August 21, 2017

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I Think Courage Is Contagious – Nora Raleigh Baskin

Colby: We are a little over a month away from the 16th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. It feels like the right time to share our interview with Nora Baskin, author of Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. Travis and Nora sat down to talk about Nine, Ten at Nerd Camp last month in Parma, Michigan.   […]

‘It took me years until I actually started-started’ – Donna Gephart Talks LILY AND DUNKIN

Colby: Talking to book creators about their books always bring me joy. Interviewing Donna Gephart about Lily and Dunkin was a ton of fun. Check out the episode below.

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Carl (a duck) Thinks You Should Check Out The Yarn

Colby: If you are not following Mike Lowery on Instagram you are really missing out. He is an absolute Instagram superstar. I interviewed Mike at the National Council For Teachers of English last fall in Atlanta. Mike drew this cool picture for us to use on Instagram. You can listen to the full episode by clicking […]

My Hope Is That Kids Will Draw More – Mike Lowery

Colby: Last fall at NCTE in Atlanta, I interviewed author/illustrator Mike Lowery for The Yarn. Mike is a great guy, and it was a lot of fun getting to know him.

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Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

Colby: Sitting down and interviewing with Margarita Engle at NCTE was truly an honor. She has given so much to the world of children’s literature. I hope you enjoy listening to her talk about her book Lion Island, her hope for her books, and why she writes. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]

Not On The Yarn: Kwame Alexander

Last week the one and only Kwame Alexander appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to talk about his book Out of Wonder. Previous Not On The Yarn Posts Amy Krouse Rosenthal Daniel Handler  

Not On The Yarn: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Rest in peace Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

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Kevin Henkes Is Worth The Wait

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Henkes last summer in Orlando at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. Kevin is a genuine article. I hope you like listening to the episode as much as I enjoyed created it.   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Narrator of the Month: Tara Sands

Colby: We are excited to feature Tara Sands in this edition of our Narrator of the Month Series. If you listened to Season 2 of The Yarn, you may remember hearing a clip of Tera reading the first chapter of Gertie’s Leap To Greatness at the end of Episode Four. You’ll find an interview I did […]

Grace Lin And Alvina Ling: The BFF Episode

Last year I got an email from Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin. She had an idea for an episode of The Yarn. I loved the idea, but it sounded tricky. Lots of moving pieces. I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try. I’m so glad I decided to roll with Grace’s idea. This episodes […]

Not On The Yarn: Daniel Handler

Colby: Last week Travis shared an episode of Longform with me that featured Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Many people consider her the greatest interviewer in the universe. I agree with those people. After listening to the episode, I went over to the Fresh Air feed to see if the show had featured any interesting guests lately. […]

‘My Dad Keeps Calling it (picture books) My Calling’ – Deborah Freeman

Colby: Earlier this week Shy was crowned by my students as our Mock Caldecott winner. It was a lot of fun to tell them about all the cool things I learned about Deborah Freedman while interviewing her for this episode. She is brilliant. I hope you like the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. […]

Not On The Yarn: Laurel Snyder

Colby: I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. It is always fun to hear children’s literature creators featured on shows that are not about children’s literature. I thought it would be fun to share these hidden kid lit gems. I didn’t know what to call this series, so I “hired” my co-host Travis […]

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds

Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

Mark Turetsky Reads Aloud For A Living

Colby: I’m excited to share a new series of blog posts: Narrator Of The Month. Each month we’ll profile an audio book narrator. This month we’re getting to know Mark Turetsky. I first heard Mark read while listening to the audio book for Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I listened to the entire […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]