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Roll Credits: Episode 8 of The Yarn – Jennifer Holm (Plus Our Secret Sponsor Revealed)

The Yarn

What is The Yarn?

S1 E8 – Jennifer Holm

This is it, folks – the final episode of Season 1 of The Yarn. Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm go in-depth on Sunny Side Up, a book that hit close to home for the author and illustrator.

Behind the Scenes

There’s one person who deserves a special mention here. The person who sponsored the entire first season of The Yarn…

Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller

Your support made everything possible, Donalyn – thank you.

It’s been a wonderful eight days.

Thanks to you, we managed to hold the #1 spot on iTunes in the Literature podcast category for a brief (brieeeeef) moment:


Thank you for listening and sharing.

If you’re interested in helping us make a second season of The Yarn (or just like t-shirts), you can give to the cause at our Kickstarter:

My Highlight

What is it like to write about real experiences – experiences that had a damaging effect? At the 7:09 mark, Jennifer and Matthew start talking about the difficult decision to share elements of their real childhood in the book, and the results of that decision.

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Or, if you prefer, here’s Season 1 (every episode) in playlist form:

You can also view/listen to the entire first season on this page.

Season 1: Sunny Side Up
Aug. 17: Episode 1: Introduction/”This Season on The Yarn”
Aug. 18: Episode 2: Raina Telgemeier (graphic novelist)
Aug. 19: Episode 3: David Levithan (editor/author)
Aug. 20: Episode 4: Phil Falco (cover designer/art director)
Aug. 21: Episode 5: David Saylor (founder/publisher of Graphix imprint)
Aug. 22: Episode 6: Lark Pien (cartoonist/colorist)
Aug. 23: Episode 7: Matthew Holm (illustrator)
Aug. 24: Episode 8: Jennifer Holm (author)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.