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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 […]

Watercress Part 1: Colby talks to Author Andrea Wang

COLBY: Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin took my breath away. The only thing I could do after I finished reading it, was read it again. And again. And again. At the end of the year, I expect to see this book on just about every end of the year ‘best books’ list. It’s […]

The Challenges of Book #2: Travis Jonker on BLUE FLOATS AWAY

Travis talks about the path to publishing his second book, BLUE FLOATS AWAY, illustrated by Grant Snider.

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE: Rajani LaRocca Visits The Yarn

Rajani LaRocca takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel-in-verse, RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE.

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.