Sterility is the Smother of Invention: Inventor McGregor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Inventor McGregorAuthor: Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrator: Michael Chesworth
Published: 2006 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374336067

Snappy storytelling and lively illustrations convey how disorder and diversions inspire an oasis of creativity while a sterile environment can be like a desert for an inventive mind.

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Scribes, Shadows and Freedom of Speech: The Story of the Search for the Story

Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

The Story of the Search for the StoryAuthor: Bjorn Sortland
Illustrator: Lars Elling
Published: 1995 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575053756

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A swirling stew of settings, characters and literary greats drift between puzzling nested plots and enticing factual references to make this dramatically illustrated, dreamlike adventure an intriguing exploration of literature, censorship and the importance of storytelling and independent thought.

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Orchestrating Inspiration: Lady Liberty – A Biography

Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Lady Liberty: A BiographyAuthor: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763625302

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Stunningly warm, intimate illustrations and eleven candid first person accounts capture the crescendo of Lady Liberty’s creation, from idea to unveiling, and give us an enduring appreciation for the landmark, her creators and the many lives she has touched.

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Story-coated Storytelling Skills: Show; Don’t Tell (Secrets of Writing)

Friday, April 4, 2008.

Show; Don't Tell! (Secrets of Writing)Author: Josephine Nobisso
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
Published: 2001 Gingerbread House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0940112132

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Push-button glass crashing, scratch-and-sniff scent and a cast of warmly illustrated and lovable animal characters disguise this palatable presentation of language arts pointers as a read-again storytime hit.

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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Slime, Crime and Greediness: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

The Three Fishing Brothers GruffAuthor: Ben Galbraith
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
Published: 2007 Hodder & Stoughton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0340893427

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Stubble, nastiness, dead fish and debris transform foul fishing tactics into a riveting affair in this gloriously disagreeable cautionary tale.

You can learn more about the real Poverty Bay (home of author/illustrator, Ben Galbraith) and Bay of Plenty here and here.

Matchless Compassion: Janusz Korczak’s Children

Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Janusz Korczaks Children

Author: Gloria Spielman
Illustrator: Matthew Archambault
Published: 2007 Kar-Ben Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822570505

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Uncommonly rich illustrations and detailed, yet accessible, early reader text relay the haunting, true story of Janusz Korczak — doctor, writer, educator and champion of children’s rights.

You can read more about Janusz Korczak here.

Hilarious Homemade Healing: Doctor Ted

Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Doctor TedAuthor: Andrea Beaty (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pascal Lemaitre
Published: 2008 Margaret K. McElderry (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928200

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Neither glares nor germs nor a principal’s rage can squelch the earnest examinations and ridiculous remedies of a well meaning young bear in this cheekily illustrated school yard lark.

Monumental Humanity: The Clay Ladies

Friday, March 7, 2008.

The Clay LadiesAuthor: Michael Bedard (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765734

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Thoughtful, unhurried narrative and rich, enveloping art capture the clutter and compassion of two celebrated sculptors, a fledgling robin’s rescue and the birth of a life-changing friendship.

You can learn more about sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle here. Read about the recently published adult book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, here.

Aha! I found a photo of their studio church on Glenrose Avenue!

Plundering Unplugged: Pirate Bob

Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Pirate BobAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Clark (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570915954

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Surprisingly descriptive, thought-provoking text and a cast of goofy, grinning hooligans provide a peek into a career in nautical crime as a reflective rogue ponders pillaging — its logistical details, dangers and doldrums — and grapples with issues of greed, freedom, friendship and distrust.

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Skill, Suspense and Standing Tall: Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer

Saturday, February 23, 2008.

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball PioneerAuthor: Bill Wise
Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth
Published: 2007 Lee & Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584302690

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This riveting roller coaster of taunts, talent and tenterhooks relays a true story of suffering and success and invites us to examine the troubling shadow of racism and the resiliency of those who rise above it.

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

The Planned Prodigy: Baby Brains (The smartest baby in the whole world)

Friday, August 17, 2007.

Baby BrainsAuthor: Simon James
Illustrator: Simon James
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636827

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Hilariously understated body language and text tell a tale of in utero education gone wild in this entertaining poke at the modern, ambitious parent.

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