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‘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 […]

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

Can I Touch Your Hair

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

Jack and I

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

The Hate U Give

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!

Some Writer

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

Image Credit: Amy Ignatow

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 […]

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 […]

#29 Alex Gino – GEORGE Unraveled


Colby: I sat down with Alex Gino at ALA Annual last summer to talk about George. I’m thankful that we have people like Alex Gino in the world.   Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher, sign up for our newsletter, and visit us on Instagram and Twitter.

#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 […]

#26 Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale Unraveled (Pt. 1)

Episode #26 Kate DiCamillo

Travis: In June we interviewed Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We talked to Kate about a lot of different things, so it made sense to break the episode into two parts. Today is the first part – look for part two on Wednesday. Click […]