The Yar‪n‬

Hosted ByTravis Jonker & Colby Sharp

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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#135 Tae Keller – WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER Unraveled

In this episode Tae Keller takes us behind the scenes of her Newbery Medal winning book, WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER. This episode is sponsored by BREATHING NEW LIFE...

#134 Gary Paulsen

In this episode, author Gary Paulsen talks about his life and career, the impact of HATCHET, and his latest book, GONE TO THE WOODS. (FYI: This episode contains two...

#133 Christina Soontornvat – ALL THIRTEEN Unraveled

On Monday, January 25th, author Christina Soontornvat became only the second person in history to be awarded two Newbery Honors in the same year. In this episode, Christina takes...

#132 Colby & Travis – 2021 Preview

In this episode, Colby and Travis look ahead to the new year in children’s books. This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book Reading to Make a...

#131 Colby & Travis – 2020 Year in Review

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

#130 Mike Curato – FLAMER Unraveled

In this episode, author/illustrator Mike Curato takes us behind the scenes of his debut YA graphic novel, FLAMER. This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book Read...

#129 Christopher Paul Curtis – THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM Turns 25!

In this episode, author Christopher Paul Curtis takes us behind the scenes of his debut novel, THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963. The Newbery Honor-winning book turns 25...

#128 Matthew Cordell – HELLO, NEIGHBOR Unraveled

Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell takes us behind the scenes of his picture book biography of Mr. Rogers, HELLO, NEIGHBOR. This episode is sponsored by Heinemann and their professional book...

#127 Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – FIGHTING WORDS Unraveled

In this episode, Newbery Honor-winning author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley takes us behind the scenes of her novel FIGHTING WORDS. This episode is sponsored by BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO BOOK...

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