The Yarn

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.

Episodes

July 16, 2024 34 mins

Part one of a special LIVE episode featuring the 2024 Newbery Honor winners: Erin Bow, M.T. Anderson, Daniel Nayeri, Pedro Martín, and Nasuġraq Rainy Hopson.

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In this episode, author Dan Gutman looks back on 20 years of his popular MY WEIRD SCHOOL series.

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In this episode, author Abby Cooper takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel TRUE COLORS.

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Rapid-fire Q&A with Peter Brown, Dashka Slater, Chris Baron, and Jarrett Lerner.

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In this episode, author/illustrator Supriya Kelkar takes us behind the scenes of her nonfiction picture book, AND YET YOU SHINE: THE KOHINOOR DIAMOND, COLONIZATION, AND RESISTANCE.

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In this episode, author Kate Messner takes us behind the scenes of the ambitious new chapter book series she is co-writing with multiple authors, THE KIDS IN MRS. Z'S CLASS. 

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In this episode (recorded LIVE at BookBug in Kalamazoo, Michigan), author and children's literature advocate John Schu takes us behind the scenes of his New York Times bestselling book LOUDER THAN HUNGER. 

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In this episode, author Amy Noelle Parks takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel, AVERIL OFFLINE.

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In this episode, engineer, television host, science content creator, and author Emily Calandrelli takes us behind the scenes of her new nonfiction book, Stay Curious and Keep Exploring: Next Level : 50 Bigger, Bolder Science Experiments to Do with the Whole Family 

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In this episode, comedian, actor, and author Jesús Trejo takes us behind the scenes of his debut picture book, PAPÁ'S MAGICAL WATER-JUG CLOCK.

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In this episode, award-winning author Ruth Behar takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade historical fiction book, ACROSS SO MANY SEAS.

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In this episode, author/illustrator Abby Hanlon takes us behind the scenes of her chapter book DORY FANTASMAGORY: CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU.

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January 13, 2024 37 mins

In this episode, Colby and Travis look ahead to the new year in children's books.

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In this special extended episode, Colby and Travis discuss the year that was in children's literature.

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In this episode, author Christina Wyman takes us behind the scenes of her debut middle grade novel, JAWBREAKER.

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November 28, 2023 23 mins

In this episode, Pedro Martín takes us behind the scenes of his graphic novel, MEXIKID

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In this episode, creators Jessixa and Aaron Bagley take us behind the scenes of their debut graphic novel, DUEL.

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October 29, 2023 27 mins

In this episode, author Dashka Slater takes us behind the scenes of her book, ACCOUNTABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF A RACIST SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT AND THE TEENAGERS WHOSE LIVES IT CHANGED.

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In this episode, Travis takes us behind the scenes of his author/illustrator debut, JUST ONE FLAKE.

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In this episode, author/illustrator Peter Brown takes us behind the scenes of his bestselling WILD ROBOT series, including the latest book, THE WILD ROBOT PROTECTS.

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