Good Times, Noodle Salad*: Grandma’s Feather Bed

Friday, November 16, 2007.

Grandma's Feather BedAuthor: John Denver (John Conner)
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Published: 2007 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690968

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We know, we know! Celebrity-linked children’s books certainly don’t need a mention from little old us, but with a song this belt-outable and illustrations so happy and full of popping off the page family fun, how could we resist?

Other books mentioned:

Other favourite sing-along books on JOMB:

** supply your own tune.

Breaking the Silence of Sexual Abuse: Not in Room 204

Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

Not in Room 204Author: Shannon Riggs
Illustrator: Jaime Zollars
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807557641

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Classroom shenanigans, expressive illustrations and the delicate weaving of carefully chosen details make this important story a haunting yet hopeful nudge toward breaking the silence of sexual abuse.

Shannon Rigg has supplied the following resources to help start making noise about sexual abuse:


We’ve Hit The Big Time!

Monday, November 12, 2007.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Children's Book Blog ExtraordinaireWhat do Jack Gantos, Grace Lin, Adam Rex, John Scieszka, Jarrett Krosoczka and Mo Willems have in common with me, Andrea Ross?

Absolutely nothing — except that, as of today, we’re among the 56 and counting children’s book authors, illustrators and enthusiasts who have been guests of Jules and Eisha, the brainy, eloquent and always entertaining hosts of the revered Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast children’s book blog.

Pop over to 7imp today for the scoop on JOMB — and learn much more than you ever wanted to know about one half of the duo behind it.

Interview with Kevin Hawkes

Monday, November 12, 2007.

Photo of Kevin Hawkes from RandomHouse.caIn many respects, Kevin Hawkes was doomed to become a children’s book illustrator. His childhood was rich with children’s books and the inspiration of Paris with its grand forests and castles. In fact, one constant of his life as a child in a military family was the universal smell of libraries.

On this edition of Just One More Book, author and illustrator Kevin Hawkes talks about being inspired by a second grade art teacher and classic artists including N.C. Wyeth and Vermeer, telling stories through his artwork and the advice he offers to children in his school visits.

Books mentioned:

Photo: Random House Canada

Interview with Whitney Hoffman

Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Whitney HoffmanNot every child falls instantly in love with books. For many, reading is a struggle or maybe just not interesting. A greater concern is the child whose learning disability makes reading an unpleasant experience.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book is Whitney Hoffman, producer of the Learning Disabilities Podcast (LDPodcast.com), whose experiences with her childrens’ learning disabilities as well as her own ADD leads to fantastic discussions and suggestions. She also features interviews with leading experts on learning including recent interviews with Rick Lavoie and Nina Straightman.

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

Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Robert's Snow Snowflake Auction: Nov&Dec 2007Starting November 19th, we’ll all 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 2007 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

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

Monday, November 12

Tuesday, November 13

Wednesday, November 14

Thursday, November 15

Friday, November 16

Saturday, November 17

Sunday, November 18

Please take time out to visit these blogs, and read about these fabulous illustrators. And, if you’re so inclined, think about bidding for a snowflake in the Robert’s Snow auction. Each snowflake makes a unique gift (for yourself or for someone else), and supports an important cause.

A big Thanks! to Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Jen Robinson for making this linked schedule available, and to Jules and Eisha for organizing the Bloggers’ Brigade to promote the Robert’s Snow Online Auction for Cancer’s Cure.

He Shoots, He Roars: Dino-Hockey

Friday, November 9, 2007.

Dino-HockeyAuthor: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Barry Gott
Published: 2007 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822561913

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Breakneck rhyme, slams, snarls and suspense sweep us into the frenzied fan-packed stands as the Herbivores take on the Carns in this neck-and-neck, glee-inducing hockey game — you’ll swear you hear the icy echoes of organ taunts and shredding blades.

More great hockey reading on JOMB:

More snappy dinosaur rhyme on JOMB:

Dive In! Swimming In Literary Soup talks Family

Wednesday, November 7, 2007.

Swimming In Literary Soup Podcast

Today, in honour of Adoption Awareness Month, Swimming In Literary Soup looks at a “clump” of four books that invite us to stop and think about our own ideas of family and to share those thoughts with the little people who have made our families possible.

So pop over for a peek — and be sure to tell us about children’s books that help you celebrate the true definition of Family.

Robert’s Snow Online Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Interview with Scott Magoon

Wednesday, November 7, 2007.

Loch Kindness, a snowflake painted by Scott MagoonOn this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with illustrator and Houghton Mifflin Art Director, Scott Magoon about children’s books as a gateway drug, what an Art Director looks for in children’s book illustrations and his 2007 snowflake, Loch Kindness (The monster in this loch gets a “taste” of the holiday spirit).

Scott’s heart-warming snowflake is up for bids December 3-7, 2007.

Books mentioned:

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 Online Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Interview with Laura Huliska-Beith

Monday, November 5, 2007.

Three French Hens by Laura Huliska-BeithOn this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith about the inspiring over-the-top optimism of the 1950s, how a pair of roller blades and an obedience school drop-out influenced her children’s book illustration career and her 2007 snowflake, Three French Hens.

Laura’s feisty, festive snowflake is up for bids December 3-7, 2007.

Books mentioned:

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 4

Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Robert's SnowWe 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, November 5

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Opening the Door to Unger

Saturday, November 3, 2007.

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to UngerOn March 3 we issued the first of a special series on Just One More Book. We called it Waiting at the Door to Unger and it followed the process of writing, editing and publishing Lee Edward Fodi’s book Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, the long awaited sequel to Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers.

The wait is now over. The Door to Unger opened a few weeks ago, just before the end of October.

Lee Edward Fodi joins us for this ninth and final edition of the series to talk about his release party, early feedback on the book, an upcoming event in New York City and his plans for the next installments of the Kendra Kandlestar series.

You are entering the Door to Unger.

 
 

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