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The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children's literature. Each episode features an author or illustrator talking about how they create books for young readers.

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The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children's literature. Each episode features an author or illustrator talking about how they create books for young readers.

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77 Ratings
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One of my favorite podcasts

By Bossofthebulls - Aug 03 2018
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Colby and Travis are the best at what they do.

A must listen to for KidLit readers

By Carter Arbuckle - Nov 16 2017
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As a teacher-librarian The Yarn deepens my love for kidlit. I feel like I learn so much more about the books themselves, their authors and illustrators. Listen to this podcast - @StacyFord77

iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
7
1
0
0

One of my favorite podcasts

By Bossofthebulls - Aug 03 2018
Read more
Colby and Travis are the best at what they do.

A must listen to for KidLit readers

By Carter Arbuckle - Nov 16 2017
Read more
As a teacher-librarian The Yarn deepens my love for kidlit. I feel like I learn so much more about the books themselves, their authors and illustrators. Listen to this podcast - @StacyFord77
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The Yarn

Latest release on Jul 29, 2020

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The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children's literature. Each episode features an author or illustrator talking about how they create books for young readers.

Rank #1: #85 Jonathan Auxier - SWEEP Unraveled

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Author Jonathan Auxier takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel, SWEEP.

Jan 12 2019

16mins

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Rank #2: #36 Mo Willems - Elephant & Piggie: The Series

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Author/illustrator Mo Willems talks about his Elephant & Piggie series of books.

Dec 24 2016

21mins

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Rank #3: #25 Dav Pilkey - Captain Underpants: The Series

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Dan Pilkey talks about his series, Captain Underpants.

Aug 01 2016

22mins

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Rank #4: #13 Gary D. Schmidt - Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Pt. 1)

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Author Gary D. Schmidt talks about his book Orbiting Jupiter. This is part one of a two-part Unraveller episode.

Jan 31 2016

10mins

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Rank #5: #97 Adam Gidwitz How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being A Bad Teacher to a Great Author

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Author Adam Gidwitz shares his journey to becoming a published author.

Jul 27 2019

23mins

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Rank #6: #56 Angie Thomas - THE HATE U GIVE Unraveled

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Author Angie Thomas goes behind the scenes of her bestselling young adult novel, THE HATE U GIVE.

Oct 22 2017

18mins

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Rank #7: #88 LeUyen Pham - THE ITCHY BOOK! Unraveled

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Author/illustrator LeUyen Pham takes us behind the scenes of her early reader, THE ITCHY BOOK.

Feb 24 2019

14mins

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Rank #8: #72 Katherine Applegate - WISHTREE Unraveled

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Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel WISHTREE.

Jun 16 2018

9mins

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Rank #9: #14 Gary D. Schmidt - Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Pt. 2)

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Author Gary D. Schmidt talks about his book Orbiting Jupiter. This is part two of a two-part Unraveller episode.

Feb 07 2016

10mins

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Rank #10: #76 Kazu Kibuishi - AMULET: The Series

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In this live episode, Colby interviews Kazu Kibuishi about his graphic novel series, AMULET.

Aug 25 2018

23mins

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Rank #11: #95 Todd Parr - THE DON'T WORRY BOOK Unraveled

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Author/illustrator Todd Parr takes us behind the scenes of his latest, THE DON'T WORRY BOOK.

Jun 14 2019

23mins

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Rank #12: #27 Kate DiCamillo - Raymie Nightingale Unraveled (Pt. 2)

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Colby and Travis interviewed Kate DiCamillo live in front of a group of librarians at the American Library Association's Annual Conference.

Aug 17 2016

24mins

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Rank #13: #109 Kate DiCamillo - WINN-DIXIE Turns 20

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Colby calls author Kate DiCamillo to talk about the 20 year legacy of her book, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE.

Jan 22 2020

10mins

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Rank #14: #87 Aisha Saeed - AMAL UNBOUND Unraveled

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Author Aisha Saeed takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel, AMAL UNBOUND.

Feb 13 2019

9mins

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Rank #15: #105 Alicia D. Williams - Path to Publication, Part IV: An Agent, An Auction, A Book Deal

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In 2015, we sent soon-to-be debut author Alicia D. Williams an audio recorder. We were hoping she would be willing to document her experience of publishing her first book, GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN. Over the course of a few episodes, Alicia will share her story.

In this episode, Alicia talks about her struggle to find her true creative calling, and her struggles to overcome inadequacy and publish her debut novel.

Nov 24 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: #35 Jason Reynolds - GHOST Unraveled

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Author Jason Reynolds talks about his book GHOST.

Dec 11 2016

18mins

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Rank #17: #96 Meg Medina - MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS Unraveled LIVE

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Author Meg Medina takes us behind the scenes of her Newbery Medal winning book, MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS. This special extended episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Wachington D.C.

Jun 29 2019

34mins

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Rank #18: #19 Chris Grabenstein - Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Unraveled

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Author Chris Grabenstein talks about his book MR. LIMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS.

Apr 17 2016

10mins

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Rank #19: #107 Colby & Travis - 2019 Year in Review

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Colby and Travis discuss the year that was in children's literature.

Dec 24 2019

55mins

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Rank #20: #42 Jon Klassen (Pt. I) I WANT MY HAT BACK

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Author/illustrator Jon Klassen talks about his Geisel award winning picture book I WANT MY HAT BACK. This is part one of a three-part series with Jon Klassen.

Mar 18 2017

16mins

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#121 Jeff Kinney - DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (and More)

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In this episode, author/illustrator/cartoonist Jeff Kinney takes us behind the scenes of his bestselling series, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and new Rowley Jefferson spinoff books. Jeff talks about his unorthodox creative process, his latest (social distanced) book tour, his favorite grade-school teacher, and shares some hopeful words to educators about the upcoming school year.

This episode is sponsored by A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, written by Jennifer Serravallo and published by Heinemann.

Jul 29 2020

20mins

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#120 What is Bookshop?

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In this episode, Colby talks with Sarah High, partnerships manager for Bookshop, a startup that's taking on Amazon and supporting independent bookstores.

This episode is sponsored by A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, written by Jennifer Serravallo and published by Heinemann.

Jul 21 2020

12mins

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#119 Gordon C. James & Derrick Barnes - I AM EVERY GOOD THING Unraveled

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In this special extended episode, author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their picture books CROWN and the upcoming I AM EVERY GOOD THING.

This episode is sponsored by penguinclassroom.com.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann, and their professional book The Artful Read Aloud by Rebecca Bellingham.

Jun 21 2020

28mins

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#118 James Preller & Mary GrandPré - ALL WELCOME HERE Unraveled

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Author James Preller and illustrator Mary GrandPré take us behind the scenes of their haiku school story picture book, ALL WELCOME HERE.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann, and their professional book The Artful Read Aloud by Rebecca Bellingham.

Additional music in this episode is by Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone

Jun 15 2020

13mins

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#117 Jason Reynolds (Re-Release)

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In this episode (originally released in December 2016), author Jason Reynolds takes us behind the scenes of his novel, GHOST.

Jun 02 2020

19mins

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#116 An Indie Bookstore During a Pandemic w/ Joanna Parzakonis

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In this episode, Colby talks with Joanna Parzakonis about her path to opening an independent bookstore in Kalamazoo, MI (This Is a Bookstore & Bookbug), and how the pandemic is affecting business.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann, and their professional book READ THE WORLD  by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris. Use the code MAYEDU during the month of May to receive 40% off the list price and free shipping within the U.S.

May 23 2020

31mins

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#115 Mitali Perkins - BETWEEN US AND ABUELA Unraveled

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Author Mitali Perkins takes us behind the scenes of her picture book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA: A FAMILY STORY FROM THE BORDER, illustrated by Sara Palacios.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO READING CONFERENCES by Jennifer Serravallo.

Apr 30 2020

13mins

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#114 Donalyn Miller & Colby - Book Access

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In this episode, host Colby Sharp talks with Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer) about a topic close to both of their hearts - book access for kids.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO READING CONFERENCES by Jennifer Serravallo

Apr 06 2020

29mins

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#113 Eoin Colfer - ARTEMIS FOWL

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Author Eoin Colfer takes us behind the scenes of his wildly popular ARTMIS FOWL series.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book READ THE WORLD.

Mar 31 2020

11mins

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#112 Sandra Neil Wallace - BETWEEN THE LINES Unraveled

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Author (and former ESPN anchor) Sandra Neil Wallace takes us behind the scenes of her Orbis Pictus award-winning nonfiction picture book, BETWEEN THE LINES: HOW ERNIE BARNES WENT FROM THE FOOTBALL FIELD TO THE ART GALLERY, illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Mar 26 2020

10mins

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#111 Shannon & Dean Hale - THE PRINCESS IN BLACK

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Co-authors Shannon and Dean Hale take us behind the scenes of their beloved series THE PRINCESS IN BLACK, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book READING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Feb 22 2020

21mins

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#110 A.S. King - DIG Unraveled

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Author A.S. King takes us behind the scenes of her YA novel, DIG, which recently won the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book READING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Feb 09 2020

22mins

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#109 Kate DiCamillo - WINN-DIXIE Turns 20

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Colby calls author Kate DiCamillo to talk about the 20 year legacy of her book, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE.

Jan 22 2020

10mins

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#108 Colby & Travis - 2020 Preview

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Colby and Travis discuss the year ahead in children's literature.

Jan 05 2020

31mins

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#107 Colby & Travis - 2019 Year in Review

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Colby and Travis discuss the year that was in children's literature.

Dec 24 2019

55mins

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#106 Andrew Clements (Re-Release)

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Author Andrew Clements talks about his path from teacher to writer, and takes us behind the scenes of his books THE LOSERS CLUB and FRINDLE.

Dec 03 2019

16mins

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#105 Alicia D. Williams - Path to Publication, Part IV: An Agent, An Auction, A Book Deal

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In 2015, we sent soon-to-be debut author Alicia D. Williams an audio recorder. We were hoping she would be willing to document her experience of publishing her first book, GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN. Over the course of a few episodes, Alicia will share her story.

In this episode, Alicia talks about her struggle to find her true creative calling, and her struggles to overcome inadequacy and publish her debut novel.

Nov 24 2019

34mins

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#104 Dave Eggers - ABNER & IAN GET RIGHT-SIDE UP Unraveled

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Author Dave Eggers talks about writing for kids and takes us behind the scenes of his picture book ABNER & IAN GET RIGHT-SIDE UP.

Nov 10 2019

11mins

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#103 Alicia D. Williams - Path to Publication, Part III: What's Your Process?

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In 2015, we sent soon-to-be debut author Alicia D. Williams an audio recorder. We were hoping she would be willing to document her experience of publishing her first book, GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN. Over the course of a few episodes, Alicia will share her story.

In this episode, Alicia talks about her struggle to find a writing process that works.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book THE ARTFUL READ-ALOUD.

Oct 26 2019

9mins

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#102 Bob Shea - UNICORN Books Unraveled

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Author/illustrator Bob Shea takes us behind the scenes of his books UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT and UNICORN IS MAYBE NOT SO GREAT AFTER ALL. Bob also shares the greatest author visit story of all time. 

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book THE ARTFUL READ-ALOUD.

Oct 06 2019

13mins

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iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
7
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One of my favorite podcasts

By Bossofthebulls - Aug 03 2018
Read more
Colby and Travis are the best at what they do.

A must listen to for KidLit readers

By Carter Arbuckle - Nov 16 2017
Read more
As a teacher-librarian The Yarn deepens my love for kidlit. I feel like I learn so much more about the books themselves, their authors and illustrators. Listen to this podcast - @StacyFord77