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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Emulating Spaces: McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death — with a Happy Ending)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death -- with a Happy Ending)Author: Henrik Drescher
Illustrator: Henrik Drescher
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763633860

A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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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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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.

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.

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

One Thousand TracingsAuthor: Lita Judge
Illustrator: Lita Judge
Published: 2007 Hyperion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1423100085

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Eye-opening scatterings of yellowed newspaper footprints, handwritten lists and aged, intimate snapshots make vivid this beautifully told true story of hardship, generosity and the pulling together of communities torn to opposite sides of war.

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

A Recipe for Resolution: Enemy Pie

Friday, August 24, 2007.

Enemy PieAuthor: Derek Munson
Illustrator: Tara Calahan King (on JOMB)
Published: Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 081182778X

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What takes more courage than agreeing to spend an entire day with your number one enemy? Not much. This peppy parable proposes a plucky new approach to sticky social situations.

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Heritage and Hope: The Lotus Seed

Friday, June 29, 2007.

The Lotus SeedAuthor: Sherry Garland
Illustrator: Tatsuro Kiuchi
Published: Harcourt Brace Children’s Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152014837

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Glowing, earth-toned illustrations and swift, soothing narrative capture the loss and longing of a life tossed by the turbulence of Vietnam.

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Holding Hope for Humanity: Freedom Child of the Sea

Saturday, June 16, 2007.

Freedom Child of the SeaAuthor: Richardo Keens-Douglas
Illustrator: Julia Gukova
Published: Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550373730

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Absorbing artwork and intimate narrative relay a haunting yet delicately hopeful tale of cruelty, oppression and the promise of humanity.

Hypnotising Beauty: Lugalbanda – The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War

Friday, May 25, 2007.

Lugalbanda -- The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War (an epic tale from ancient Iraq)Told By: Kathy Henderson
Illustrator: Jane Ray (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763627828

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This warmly worded and intricately illustrated epic enchants our daughters with its exotic beauty and its underlying themes of kindness and generosity, in spite of its war and gore and shark-toothed, eagle-taloned Anzu birds.

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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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Taste and Tolerance: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon

Friday, May 11, 2007.

Herb, the Vegetarian DragonAuthor: Jules Bass
Illustrator: Debbie Harter
Published: 2001 Barefoot Books
ISBN: 1905236476

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Crackling with colour and humourous detail, this stimulating fairy tale catapults a kingdom from peer-pressure and pillaging to peaceful co-existence.

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