Interview with Nancy Traversy of Barefoot Books

Friday, July 13, 2007.

Nancy TraversyThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

It’s easy to forget that the amazing books we read are the products of publishing companies that exist within what some call a flawed economic model.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Nancy Traversy, co-founder of Barefoot Books — a company the publishes books to inspire and educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow — about her decision to pull their catalog from big box bookstores such as Borders and Chapters, and turning Barefoot Books green.

You can learn more about Barefoot Books by visiting their website, barefootbooks.com. (NOTE: the website automatically plays music)

Interview with Rick Wilks of Annick Press

Wednesday, July 11, 2007.

Rick WilksThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

A publisher was once asked how someone could start a small children’s book publishing company in Canada. The response ‘start a big one and wait’.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Rick Wilks about the thirty-two year evolution of his independent children’s book publishing company, Annick Press, from two books per year by kids for kids to thirty amazing titles each year. You can learn more about Annick Press by visiting their website, annickpress.com.

Photo: Annick Press

Interview with Stacy Nyikos of Stonehorse Publishing

Monday, July 9, 2007.

Stacy NyikosThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we’re running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

Did you know that sharks are shy? That squid can be any colour of the rainbow and light up like fireflies? How old were you when you learned these facts and how did you learn them?

Mark speaks with Stacy Nyikos, author and President of Stonehorse Publishing, about her company’s mandate to publish books about the world’s most exotic animals and wildlife. You can learn more about Stonehorse Publishing by visiting their website, stonehorsepublishing.com.

Interview with Dana Goldberg of Children’s Book Press

Saturday, July 7, 2007.

Dana GoldbergThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

In 1975 the movie Jaws scared us out of the ocean, the Red Sox lost the World Series and Andrei Sakharov won the Nobel Peace Prize. It was also the year that a publishing house, Children’s Book Press, set out to connect children with rich and varied cultures, their emerging identities and to each other — something that children’s books just didn’t do.

Mark speaks with Dana Goldberg about the unique vision and staying power of Children’s Book Press. You can learn more about Children’s Book Press by visiting their website, childrensbookpress.org.

Interview with John Thompson of Illumination Arts

Friday, July 6, 2007.

John Thompson of Illumination ArtsThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

Children’s books can be for much more than entertainment and education. They can help children understand themselves, the world around them and how to make each day great.

Mark speaks with Illumination Arts founder John Thompson about making the move from adult to children’s publishing, spirituality in children’s books and the economics of the publishing industry.

You can learn more about Illumination Arts by visiting their website, illumin.com.

Interview with Jessica Grass of Iris the Dragon

Wednesday, July 4, 2007.

Iris the DragonThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

One in five children suffers from mental illness. That’s a pretty significant number of children lacking quality resources for families and caregivers. So, when her own son was diagnosed with mental illness, Gayle Grass took matters into her own hands. She created Iris the Dragon, a series of picture books to help children and educators.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book! is Jessica Grass, head of marketing and education for Iris the Dragon. You can learn more about Iris the Dragon and the books in which she appears by visiting the website, iristhedragon.com.

Interview with Bruce Glassman of Red Cygnet Press

Monday, July 2, 2007.

Red Cygnet LogoThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 10 2007.

A baby swan, or cygnet, is not remarkable to look at though it will grow and be nurtured into a beautiful bird that we know as a swan. That image is the concept behind Red Cygnet Press, a publishing company that searches for and helps first-time children’s book authors have their work published.

On this edition of Just One More Book I speak with Bruce Glassman, co-founder of Red Cygnet Press.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Interviews with Margaret Quinlin, Jill Richardson, Will DeLamater and Beth Eaton

Tuesday, May 15, 2007.

This episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

Margaret Quinlan Jill Richardson Will DeLamater and Beth Eaton
Mark speaks with:

  • Margaret Quinlin of Peachtree Publishers shares the rewards and challenges of being an independent publisher.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Interview with Tony Stead

Sunday, May 13, 2007.

Tony SteadThis episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

Are non-fiction books a part of your child’s regular reading diet?

Mark speaks with educator and researcher Tony Stead about the importance of reading non-fiction and procedural-based books.

Books by Tony Stead:

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Interview with David Booth

Sunday, May 13, 2007.

David BoothThis episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

How can you interest your child in reading if it’s not something he or she is naturally drawn to?

Mark speaks with David Booth, Professor Emeritus in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and one of the leading experts on literacy in Canada, about engaging the reluctant reader.

Books by David Booth for teachers and parents:

Books by David Booth (for children and adults):

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

About

Sunday, July 2, 2006.

“Andrea and Mark” by Bob StaakeJust One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.

Each weekday morning, we take a few minutes out of our morning coffee ritual to discuss one of our many favourite children’s books. We also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children’s literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted audio reviews.

Through this podcast and its website, we are building a lively, interactive community linking children’s book authors, illustrators, readers (children, parents, educators and librarians) and publishers.

Episodes range in length from 5 to 30 minutes and can be played directly from our web page or downloaded to an iPod for listening on the go.

This podcast is powered by passion. We have no advertisers or sponsors. Our goal is to link children with great books and help create happy memories for children and the adults that read to them…and to have fun!

If you would like to share these conversations with others who are interested in connecting families and children with great children’s books, please feel free to link to this site and to pass it along to parents and teachers.

We hope you discover some new favourites!

— Andrea Ross & Mark Blevis

A huge thanks to author/illustrator Bob Staake for the hilariously accurate sketch of us, above.

Still Curious? read on…

If you’re curious about the people behind this podcast, you can read some of our story here:

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If you’re curious about the background sounds of milk steaming and espresso brewing, you can take a peek at the source. During Nico‘s 2007 visit to Ottawa, he took this photo of our cozy Just One More Book! coffee shop setting. (Thanks, Nico!)

And, if you’re curious about our audio equipment, you can take a peek at our coffee shop recording setup here.

More questions?
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