COLBY: James Ponti is someone that I love hanging out with. His love for books, kids, book creators, and baseball makes my heart happy. I called up James to talk about his ‘City Spies’ series. In this episode he talks about his journey to children’s literature, how a CIA director helped him with his ‘City […]
COLBY: I had a blast chatting with Amy Timberlake about her new book Egg Marks the Spot. She is such an interesting and unique human. I could have chatted with her for hours. Be sure to check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode of The Yarn: iTunes Spotify Stitcher
Betsy Bird takes us behind the scenes of her first middle grade novel, LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS.
COLBY: Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet was that “one book” for me as a child. It continues to rock the world of so many readers in my classroom, and I am forever grateful to Gary and his work. Learning of his passing a couple of weeks ago was really hard. Travis and I talked about rerunning my […]
A conversation with R.J. Palacio about her latest book, PONY.
Erin and Philip Stead share the joys and challenges of returning to the world of Amos.
The Caldecott Medal-winning duo are on the latest episode.
COLBY: When I learned that Sara Pennypacker was revisiting the world of Pax and Peter in the book Pax, Journey Home I knew that I had to talk to her for The Yarn. Pax blew me away, and the thought of being able to find out what happened next made my heart so happy. In […]
COLBY: I am a big of reading aloud and of Pernille Ripp. When you put two awesome things together, you get something magical. In this episode of The Yarn, Pernille talks about starting the global read aloud, why she decided to continue it in 2021, and this year’s selections. Be sure to check out the […]
COLBY: Back in 2019, at the NCTE Annual Conference in Baltimore, I sat down with Karyn Parsons to talk about her middle grade novel ‘How High the Moon’. I was very proud of myself for not asking Karyn anything about her time working on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She did manage to bring it […]