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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

What Happens When You Write a Book From a Place of Anger with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Colby: I had the opportunity to talk to author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley about her book ‘Fighting Words’ a year ago at the NCTE Annual Conference in Baltimore. It was fascinating to hear her talk about trying to write a book for fourth, fifth, and six grader that deals with sexual assault. I hope you enjoy […]

‘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 […]