Drought, Doubt and Duty: Mei Ming and the Dragon’s Daughter

Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

Mei Ming and the Dragon's DaughterAuthor: Lydia Bailey
Illustrator: Martin Springett
Published: 1991 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590733702

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Rhythmic narration, enchanting riddles and an elegant fusion of Asian and art deco illustration draw us into an adventure in friendship and fortitude that highlights the fragility of life and the fortune that is water.

You can read about more of our favourite Canadian, Asian-themed children’s books here.

You’ll find a great list of dragon related books and activities here.

Robert’s Snow Online Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Interview with Diane Greenseid

Monday, October 29, 2007.

Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall, and a Great Winter, Too!! by Diane GreenseidOn this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with illustrator Diane Greenseid about singing colours, the process of developing a book and the creation of her snowflake, Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall, and a Great Winter, Too!

Diane’s spunky snowflake is up for bids November 26-30, 2007,

Books mentioned:

Check out Diane Greenseid’s blog here.
Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure is an online auction of wooden snowflakes painted by participating children’s book illustrators. This annual event, which was started in 2004 by author Grace Lin and her husband Robert Mercer, has raised over $200,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Just One More Book! is one of many online children’s literature resources participating in the promotion of this year’s Robert’s Snow auction. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing interviews with participating illustrators and we’re hoping that you’ll find yourself bidding on the incredible art that’s available to you during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You can read more about Robert’s Snow: Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure here.

Robert’s Snow Snowflake Bloggers for Cancer’s Cure: Week 3

Saturday, October 27, 2007.

Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure
You will soon have a chance to purchase the artwork of a favourite children’s book illustrator while helping to fight cancer — by participating in a unique fundraiser for cancer research: Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure. Since 2004, this online auction has raised over $200,000 for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, with your help, the holiday tradition will thrive in 2007.

In order to raise awareness of and participation in this fabulous fundraiser, we in the kidlitosphere community will be highlighting ~160 of the 200 or so individual illustrators who have created snowflakes for the upcoming ’07 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

Here is this week’s line up of illustrator showcases and snowflake sneak peeks:

Monday, October 29

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Hip to Be Scared: Hallowe’en Hoots and Howls

Saturday, October 27, 2007.

Hallowe'en Hoots and HowlsAuthor: Joan Horton
Illustrator: Joann Adinolfi
Published: 1999 Henry Holt Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805058052

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Nineteen upbeat poems and a generous cast of wacky-looking monsters serve up a blend of scariness and humour that provides a perfectly harmless Hallowe’en thrill.

Building Dreams: Iggy Peck, Architect

Friday, October 26, 2007.

Iggy Peck, ArchitectAuthor: Andrea Beaty (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Roberts (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Abrams Books for Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 081091106X

Uncommonly crisp, comical illustrations combine with flippant, rhyming text to chronicle the irrepressible ingenuity of an audacious seven year old — and to remind us to make space for what makes people tick.

Other books mentioned:

Coughs, Coddles & Conning: Farm Flu

Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

Farm FluAuthor: Teresa Bateman
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807522759

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Action-packed illustrations crammed with hilarious details and subtle humour betray the impish reality that is missed by the earnest narrator in this snappily rhyming adventure in learned compassion.

Other books mentioned:

Another great book for sick-day reading:

Interview with Betsy Hearne

Monday, October 22, 2007.

Betsy HearneIn the abstract to her 2001 Humanities Lecture, Storied Lives, Betsy Hearne writes:

“Stories tell us who we are. The levels of narrative in our lives range from family anecdote to fairy tale, from worklore to technological mythology. Not only do our personal and social identities grow out of the stories we absorb, but our cultural survival depends on the stories we choose to believe.”

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author and scholar Betsy Hearne about her book Seven Brave Women (review on JOMB) which tells the stories of seven women in her family ranging from her great-great-great-grandmother to her own daughter, how stories impact our development and her thoughts on the evolution of the children’s book industry over the last forty years.

Links to books and resources mentioned:

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Photo: University of Illinois

Filed under: Interviews,Podcast

Robert’s Snow Snowflake Bloggers for Cancer’s Cure: Week 2

Sunday, October 21, 2007.

Robert's Snow Online Auction for Cancer's CureYou will soon have a chance to purchase the artwork of a favourite children’s book illustrator while helping to fight cancer — by participating in a unique fundraiser for cancer research: Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure. Since 2004, this online auction has raised over $200,000 for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, with your help, the holiday tradition will thrive in 2007.

In order to raise awareness of and participation in this fabulous fundraiser, we in the kidlitosphere community will be highlighting ~160 of the 200 or so individual illustrators who have created snowflakes for the upcoming ’07 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

Here is this week of illustrator showcases and sneak peeks at their snowflakes:

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23

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The Might of Metaphor: The Red Thread (An Adoption Fairy Tale)

Saturday, October 20, 2007.

The Red ThreadAuthor: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807569224

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Dramatic, stylized folk art, carefully worded text and a cleverly crafted story-within-a-story format combine to create an engaging story time snapshot that vividly illustrates the unwavering strength of parental devotion — and the quiet power of children’s books.

You can find more information about adoption at Moonrattles, an online community for tweens touched by adoption and fostering.

Robert’s Snow Online Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Graeme Base

Friday, October 19, 2007.

A Bundle of Love by Graeme BaseIt’s not too late to start saving up for your very own Robert’s Snow Snowflake.

Perhaps you’ll choose A Bundle of Love by Graeme Base. Bidding on Graeme Base’s snowflake, “A Bundle of Love”, takes place November 26-30, 2007.

Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure is a unique fundraiser for cancer research. Between November 19th and December 7th, 2007, you have the chance to bid on 200 wooden snowflakes, hand painted by prominent children’s illustrators, through a series of three online auctions.

For more snow flake peeks and glimpses at the talented and generous people behind them, check out today’s featured flakes:

Please consider purchasing one of these beautiful pieces of art — and supporting this important cause.

Stay tuned to Just One More Book!, for upcoming interviews with Robert’s Snow Snowflake contributors and awesome illustrators:

We’re on the Family Channel!

Thursday, October 18, 2007.

The MommyCast Family Channel We’re pleased to announce that the Just One More Book!! Children’s Book Podcast has become an inaugural member of the MommyCast & Friends Family Channel, a new media network offering podcast content to entertain, educate and uplift today’s parents.

Podcasts mentioned:

  • LD Podcast (The podcast about Learning and Learing Disabilities)
Filed under: News and Notes,Podcast

Passion, Pooches & Piercings: “Let’s Get a Pup!” said Kate

Wednesday, October 17, 2007.

Author: Bob Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Published: 2001 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621935

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Cluttered with the happy chaos of a connected family and told with spunk and wit, this deceptively breezy-looking story reels us through grief, joy, yearning and elation, buoying us all the while with candid peeks at the casual, crazy comedy that is domestic life.

More Dogs on JOMB:

You can find more about dog books here.

 
 

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