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Newbery Medalist Tae Keller visits The Yarn

COLBY: I had a blast interviewing Tae Keller for The Yarn. We talked about her book ‘When You Trap a Tiger’, her new podcast, and what it was like learning that she won the Newbery Medal over Zoom. I hope you like the episode! Here’s my video review of the book! Subscribe below to catch […]

Talking to Gary Paulsen

Colby: The first book I ever fell in love with was Gary Paulsen’s ‘Hatchet’. I was a fourth grader in Mrs. Collins’s class. She read it aloud to us. I’ll never forget what it felt like to fall in love with a book for the first time. I owe so much to Mrs. Collins and […]

Newbery Honor Winner (X2) Christina Soontornvat Visits The Yarn

Colby: We were planning on running this episode of The Yarn, featuring Christina Soontornvat in February, but we moved it up after she won two Newbery Honors yesterday. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Christina about her book ‘All Thirteen’. Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Our 2021 Preview!

An in-depth look at the upcoming year in children’s books.

Our Third Annual Year-in-Review Episode!

We look back at children’s literature in 2020.

From Picture Books to a Graphic Novel: Mike Curato Visits The Yarn

It was a pleasure sitting down over Zoom with Mike Curato to talk about his debut YA graphic novel, Flamer. It’s a book readers won’t soon forget.

Christopher Paul Curtis stops by to Celebrate The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963 Turning 25

Colby: Chatting with Christopher Paul Curtis for The Yarn was a lot of fun. It isn’t every month that I get to use the word Michigander in an episode of the podcast. Please join me in celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963’. We hope you enjoy the episode! Subscribe below […]

HELLO, NEIGHBOR: Matthew Cordell Visits The Yarn

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell about his Mr. Rogers bio Hello, Neighbor. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

What Happens When You Write a Book From a Place of Anger with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Colby: I had the opportunity to talk to author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley about her book ‘Fighting Words’ a year ago at the NCTE Annual Conference in Baltimore. It was fascinating to hear her talk about trying to write a book for fourth, fifth, and six grader that deals with sexual assault. I hope you enjoy […]

Redefining the American Child with Grace Lin

We spoke with Grace Lin about her Caldecott Honor winning book, A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR.