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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.

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

Redefining the American Child with Grace Lin

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

‘Kids are smart!’ – Abby Wambach

Colby: When Travis and I started this podcast, I had no idea that I’d get a chance to interview one of the greatest athletes to ever live. Wow! Chatting with Abby Wambach about the young readers edition of her book Wolfpack was so much fun. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation! Be sure […]

Keeping it 100 with Oge Mora

Today we have the conclusion of our two-part episode with Oge Mora.

‘I have an enviable amount of paper’ – Oge Mora Takes Us Behind the Scenes of THANK YOU, OMU!

Travis: It was a joy to talk with Oge Mora about her book Thank You, Omu! In this episode (part one of two) She talks about how the book started as a project for school, how she makes her art, and what it was like to win a Caldecott Honor with her first book. We […]

I AM EVERY GOOD THING – Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Visit The Yarn

Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.