A Captivating Chronicle: If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor)

Friday, October 10, 2008.

If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, 1918)Author: Jean Little
Published: 2007 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439988373

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Beautifully bound in a soft unevenly edged journal and told with humour, innocence, intimacy and affection, the daily entries of a fictional twelve year old disclose the spellbinding details of life during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19.

Our daughter Lucy (9) also contributes to the discussion of the book, which she tells us is part of her current favourite series.

More books touching on war and peace on JOMB:

More illness on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Michelle Mulder from Victoria, British Columbia shares her thoughts on The Composition (by Antonio Skarmeta and Alfonso Ruano). Thanks, Michelle!

Interview with 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Panelists Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Fiona Bayrock

Monday, January 7, 2008.

2007 Cybils Awards

Fall 2007 reading at our house had a higher than usual non-fiction slant as Andrea joined kidLit bloggers:

on the Non-Fiction Picture Books nominating committee for the second annual Cybils Awards.

In celebration of today’s announcement of finalists in Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels categories of the 2007 Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, Mark speaks with Non-Fiction Picture Book panelists Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Fiona Bayrock about a nomination and finalist process done completely online and how a team of five people were able to collaborate to pick seven of forty-six books.

Be sure to pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the fabulous finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

You can also check out some of the panelists’ thoughts on some of the 46 nominated titles:

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Trapped Air Trickiness: Bubble Homes and Fish Farts

Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Bubble Homes and Fish FartsAuthor: Fiona Bayrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Carolyn Conahan (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570916705

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Quick! What’s used for communication, transportation, self defence, sound-dampening, warmth, entertainment and hatching and doesn’t cost a cent? If you didn’t say “bubbles” – and even if you did – you will be blown away (how could we resist?) by this beautifully illustrated and light hearted look at the ingenious uses of suds in the wild.

More fascinating animal facts on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Chel Pixie recalls a colourful favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (by Eric Carle).

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.

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

Ritual, Respect, Regret & Reflection: The Unknown Soldier

Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

The Unknown SoldierAuthor: Linda Granfield (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 043993558X

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Accessible narrative, detailed annotations and a thought-provoking collection of photographs, postcards, pins and poems shed light on the ceremony, symbolism, chronology and controversy commemorating our global family’s losses to war.

More books about war and peace on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Alison McGhee shares the reasons why Swiss Family Robinson (by Johann D. Wyss) is one of her childhood favourites.

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.

Nominate Your Favourites of 2008: The Cybils Start Today

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards so pop over to www.Cybils.com and nominate your favourite book of 2008 in each of nine categories from picture books up to young adult fiction.

Nominations close on October 15 2008 so do it today, since, as Horrid Henry says, later often happily turns to never

This year, I have the honour of joining the following fabulous KidLit Bloggers on the Non-Fiction Picture Books committees :

First Round Judges:

David Judge of Adventures at Wilder Farm
Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect
Becky Bilby of In the Pages
Debbie Nance of Readerbuzz
Jone MacCulloch of Check It Out

Final Judges:

Fiona Bayrock of Books and ‘Rocks
Candice Ransom of Ellsworth’s Journal
Andrea Beaty of Three Silly Chicks
Andrea Ross of Just One More Book!
Emily Mitchell of Emily Reads

so be sure to nominate some great non-fiction and make our job a tough one!

PS. You can check out 2008 publications on JOMB here.

Filed under: Cybils,News and Notes

Reviews

Sunday, December 23, 2007.

Click on any of the book titles below to hear a chat and read info on one of our favourite books.

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Waiting at the Door to Unger: Knock 8

Saturday, October 6, 2007.

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to UngerWaiting at the Door to Unger is our ongoing series of Podcast interviews in which we follow 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.

In this eighth knock, join Lee and me as we spend an afternoon together in Vancouver, Canada on what Lee would later call a children’s book pilgrimage. Our afternoon consisted of lunch at Bellaggio Cafe on Hornby Street, shopping for children’s books at a store appropriately called Kidsbooks and then taking a tour of Christian’s Lyceum of Literature and Art — a newly opened literacy centre — all the while talking about reading and writing great children’s books.

Books mentioned:

And They’re Off….

Monday, October 1, 2007.

Cybils 2007School’s in full swing and we’re back in cozy sweaters … which means it’s Cybils time, again!

Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards so pop over to www.Cybils.com and nominate your favourite book of 2007 in each of eight categories; from picture books up to young adult fiction. Nominations close on November 21 2007, so don’t delay!

This year, I have the honour of joining fabulous kidlit bloggers:

on the Non-Fiction Picture Books nominating committee so remember to nominate some great non-fiction!

Filed under: News and Notes
 
 

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