Last featured in the 09-27-2019 issue of the Scout Report, The Yarn podcast continues to offer insightful interviews with authors and illustrators, giving listeners a glimpse into the world of creating and publishing books for kids. Listeners can easily get caught up on the best children's books of the past year by jumping to the December 30, 2020 episode "Our Third Annual Year-in-Review Episode."
Librarians, teachers, and those interested in hearing behind-the-scenes stories about creating and publishing kids' books may enjoy The Yarn, a podcast from School Library Journal that focuses on children's literature. First launched in August 2015, The Yarn is hosted and produced by elementary school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp. Here, listeners will find a collection of fascinating interviews with authors and illustrators of children's books, some recorded in front of a live audience. Examples of The Yarn's interviewees include Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the popular Amulet graphic novel series; Abby Hanlon, author and illustrator of the Dory Fhantasmagory series; and Jess Keating, author of the World of Weird Animals series. Listeners may enjoy the episode from January 23, 2021, "Our 2021 Preview," in which the hosts discuss highly anticipated book releases for the year. Those interested can listen online or subscribe through Stitcher, Spotify, and other platforms.