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.

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Captivating Conservation: Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)

Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World's Rarest Creatures)Authors: Jonathan Baillie (on JOMB) and
Marilyn Baillie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Maple Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897349335

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Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation.

HOTLINE VOICES: Mrs. Incredible talks about the poetic devotion she and her three year-old son share for A Light in the Attic (by Shel Silverstein).

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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.

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

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Mettle, Mitvah & Remembrance: The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Saturday, November 1, 2008.

The Diary of Laura's Twin (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)Author: Kathy Kacer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897187394

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Musings and melodrama of a modern twelve year old, careful chronicling of a young prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and dozens of potent photographs stitch together the present and the past in this engaging and educational look at bullying, bigotry and backbone.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thank you to a former education instructor at University of Victoria for sharing her high opinion of Shimmerdogs (by Dianne Linden).

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November 2-9th, 2008 is the 28th Annual Holocaust Education Week. Coordinated by the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, UJA Federation, the event will offer more than 100 timely and thought-provoking educational and cultural programs, including a series of compelling, first-hand testimonies from survivors. For more information, click here.



Desert Zest: 52 Days By Camel (My Sahara Adventure)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

52 Days by CamelAuthor: Lawrie Raskin and Debora Pearson
Photographer: Lawrie Raskin
Published: 1998 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511364

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Passion sparked by childhood reading leads us through snow, salt, sandstorms, camel spit and souks in this eye opening introduction to the wonders of the Sahara and the sensational potential of curiosity and pluck.

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If we sound slightly odd in this show, it’s because we recorded it during a live television appearance on Roger’s Daytime.

Superheroes, Sabayad and SUVs: My Friend Jamal

Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

My Friend JamalAuthor: Anna McQuinn
Illustrator: Anna McQuinn and Ben Frey
Published: 2008 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511224

Beaming boyhood bliss pops from zesty action-packed photography-and-paint collage as a spunky seven year old proudly presents the shared adventures and intriguing details of life with his very best bud, Jamal — who happens to be Somali.

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Sharing Shaggy Friendship: Rosie — A Visiting Dog’s Story

Friday, March 14, 2008.

Rosie (A Visiting Dog's Story)Author: Stephanie Calmenson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Justin Sutcliffe
Published: 1994 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0395654777

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Crisp, candid photographs and friendly, fact-filled text tell the true tale of an exceptionally lovable dog who, through the generosity, skill and hard work of herself, her master, her trainers and vet, brings joy and companionship to strangers.

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Dimples and Double Takes: Baby! Baby!

Saturday, March 8, 2008.

Baby! Baby!Author: Vicky Ceelen
Illustrator: Vicky Ceelen
Published: 2008 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375842071

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Facial expression and body language steal the show in this wordless photo gallery starring human infants and their astonishing animal lookalikes.

For more of her incredible animal-baby lookalike photography, pop over to Vicky’s website or flickr pages.

Thanks to Luci McKean (of This is My Bloomington blog and podcast) for a great suggestion that we restate the book title, and author’s and illustrator’s names at the end of each review episode. We begin with this episode and we’re sorry we haven’t been doing this all along.

Sneaky, Cheeky, Catchy: Where in the Wild?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed ... and RevealedAuthor: David Schwartz & Yael Schy
Illustrator: Dwight Kuhn
Published: 2007 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462070

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Ten pleasantly familiar animals perch boldly exposed — yet cleverly concealed — in full page photographs tossing tantalizing clues to their whereabouts through an assortment of snappy, lyrical, comical and informative poems in this 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Award Finalist.

Click here for the Tricycle Press Reading Guide.

Pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the 2007 Cybils finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

Plucky in Pink: Ballerina Dreams – A True Story

Wednesday, December 26, 2007.

Ballerina DreamsAuthor: Lauren Thompson
Illustrator: James Estrin
Published: 2007 Feiwel & Friends (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0312370296

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Sixty photographs packed with joy, beauty and palpable excitement tell the inspiring, true story of five beautiful girls and the determination that made their dancing dreams come true.

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Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.

 
 

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