Teen Librarian Toolbox
September 19, 2022 by Colby Sharp
COLBY: I had a lot of fun chatting with Katherine Applegate about her new book Odder. The interview took place a couple of weeks ago, and I wasn’t able to get my hands on a copy of the book beforehand, so this might be the only interview I have ever done for The Yarn without […]
April 30, 2022 by Travis Jonker
Grant Snider takes us behind the scenes of his upcoming book, ONE BOY WATCHING
June 22, 2020 by Travis Jonker
Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.
August 4, 2019 by Travis Jonker
Travis: I interviewed Dan Santat back in June at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference. Ostensibly, the focus was his latest, Harold & Hog Pretend For Real, but we ended up getting into a bunch of his recent work, and his collaboration process with Mo Willems. I think you’re going to like it. Subscribe […]
March 24, 2019 by Travis Jonker
Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Molly Idle during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about her most recent picture book, Pearl, and about her Caldecott Honor win for Flora and the Flamingo. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.
February 24, 2019 by Travis Jonker
Travis: LeUyen Pham has illustrated early reader books before, but The Itchy Book! is the first one that she has also written. I sat down last summer at ALA Annual in New Orleans to talk with Pham about the process. We hope you enjoy the episode. https://soundcloud.com/colby-sharp-3/88-leuyen-pham-the-itchy-book-unraveled Subscribe below to catch every episode.
January 27, 2019 by Travis Jonker
How did Holmes go about illustrating the creation of the universe for THE STUFF OF STARS? It began with marbleized paper.
November 20, 2018 by Travis Jonker
Travis: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut was one of my favorite picture books of 2017. I wasn’t alone. In this episode, I talked with author Derrick Barnes about how one of the most beloved picture books in recent memory came to be. We hope you enjoy the show. https://soundcloud.com/colby-sharp-3/82-derrick-barnes-crown-unraveled Subscribe below to catch […]
November 4, 2018 by Travis Jonker
Travis: Louisiana’s Way Home is Kate DiCamillo’s first middle grade sequel (or more accurately in this case, companion novel). It also marks a return to first-person writing – something she hasn’t done since Because of Winn Dixie. It was a pleasure to talk with her about how these two things came to be. We hope […]
April 29, 2018 by Travis Jonker
Travis: They All Saw a Cat is one of those rare unforgettable books. It’s become one of the most popular picture books in my K-4th grade school library. And critics are on board too (see above photo). In this episode I talk to Brendan Wenzel about how the book came to be, and what it […]
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