Greats Misbehaving: The Book Of Time Outs (A Mostly True History of the World’s Biggest Troublemakers)

Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The Book Of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World's Biggest TroublemakersAuthor: Deb Lucke
Illustrator: Deb Lucke
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928294

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Chatty, irreverent narrative and outrageous edge-to-edge illustrations portray the crimes and punishments of fourteen famous historical figures as the antics, timeouts and grumblings of unruly children in this hilarious timeout corner staple.

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

Greatness, Gratitude and Generosity: Piano Starts Here (The Young Art Tatum)

Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Piano Starts HereAuthor: Robert Andrew Parker
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker
Published: 2008 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375839658

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Breezy, evocative images and fondly recalled, first-person narrative provide an intimate — if imagined — look at the early life and loves of Jazz legend, Art Tatum.

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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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The Bee’s Knees: Jazz ABZ (An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits)

Saturday, January 26, 2008.

 Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits Author: Wynton Marsalis and Phil Schaap
Illustrator: Paul Rogers (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621358

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Vintage poster-style illustrations and meticulously crafted poems pay tribute to the skill, spirit and style of twenty-six jazz greats, from A to Z.

Earned Learning: Ruby’s Wish

Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Ruby's WishAuthor: Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811834905

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The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream — and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.

You can help make a dream come true today by joining the effort to provide schooling and stability for autistic children in China. To learn more click here.

Exits, Entrances and our Ephemeral Existence: Barn

Wednesday, June 27, 2007.

BarnAuthor: Debby Atwell
Illustrator: Debby Atwell
Published: 1996 Houghton Mifflin Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618153160

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Ever occupied with the details of existence, generations of fleeting lives brush past the stalwart narrator spinning a tale of contrast and continuance that is a humbling reminder of the beauty and brevity of life.

Great Deeds from Dull to Daring: Seven Brave Women

Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

Seven Brave WomenAuthor: Betsy Hearne
Illustrator: Bethanne Andersen
Published: 1997 Greenwillow Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0060799218

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Radiant with peace and perseverance, this beautiful string of family remembrances gently sips and savours the contributions of seven remarkably unremarkable women.

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Imagine Generosity: The White Stone in the Castle Wall

Friday, April 13, 2007.

The White Stone in the Castle WallAuthor: Sheldon Oberman
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887763863

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Historically accurate illustrations and unusually poetic narrative bring to life the plight of a young boy struggling to earn a single dollar and the genuine kindness of Sir Henry Pellatt.

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A Whirl of the Wheel of Life: My Great Aunt Arizona

Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

My Great Aunt ArizonaAuthor: Gloria Houston
Illustrator: Susan Condie Lamb
Published: 1997 Harper Collins Canada
ISBN: 0064433749

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Gently illustrated and lovingly told, this fond reflection on a life generously lived shares the energy, emotion, dreams and disappointments of a woman who made her mark.

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The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Author: Spencer Johnson
Illustrator: Stephen Pileggi
Published: 1977 Value Communications
ISBN: 0916392066

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With cartoony illustrations and stripped down stories the ValueTales Series of books use imaginitive devices to introduce young readers to historical figures and the personal attributes that helped them make a difference in their worlds.

If you are curious about the fate of the ValueTales, you can listen to an interesting interview about an attempt to revive these books on Mark’s ElectricSky podcast.

 
 

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