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The Yarn

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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#85 Jonathan Auxier - SWEEP Unraveled

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

16mins

12 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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#36 Mo Willems - Elephant & Piggie: The Series

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

21mins

24 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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#25 Dav Pilkey - Captain Underpants: The Series

Dan Pilkey talks about his series, Captain Underpants.

22mins

1 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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

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

10mins

31 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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

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

23mins

27 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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#56 Angie Thomas - THE HATE U GIVE Unraveled

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

18mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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#88 LeUyen Pham - THE ITCHY BOOK! Unraveled

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

14mins

24 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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#72 Katherine Applegate - WISHTREE Unraveled

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

9mins

16 Jun 2018

Rank #8

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

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

10mins

7 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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#76 Kazu Kibuishi - AMULET: The Series

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

23mins

25 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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

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

23mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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

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

24mins

17 Aug 2016

Rank #12

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#87 Aisha Saeed - AMAL UNBOUND Unraveled

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

9mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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#35 Jason Reynolds - GHOST Unraveled

Author Jason Reynolds talks about his book GHOST.

18mins

11 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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

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.

34mins

24 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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#96 Meg Medina - MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS Unraveled LIVE

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.

34mins

29 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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

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

10mins

17 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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

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.

16mins

18 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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#63 Brian Selznick & Laura Amy Schlitz - The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz take us behind the scenes of the unforgettable 2008 Newbery and Caldecott awards.

26mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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#9 Fact or Fiction w/ Jennifer and Matthew Holm (S1 E9)

In this episode Jenni and Matt Holm talk about which parts of Sunny Side Up came from their actual childhood.

22mins

22 Oct 2015

Rank #20