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The Story of Amos McGee with Erin and Philip Stead

The Caldecott Medal-winning duo are on the latest episode.

Sara Pennypacker visits to talk about the return of Pax

COLBY: When I learned that Sara Pennypacker was revisiting the world of Pax and Peter in the book Pax, Journey Home I knew that I had to talk to her for The Yarn. Pax blew me away, and the thought of being able to find out what happened next made my heart so happy. In […]

Pernille Ripp and The Global Read Aloud

COLBY: I am a big of reading aloud and of Pernille Ripp. When you put two awesome things together, you get something magical. In this episode of The Yarn, Pernille talks about starting the global read aloud, why she decided to continue it in 2021, and this year’s selections. Be sure to check out the […]

Karyn Parsons Drops by to Talk About How High The Moon

COLBY: Back in 2019, at the NCTE Annual Conference in Baltimore, I sat down with Karyn Parsons to talk about her middle grade novel ‘How High the Moon’. I was very proud of myself for not asking Karyn anything about her time working on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She did manage to bring it […]

Jon Klassen Returns! THE ROCK FROM THE SKY Unraveled

A special extended episode with author/illustrator Jon Klassen.

How David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka Created the Geisel Award-Winning SEE THE CAT

An interview with the Geisel-winning duo behind SEE THE CAT.

Episode 142: Kate Messner’s Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor

Colby: When I saw that Kate Messner’s picture book on Dr. Fauci was coming out late June, I couldn’t stop thinking about how in the world Simon & Schuster, Kate, and illustrator Alexandra Bye managed to get this book done so quickly. Kate answers that question and a whole lot more in the latest episode […]

Reading a #BookADay: A conversation with Donalyn Miller

Colby: During the summer of 2011, I joined Donalyn Miller’s #bookaday challenge. It was one of the best things that I have ever done professionally. I read a lot of amazing books and met a lot of brilliant people year, so I continue to join the challenge each and every summer. In the latest episode […]

The Magic of Collaboration: Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith on I TALK LIKE A RIVER

Travis: I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith, is picturebook making at its finest. In this episode I talk with Scott and Smith about how the book came to be. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Watercress Part 2: Travis Talks with Illustrator Jason Chin

Travis: Watercress is such an excellent picture book, Colby and I decided to go for a two-parter. In the last episode, he talked with author Andrea Wang. Today is my chat with illustrator Jason Chin. In this episode, Jason talks about his decision to illustrate Andrea’s story, and his journey to bring the book to […]