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Announcement Time! Which Book Will We Follow for Season 2 of The Yarn?

Travis: When Colby and I began The Yarn, we wanted a show that was a mix of Netflix (release a bunch of episodes at once, or close), Serial (have a bunch of episodes focused on one topic), and Beyoncé (release them unannounced). Season 1 was all of these things.

Since then, the show has evolved a bit. We’ve moved to a twice monthly three-pronged Yarn attack. Here’s how we see episodes breaking down at this point:

  • The Unraveller. These are stand-alone episodes where we talk to a book creator and focus on just one of their books – our Kate DiCamillo episode is a recent example.
  • The Series. Another stand-alone series where we talk to a creator about a series – our Dav Pilkey: Captain Underpants episode is our first foray into this.
  • Seasons. This is when we will focus on one book over the course of multiple episodes.

For Season 1 of The Yarn we went with a book by an established author/illustrator team: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.

Sunny Side Up

For Season 2 we wanted to go in the opposite direction and follow a debut author about to put her first book into the world.

We are pleased to announ–

Colby: Travis! Come on! Let’s do this right.

Travis: You’re right. Here we go:



Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (out October 4, 2016)

Over the past few months we’ve been gathering tape (fancy podcast talk for recording interviews) from a bunch of the folks involved in bringing the book to life, and are excited to share.


Season 2 will begin Sunday, October 2nd.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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