June 28, 2017

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‘It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle’ – Melissa Sweet Goes Behind the Scenes of SOME WRITER!

Travis: What are the challenges of writing an illustrated biography? I talked to Melissa Sweet about her book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing Fact or Fiction with Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Travis: We had it all laid out. The first Season 1 of The Yarn was supposed to be eight episodes. I made four. Colby made four. We were all set. But as we were listening to the tape of Jennifer and Matthew Holm interviewing each other (for episode eight) an additional episode emerged – one […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]

‘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 […]

Only In Dreams: Jon Klassen (Part III)

Travis: This is the third and final installment of our podcast trilogy with Jon Klassen. Click here for Part I Click here for Part II When I first read We Found a Hat, I was struck by how it managed to feel different from the first two books in Klassen’s hat-themed trilogy, yet still clearly […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

#33 Gertie’s Leap to Greatness Unravelled (S2 E4)

Colby: I’m excited to share our last episode of Season 2. I have really enjoyed following debut author Kate Beasley’s road to publication. It is pretty wild to think that we first starting working on this season over a year ago. In today’s episode Kate talks about Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. I loved listening to […]

#29 Alex Gino – GEORGE Unravelled

Colby: I sat down with Alex Gino at ALA Annual last summer to talk about George. It was an emotionally exhausting conversation. I’m thankful that we have people like Alex Gino in the world.   Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher, sign up for our newsletter, and visit us on […]

School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

The Yarn, a popular podcast with the inside story on children’s books, will join SLJ, the magazine announced in the e-newsletter Extra Helping today.

Podcast Party: A Curated List of Nine Teen-Friendly Podcasts

In celebration of The Yarn podcast, created by SLJ blogger Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, teen librarian Robin Brenner has curated a roundup of podcasts to recommend to young adults who are both new to and well-versed in the format.

Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp Launch Book-themed Podcast, à la Serial: The Yarn

A unique, episodic podcast about the making of a single book, the upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Sunny Side Up, launches today. Created by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, “The Yarn” examines the highly anticipated book from multiple perspectives in Season 1 of a new podcast series