Love and Lucre: Hana in the Time of the Tulips

Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Hana in the TIme of the TulipsAuthor: Deborah Noyes (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763641316

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Luxurious illustrations and enchanting text paint poignant images of a father consumed by an economic craze and the overlooked daughter who quietly cares for him.

Tulips hold a special place in the hearts of our neighbourhood. You can learn why here and here — a true story that’s just begging to become a children’s picture book.

Need a beautiful boost? Take a few minutes to indulge in this gorgeous feast of Ottawa Tulips.

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Of Comfort and Coping: Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Friday, March 20, 2009.

Michael Rosen's Sad BookAuthor: Michael Rosen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Quentin Blake (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763641049

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This beautifully honest confession of the ups, the downs, the confusion and fond memories of a father dealing with the death of his son offers a rare, candid, detailed look at sadness, solitude and the strength to carry on.

More thoughtful resilience on JOMB:

You can celebrate Poetry Friday by watching and listening to Michael Rosen performing each one of the poems from his out-of-print book of children’s poetry ‘The Hypnotiser’ here.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Maureen Stanley shares her love of The Giving Tree (by Shel Silverstein).

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.

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).

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Get the Super-Sonic Scoop: Astronaut Handbook

Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Astronaut HandbookAuthor: Meghan McCarthy (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Meghan McCarthy
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375844597

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Starring pop-eyed recruits and friendly second-person narrative, this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category finalist dispenses enticing details of space training while gently nudging keen readers toward the healthy habits that just might make their dreams come true.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils finalists in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Beatrix (who learned about us from our appearance in Canadian Living Magazine) calls in to share her favourite, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter).

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.

Fun Facts & Foolishness: There’s a Babirusa in My Bathtub

Friday, February 27, 2009.

There's a Babirusa in My Bathtub (Fact and Fancy About Curious Creatures)Author: Maxine Rose Schur (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michael Maydak (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584691182

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Startling facts, silly poems and the thrill of a hidden picture hunt make this warmly illustrated smorgasbord of strangeness a sly and slippery segue from fiction to non-fiction.

More amazing animals on JOMB:

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Author/Illustrator Peggy Collins makes a good case for Sleepyhead (by Karma Wilson and John Segal) as a great last-read-aloud-before-bedtime book.

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A Canine Cure: Dr. White

Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Dr. WhiteAuthor: Jane Goodall (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Julie Litty (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 North-South Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0735818681

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Gentle, realistic illustrations and intriguing text tell the true tale of an adorable stray dog that restored health to critically ill children in a London hospital and hope to those who cared for them.

You can take a closer look at our long awaited (and long resisted) new family member, Phaedra, here.

Working dogs on JOMB:

More dogs on JOMB:

You can listen to our to vain attempt get our doggie dose through children’s books here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Katrina Morse of FamilyReading.com explains how one of her favourite books, the 1948 classic Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey), shows that children can have more common sense than grown-ups.

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.

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.

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.

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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Homemade Harmony: Cookies (Bite-Size Life Lessons)

Friday, January 23, 2009.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsAuthor: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Dyer (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006058081X

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Sweet, silly, scrumptious little scenarios sneakily cement understanding of twenty-two slippery social concepts in this clever and captivating conversation-starter.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Baked goods are mightier than the sword in Jonny Goldstein‘s favourite, The Apple Strudel Soldier (by Tom McGowen and John E. Johnson).

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Rhyme and Measurement: On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

Friday, January 16, 2009.

On the Scale, a Weighty TaleAuthor: Brian Cleary (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brian Gable (on JOMB) & how can I resist this?
Published: 2008 Lerner Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822578514

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Saucy cartoon-style illustrations and catchy rhyme make this gritty ditty so much fun it just may etch examples and relative sizes of ounces, grams, pounds, tons and tonnes into unsuspecting little minds.

More math on JOMB:

More cartoonist creations on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Sarah Hatfield of No Whey, Mama shares her thoughts about Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)

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

Of Curiosity and Creationism: One Beetle Too Many (The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin)

Friday, January 9, 2009.

One Beetle Too Many -- The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles DarwinAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Matthew Trueman (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076361436X

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Wonderfully wonky, earth-toned images and casual, lilting narration treat us to the antics, adventures, achievements and apprehension of Charles Darwin, the curious young collector who changed our view of the world.

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More inspiring biographies on JOMB:

Be sure to make Esme Raji Codell’s Biography Break blog a regular stop on your great book gathering rounds.

HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Brownlow of My Semblance of Sanity tells sings the praises of Hooway for Wodney Wat (by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger)

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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.

More exotic locations and travels on JOMB:

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.

 
 

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