November 24, 2017

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School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

The YarnYarn-Logo-web500px, a podcast covering the inside story of children’s books, will join School Library Journal (SLJ), the publication announced in its e-newsletter Extra Helping today.

Produced by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, The Yarn goes behind the scenes of children’s literature, taking listeners on a narrative journey behind the making of a book.

Episodes have featured notable authors and illustrators, including Patrick Ness, Rebecca Stead, Raina Telgemeier, David Levithan, and Salina Yoon in conversation with Jonker, a Michigan elementary school librarian, who blogs at “100 Scope Notes,” part of the SLJ blog network, and Sharp, a third grade teacher in Parma, MI, and cofounder of the Nerdy Book Club.

Currently available on iTunes and Soundcloud, The Yarn will have an associated blog, which will debut on SLJ next month. Posts will feature podcast episodes, show notes, and more, punctuated throughout by the irreverent charm of Jonker and Sharp.

Future podcasts will incorporate recordings made at the June 2016 American Library Association annual conference, where the pair interviewed author Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience on the exhibit hall floor.

The Yarn launched in August 2015 with an episodic treatment of the making of Sunny Side Up, a middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, à la the runaway hit podcast Serial. The Yarn goes beyond simple interviews, Jonker told SLJ. “You’ll hear clips of real-world stuff, like Colby and I getting lost in New York and our thoughts during the process of recording. We love The Mystery Show and Serial, so we wanted to add a bit of a documentary feel to the podcast,” he said.

School Library Journal is thrilled to host The Yarn,” says Kathy Ishizuka, SLJ executive editor. “With a deep appreciation of children’s literature, Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp shed new light on the art and process of creating books in this brilliant podcast, which we’re pleased to share with the greater community of readers.”

Find The Yarn on Twitter (@theyarnpodcast), Instagram (@theyarnpodcast), and Facebook.

Raina Telgemeier, Travis Jonker, and Colby Sharp  recording Season 1 of "The Yarn."

Raina Telgemeier, Travis Jonker, and Colby Sharp recording Season 1 of The Yarn.

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