Wondering Why to Read: Amadi’s Snowman

Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

Amadi's SnowmanAuthor: Katia Novet Saint-Lot (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dimitrea Tokunbo (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780884482987

Earth toned images of bustling Nigerian swelter contrast with the book-bound allure of a world of frost and snow in this tale of a young boy pondering the pros and cons of literacy.

More books and reading on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author/Illustrator, Mark Mitchell, describes the beauty of the book Tsunami! (by Kimiko Kajikawa and Ed Young).

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Character Capers: The Sleepy Little Alphabet

Friday, July 3, 2009.

Author: Judy Sierra (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375840029

From skittery stalling to splendorous, sweet slumber, alphabet families do the bedtime wrestle in this fabulously illustrated preschool rhyme.

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Pop over to Tabatha A. Yeatts for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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Swamps, Chainsaws & Solipsism: Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)Author: P.J. Bracegirdle (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 McElderry Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416934162

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Hard-core horror meets sumptuous simile in this gripping exploration of siblinghood, self-destruction and sanitized sameness.

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Tending and Tenderness: Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Before You Were Here, Mi AmorAuthor: Samantha Vamos (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Santiago Cohen (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Viking (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670063010

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Generously speckled with spanish phrases and illustrated in homey hot oranges, pinks and golds, this intimate account of a family’s industrious wait for a new baby radiates pure joy.

HOTLINE VOICES: A young reviewer tells us about her favourite book, The Borrowers (by Mary Norton)

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Flow and Freedom: Journey to the River Sea

Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Author: Eva Ibbotson (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 033039715X

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Today, our 9 year old daughter, Lucy, tells us why she absolutely adores this beautifully written and inspiring Amazon adventure.

Click here to listen to our chat with Eva Ibbotson on her 83rd birthday.

Other beloved books by Eva Ibbotson:

Click here for other Eva Ibbotson book reviews by Lucy and click here to see the postcard Eva sent to Lucy and Bayla earlier this year in response to their 84th birthday cards.

LISTENER HOTLINE: Chuck Stanley enjoys sharing his childhood love of Fox in Socks (by Dr. Seuss) with his own children.

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Much More Than Meets the Eye: Perfect Man

Friday, March 6, 2009.

Perfect ManAuthor: Troy Wilson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dean Griffiths (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Orca Book Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1551434350

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Mark and I clearly had a tough time packing all our love for this fabulously inspiring and entertaining book into a coherent chat, so I definitely can’t pack it into one sentence.

How about this?

If you are a parent or a teacher or a writer or a child, if you’ve had the gift of an extraordinary educator, if you’ve ever felt small, if you’re prepared to have your heart swell with hope or you’d just enjoy a good laugh, get your hands on a copy of this unpredictable, heart-warming super-hero tale — and then rise to its challenges to live life, exercise your strengths and recognize greatness in yourself and others.

Looking for more inspiring teachers in children’s books? Check out 100 Cool Teachers in Children’s Literature on A Year of Reading (thanks to Franki, Mary Lee — and to Tricia for the reminder).

HOTLINE VOICES: Mark corners April Harkinson at the PodCamp Philly Bowling Event and learns that her favourite children’s books are the Berenstain Bears Series (by Stan and Jan Berenstain).

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Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

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Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

More Valentine’s Day reading on JOMB

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and New York Times columnist, Mike Winerip explains why Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of his current favourite books.

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After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

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Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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Death Defying, Doubted Deeds: Marco Polo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Marco PoloAuthor: Demi  (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454330

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It’s hard to believe that fifty-six pages of 700 year old travel details could consistently engross two seven and nine year old girls. Hard to believe, but, in the case of this beautifully illustrated and mesmerizing window to the world, nothing but the truth.

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You can read more about the veracity debate over Marco Polo’s incredulous journey here.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener tells us about a book loved by both herself and son, the rhythmic and rhyming Bear Wants More (by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman).

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Thanks to our daughter Lucy (9) for contributing the title of this post.

Sisterly Squeal-Induction: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street

Wednesday, December 24, 2008.

The Penderwicks On Gardam StreetAuthor: Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375840907

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No wizards, no potty-talk, no cell phones, no cynicism just four smart sisters, their dad, their schemes, their dog, their neighbours, their ideas and interactions yet our girls squealed, shrieked, jumped up and jabbered after almost every sentence. I’m not sure what it is, but The Penderwicks on Gardam Street has it.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener calls in to breath more magic into Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (by Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel). Related book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp (by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash).

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Of Fibre and Friendship: The Story Blanket

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.

The Story BlanketAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB), Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Peachtree Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706942

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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed goodwill, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Toni Patten shares a few of her family’s favourites including anything by Dr. Seuss, poetry books by Shel Silverstein, and books Goodnight Moon and There’s a Monster in My Closet.

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Hands-on Holiday Helping: Give A Goat

Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

Give A GoatAuthor: Jan West-Schrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Aileen Darragh (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0884483010

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Friendly, conversational narrative and breezy humour-splashed illustrations take us from the book-triggered birth of the goat-giving idea, through brainstorming, planning, implementation, bookkeeping and celebration in this inspiring, true tale of fifth graders who decided to make a difference.

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You can learn more about books that help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures, by listening to (or reading) Andrea’s contribution to Vivian Vasquez’s CLIP Podcast, here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Daniel Johnson Jr. (blog and podcast) and his daughter, Keisha, help make it a great day by sharing one of their favourite books, Judy Blume‘s Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

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