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The Story of Amos McGee with Erin and Philip Stead

Colby and I have wanted to have Erin and Philip Stead on The Yarn podcast for a looong time. Like, before we even aired our first episode. They’re a couple of the best picture book makers working today.

So it was such a pleasure to travel to Ann Arbor a couple weeks back and interview them in their studio. We talked about all things Amos. Winning the 2011 Caldecott Medal with A Sick Day for Amos McGee. How the book changed the course of their careers. And why they decided it was time for Amos to return this fall in Amos McGee Misses the Bus.

There was so much good stuff to cover that we’re releasing the episode in two parts. Part one is available now:

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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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