April 23, 2017

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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  

“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

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 […]

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

The Yarn is Not Here

All Yarn operations have moved over to the snazzy new Yarn blog. Today is the first post – our interview with Dav Pilkey in a party bus. Click here to head there.

More Yarn! Lynda Mullaly Hunt – ONE FOR THE MURPHYS Unraveled

In the latest episode of The Yarn Lynda Mullaly Hunt talks about her book One for the Murphys. Click the buttons below to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other podcasts to check out, and bonus The Yarn […]

School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

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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.

A Yarn-nouncement! The Yarn Joins SLJ

Soon, The Yarn will be joining School Library Journal in a more official way. Most noticeably, there will be a dedicated blog for The Yarn on the SLJ site. We’ll post episodes of The Yarn and other audio-related stuff there. Colby Sharp and I are honored to be part of the School Library Journal team.

More Yarn! Liesl Shurtliff – RED Unraveled

In the latest episode of The Yarn Liesl Shurtliff talks about her book Red. Click the buttons below to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other podcasts to check out, and bonus The Yarn stuff. Click here […]

Being Handed the Baton: Patrick Ness Explores A MONSTER CALLS on The Yarn

In the latest episode of The Yarn, Patrick Ness goes behind the scenes of A Monster Calls, a story inspired by another author – the late Siobhan Dowd. You can subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other […]

The Yarn: Writing from Memory with Kelly Barnhill

My god, I was a weird kid. – Kelly Barnhill In the latest episode of The Yarn, Kelly Barnhill talks about her book The Witch’s Boy. Her process (she writes longhand, puts that notebook in another room, and writes from memory) is unlike anything I’ve heard before (that begins at the 3:25 mark). We’re giving […]

More Yarn! Maris Wicks on Human Body Theater

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Maris Wicks talking about Human Body Theater. We’re giving away a signed copy of the book. Maris Wicks even drew a cell in there. Click here to […]

More Yarn! Chris Grabenstein: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics Unraveled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Chris Grabenstein talking about Mr Lemincello’s Library Olympics. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his friend […]

Completing the Hervé Tullet Interview Trilogy

Swim, books, swim! I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via drawing: I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via writing: And, as of today, I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via audio. In the latest episode of The Yarn, Tullet talks about his groundbreaking work, Press Here, as well as follow-ups Mix it Up and Let’s Play. We also debut our brand-new […]

All the Way LIVE: The Yarn with Kate DiCamillo @ ALA Annual

The Yarn is as un-live as it gets. We edit, we add, we move stuff around (then move it back) – the show is the opposite of spontaneous. But maybe we don’t know what we’re missing? Colby Sharp and I are pleased to announce that we’re going to find out. At the American Library Association […]

More Yarn! Lindsay Eagar: Hour of the Bees Unravelled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with debut author Lindsay Eagar talking about Hour of the Bees. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his […]

More Yarn! Salina Yoon: Be a Friend Unravelled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author/illustrator Salina Yoon talking about Be a Friend. Giveaway time! We are giving away a signed copy of Be a Friend. Click here to enter. If you’re not sure […]

More Yarn! Rebecca Stead: Goodbye Stranger Unravelled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Rebecca Stead talking about Goodbye Stranger. Giveaway time! We are giving away a signed copy of Goodbye Stranger. Click here to enter. If you’re not sure how to download […]

More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Part 2)

Last week I shared the first part of our interview with Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. This week we have the conclusion. Hear Gary talk about: his interpretation of the Orbiting Jupiter cover. his love of the typewriter. why Anita Silvey yelled at him. his admiration for the writing bravery of Kate DiCamillo. Giveaway […]