Reading, Teaching, Learning

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DigiLit Sunday - The Yarn


      I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.

     I've been hearing a lot lately about a podcast series called The Yarn, and since it was about books and recorded by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker, two of my favorite kid lit enthusiasts, promoters, and experts, I figured I better check it out!  I've been listening nonstop to catch up on the first season.  Wow!  Who knew that a graphic novel requires an army of incredibly talented artists/ entrepreneurs/editors/writers/colorists/designers/etc. to put it together?! After listening to all eight podcasts, you will get an excellent picture of what it took to make the graphic novel Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, the brother/sister dynamic duo who brought you Babymouse and Squish.
     I CAN'T WAIT to read the book now, and I can't wait to share the podcasts with my students.  I have one student in particular who LOVES comics and drawing comics who I want to share them with, but also all the kids who did a brilliant job writing their graphic memoirs after reading Smile, Sisters, El Deafo, and The Dumbest Idea Ever.  You saw them on one of my blog posts - if you missed it, then you can read them here.  Maybe we could even make our OWN podcasts of interviews with those kids to hear about their creative processes and what inspired them about reading other graphic memoirs.  The possibilities of how to use The Yarn Season One series in the classroom are endless!
     Don't wait!  Download them NOW - they're free!! 
Learn more about each episode and little bonus stories:
     When you listen to the whole series, you're going to want to hear more (I do!), so head to Kickstarter to help fund the next season(s)!

     And a little graphic novel discussion bonus....