Rethinking JustOneMoreBook: Feedback Welcome

Saturday, February 28, 2009.

A lot is changing for our family these days.

On this edition of Just One More Book!! we discuss some of these changes, talk about some of the ways in which this podcast has been affected and ask for your feedback as we work toward building new routines to accommodate changes in work, home and JOMB.

We’d appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.  Please call them in to our listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487 or leave them as a comment on this post.

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Fun Facts & Foolishness: There’s a Babirusa in My Bathtub

Friday, February 27, 2009.

There's a Babirusa in My Bathtub (Fact and Fancy About Curious Creatures)Author: Maxine Rose Schur (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michael Maydak (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584691182

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Startling facts, silly poems and the thrill of a hidden picture hunt make this warmly illustrated smorgasbord of strangeness a sly and slippery segue from fiction to non-fiction.

More amazing animals on JOMB:

Pop over to Mommy’s Favourite Children’s Books 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/Illustrator Peggy Collins makes a good case for Sleepyhead (by Karma Wilson and John Segal) as a great last-read-aloud-before-bedtime book.

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

A Canine Cure: Dr. White

Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Dr. WhiteAuthor: Jane Goodall (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Julie Litty (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 North-South Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0735818681

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Gentle, realistic illustrations and intriguing text tell the true tale of an adorable stray dog that restored health to critically ill children in a London hospital and hope to those who cared for them.

You can take a closer look at our long awaited (and long resisted) new family member, Phaedra, here.

Working dogs on JOMB:

More dogs on JOMB:

You can listen to our to vain attempt get our doggie dose through children’s books here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Katrina Morse of FamilyReading.com explains how one of her favourite books, the 1948 classic Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey), shows that children can have more common sense than grown-ups.

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

Interview with Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen

Monday, February 23, 2009.

No matter how you look at it, picture book illustration is art.  And when it comes to realism, illustrators face many challenges including visual storytelling and being true to the subject.

It took Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen about forty years to realize his childhood dream of becoming an illustrator.  Nic joins Mark to talk about his move from Art Director to Illustrator, visual inspiration on books including Saving Samantha and one of his greatest challenges, illustrating the book The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell.

Photo courtesy of Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen.

Rhyme Is The New Prose: Zorgamazoo (A Novel in Rhyme)

Friday, February 20, 2009.

ZorgamazooAuthor: Robert Paul Weston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Victor Rivas (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 RazorBill (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1595141995

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Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to The Holly and the Ivy 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 Kirby Larson shares how the book How to Steal a Dog (by Barbara O’Connor) stole her heart.

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

Podcamp Toronto Book Drive

Thursday, February 19, 2009.

If you’re heading to Podcamp Toronto this weekend, bring along a new or gently used children’s book for the The Children’s Book Bank of Toronto. You’ll feel great!

You can learn all about the book bank and the fabulous people who make it happen and benefit from it here.

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2008-09 Cybils Winner: Nic Bishop’s Frogs

Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

Nic Bishop's FrogsAuthor: Nic Bishop (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Nic Bishop
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439877555

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Don’t judge this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category winner by its cover.

This gorgeously photographed and casually narrated ramble through the often mindboggling traits, anatomy, actions, stats and abilities of the humble frog family will change your view of frogs forever.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils winners in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Librarian Peggy Northcraft believes that part of who she is as an adult, today, is because of the Anne of Green Gables series (by Lucy Maud Montgomery).  Be sure to listen to our documentary, Before Green Gables and the 100th anniversary of Anne Shirley.

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

Join our newsletter for exclusive video outtakes

Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

Mark’s been hard at work editing 13 hours of video into a series of 15-minute video episodes that document our 6 days with the Rock Stars of Reading this past November. Sadly, maintaining flow and focus in each video means lots of great footage on the cutting room floor.

Members of our free email newsletter are in for a treat. We will be making some of the video outtakes available in our February issue.

Sign up to our email newsletter now so you don’t miss out on this great footage.

Interview with Giselle Potter

Monday, February 16, 2009.

Some authors and illustrators have a knack for weaving personal experiences and family history into children’s books.  The written and illustrated stories compliment each other in a way that invites the reader to be a part of the book.

On this edition, author/illustrator Giselle Potter talks about how her life experiences have influenced her style, offers thoughts on effective journaling and the challenge of making a personal experience interesting for others.

Among our favourite books by Giselle Potter:

Family Day

Sunday, February 15, 2009.

Because of the long weekend in Ontario, our interview with author/illustrator Giselle Potter will be published on Tuesday.

Thanks for your patience and thanks for the day off. :)

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Meet The Parents, Pondside: The Frog Princess

Saturday, February 14, 2009.

The Frog PrincessAuthor: Rosalind Allchin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Rosalind Allchin
Published: 2001 KidsCan Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553375262

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even the most wonderful romance can come with the challenge of fitting in with in-laws. This fabulously illustrated twist on The Frog Prince treats us to an entertaining string of slip-ups and scandals as a starry-eyed frog samples life in the Royal Family.

More frogs on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Karen Alonge‘s Valentines contribution is about a mysterious love letter with a twist in Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch (by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz).

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

So, what are your favourite renditions of The Frog Prince? Leave us a message in the comments, below.

Marryin’ into Money: Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)

Friday, February 13, 2009.

Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)Author: Alan Schroeder (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brad Sneed (on JOMB)
Published: 1997 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140566732

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Fierce, phonetically written slang and softly stretched, fish-eye illustrations make this twangin’ twist on the traditional tale a thrill for listeners and read-aloud hams alike — rump-blisterin’ and all!

Other books mentioned:

You can find more Appalachian children’s books here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Melitsa Avila captures the essence of a book that both she and her son love, Too Many Toys (by David Shannon).

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

So, what are your favourite renditions of Cinderella? Leave us a message in the comments, below.

 
 

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