Celebrating our 500th Episode: Chapter Book Chatter

Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

To celebrate the 500th episode of our JustOneMoreBook! Children’s Book Podcast, our daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), share their thoughts on a few of their favourite chapter books.

Books mentioned:

We hope you’ll help us celebrate by sharing some of your favourite chapter book titles in our comments section.

Thank you for making our 500 episodes possible. Looking forward to show #1000.

Andrea & Mark

A Poem Run: Baseball Hour

Friday, December 26, 2008.

Baseball HourAuthor: Carol Nevius (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Thomson (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453806

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Smooth, action-packed close-ups and enthusiastic rhyme focus on the glorious details of little league practice in this almost 3D glimpse of spring.

More sports on JOMB:

Pop over to The Miss Rumphius Effect for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Anita Newburt shares a favourite and cat-lover’s delight, Mister Got to Go: The cat that wouldn’t leave, based on a true story (by Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Sisterly Squeal-Induction: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street

Wednesday, December 24, 2008.

The Penderwicks On Gardam StreetAuthor: Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375840907

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No wizards, no potty-talk, no cell phones, no cynicism just four smart sisters, their dad, their schemes, their dog, their neighbours, their ideas and interactions yet our girls squealed, shrieked, jumped up and jabbered after almost every sentence. I’m not sure what it is, but The Penderwicks on Gardam Street has it.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener calls in to breath more magic into Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (by Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel). Related book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp (by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

The Children’s Book Bank of Toronto, Canada

Monday, December 22, 2008.

The Children’s Book Bank of Toronto, Canada is a charitable organization designed to support children’s literacy by providing free books and literacy support to children in lower income neighbourhoods. We learned about it from our good friend and podcaster, Sage Tyrtle, in an email she sent us offering to help record an interview with founder Kim Beatty. We managed to convince her to do more than that.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, correspondent Sage Tyrtle of the QN Podcast introduces us to The Children’s Book Bank.

By the way, Sage’s QN podcast is definitely for adults, not children, and frequently includes strong language and political views.

Related links

Photo of Kim Beatty by Harry Gils.

Just One More Book!! is turning 500

Friday, December 19, 2008.

To close out 2008 with a bang, Just One More Book!! will publish its 500th episode on December 31. This means that we’ll be adjusting our release schedule over the next three weeks. Shows will be released on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 31st. We will pick up our regular schedule on January 2, 2009.

Happy holidays!

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Be a Rock Star Reader: On Top of Spaghetti

Friday, December 19, 2008.

On Top of SpaghettiAuthor: Paul Brett Johnson and Tom Glazer
Illustrator: Paul Brett Johnson
Published: 2006 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439749441

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Not much impresses young listeners more than their reading adult opening up a book and belting out a song. Add an action-packed story, a honky tonk narrator and engaging, humourous illustrations and this campfire standard will make you a storytime rock star.

More sing along favourites on JOMB:

Pop over to Author Amok for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Regular contributor Kevin Hodgson dares us with his descriptive thoughts on The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (by Mordicai Gerstein) and explains why this is the perfect book for the picture book genre.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Wintry Reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.
Humphreys First Christmas

Humphrey's First Christmas

If you’re looking for wintry reading, here are some of our favourites:

Leave a comment to tell us about your wintry favourites.

Happy Holidays! Happy Reading!

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Of Fibre and Friendship: The Story Blanket

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.

The Story BlanketAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB), Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Peachtree Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706942

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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed goodwill, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

Other books mentioned:

More woolly reading on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Toni Patten shares a few of her family’s favourites including anything by Dr. Seuss, poetry books by Shel Silverstein, and books Goodnight Moon and There’s a Monster in My Closet.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Sheree Fitch: Reviving Sleeping Dragons

Monday, December 15, 2008.

You could say that Sheree Fitch became a part of our family long before we met her in 2006.  Ahhh… the mark of a great author, that their books are so good that you wake up with them each morning, hang out with them all day and go to bed with them at night.  That’s what made it so sad when we found out that a large portion of Sheree’s books were no longer in print.

In November 2006, we spent a few hours with Sheree when she was in Ottawa.  We talked about children’s books and our daughter Lucy read aloud the amazing book Sleeping Dragons All Around.  We brought Mocha Maple Chocolate cupcakes as a treat.  And so began our campaign to have Sleeping Dragons reprinted.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Sheree Fitch talks about the 20th anniversary edition of Sleeping Dragons All Around, being the author of a book that’s reaching a second generation and how Sleeping Dragons became and will always be a part of a family that suffered a tragic loss.

More Sheree Fitch on Just One More Book:

This is the second in a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In part one, we replayed our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality.

Revisiting Poesy Perfection: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Saturday, December 13, 2008.

Author: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michele Nidenoff (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Nimbus Publishing (20th anniversary edition)
ISBN: 1551096994

On August 30, 2006, we published episode 22 of Just One More Book!! It was a review of a permanent family favourite, Sleeping Dragons All Around, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Michele Nidenoff. We would learn, shortly afterward, that the book was out of print.

We’ve become friendly with Sheree since we interviewed her for episode 54 published on November 13, 2006 and we’ve always told her how disappointed we were that Sleeping Dragons and some of her other fabulous children’s books, were no longer available.

Not for long.

As it turns out, the 20th anniversary of Sleeping Dragons All Around will be celebrated on January 25, 2009, with the re-release of the book. And guess what’s printed on the dust jacket. Our Just One More Book!! blog blurb from that August 30, 2006 book chat:

How cool is that?

This is the first of a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In this part, we replay our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality. Part two will be released on Monday, December 15, 2008 and will feature a new interview with Sheree about the new edition and a story of how Sleeping Dragons All Around has made an impact.

Want to see our other dust jacket appearance? Click here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelley Burns shares a year-after-year favourite book, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Sometimes Siblinghood Stinks: When I Was King

Friday, December 12, 2008.

When I Was KingAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David McPhail (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006029051X

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When we feel better about ourselves, we feel better about everything.

Shadowy, Sendakian illustrations and spot-on, multiply paced rhyming text take us for one spin around the familiar first-born cycle of resentment, rage, worry, the relief of being understood, warm fuzziness and back to the joy of siblinghood in this reassuring glimpse inside a shared spotlight.

More sibling dymamics on JOMB:

Pop over to Wild Rose Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author and teacher Laura Purdie Salas shares one of her favourite books, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness (by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Filed under: Podcast,Poetry Friday

Hands-on Holiday Helping: Give A Goat

Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

Give A GoatAuthor: Jan West-Schrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Aileen Darragh (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0884483010

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Friendly, conversational narrative and breezy humour-splashed illustrations take us from the book-triggered birth of the goat-giving idea, through brainstorming, planning, implementation, bookkeeping and celebration in this inspiring, true tale of fifth graders who decided to make a difference.

Other books mentioned:

Organizations mentioned:

You can learn more about books that help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures, by listening to (or reading) Andrea’s contribution to Vivian Vasquez’s CLIP Podcast, here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Daniel Johnson Jr. (blog and podcast) and his daughter, Keisha, help make it a great day by sharing one of their favourite books, Judy Blume‘s Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

 
 

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