Nerdcamp. His passion for turning kids on to writing is on full display in his latest book, Writing Radar. In this episode, Jack talks about his first experiences as a writing teacher, and as a new author visiting schools for the first time. […]

Angie Thomas Goes Behind the Scenes of THE HATE U GIVE

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Travis: It was such a pleasure to talk with Angie Thomas about her bestselling YA novel The Hate U Give, one of the true must-reads of 2017. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

‘It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle’ – Melissa Sweet Goes Behind the Scenes of SOME WRITER!

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Travis: What are the challenges of writing an illustrated biography? I talked to Melissa Sweet about her book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

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Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]