Best of 2006: Cybils shortlists

Saturday, December 30, 2006.

Just One More Book podcastWith the announcement of the Cybils shortlists coming in two days, we talk about our role in the awards process.

We also announce that we will contribute CDN$1.00 to the Raise-A-Reader Foundation for each comment left on our site in January 2007 as part of an initiative by (some restrictions apply).

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Slapstick Silliness: Wait! No Paint!

Friday, December 29, 2006.

Wait! No Paint!Author: Bruce Whatley
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Published: 2001 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064435466

It’s a bad day for the Three Little Pigs. Full of slapstick silliness and colourful character/illustrator interactions, this twist on the traditional tale tickles our two.

Tricking the Trickster: Borreguita and the Coyote

Wednesday, December 27, 2006.

Borreguita And The CoyoteAuthor: Verna Aardema
Illustrator: Petra Mathers
Published: 1998 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0679889361

It’s tough to tell who’s the underdog in this colourful folk tale full of character and cleverness: the hungry coyote or the spunky lamb. We love them both!

Interview with Elizabeth Schlenther about Bibliotherapy

Monday, December 25, 2006.

Healthy BooksMark speaks with hospital librarian, author and bibliotherapist Elizabeth Schlenther about her Healthy Books website, an online bibliography of more than 1400 children’s books organized into 44 different categories of emotional, physical, social and mental health.

Healthybooks is hosted on the CILIP website by the Health Libraries Group.

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Good Clean Fun: The Piggy in The Puddle

Friday, December 22, 2006.

The Piggy in the PuddleAuthor: Charlotte Pomerantz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: James Marshall
Published: 1989 Aladdin
ISBN: 0689712936

Crackling with lipsmackingly silly rhyme and hilarious James Marshall illustrations, this book is like read aloud popcorn — I bet you can’t stop after just one page.

Friendship Gives Flight: Chopsticks

Wednesday, December 20, 2006.

ChopsticksAuthor: Jon Berkeley
Illustrator: Jon Berkeley
Published: 2005 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192724568

Brought to life by a gorgeous selection of colours, textures and settings, this simple story of friendship and dreams transports us to another world.

Thanks to Charles, of the Desperate Husbands Podcast, for nominating us for a Podcast Peer Award!

Sounds from the Forest 2: The First Annual Cybils

Monday, December 18, 2006.

The 2006 CybilsJust One More Book! is a regular contributor to the online Children’s Literature Monthly Journal, The Edge of the Forest.This information-packed online resource includes book reviews (from picture books to young adult), interviews, the latest news from the online children’s/YA literature community and much more.

Our monthly audio segment is called Sounds from the Forest.

This month, Mark talks to Kelly Herold and Anne Boles Levy, co-founders of The Cybils, about the genesis of “The Coolest Children’s Book Awards”.

About Attitude: Nutcracker Noel

Friday, December 15, 2006.

Nutcracker NoelAuthor: Kate McMullan
Illustrator: Jim McMullan
Published: 1996 Harper Collins Canada, Limited
ISBN: 0062059106

Snappy dialogue and hilariously realistic body language bring to life a story that clearly illustrates the magic of a carefully crafted perspective. Generously sprinkled with subtle humour (for both adult and child), this is a year round family favourite.

We’ve received a lovely, meaty note from author, Kate McMullen. Check it out here.

Interview with Lisa Jahn-Clough

Wednesday, December 13, 2006.

Lisa Jahn-CloughMark speaks with author, illustrator and teacher, Lisa Jahn-Clough about writing books as both a child and an adult, leaving space for readers to explore stories on their own, and the role that personal journals have played in her writing.

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A Goat Giving Guest Gig on The CLIP Podcast

Tuesday, December 12, 2006.

CLIP PodcastThis week, Andrea had the immense pleasure of contributing to the inspiring and informative Critical Literacy in Practice podcast, CLIP Podcast.

The guest segment focuses on two fabulous books and two organizations that can help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures — just in time for the holiday season.

If you’re curious to know what Andrea sounds like without an espresso machine in the background, give it a listen here.

Thanks, Vivian!

Tips for buying: Features of great books

Monday, December 11, 2006.

Just One More BookAs our mouths thaw off, our discussion of the features that we love most about great books picks up energy. Which features do you like most in children’s books?

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Listener Submitted and Guest Reviews #7

Saturday, December 9, 2006.

In this episode, two Listener Submitted Reviews:

and our first Guest Review:

We hope you’ll tell us about one of your favourite books too!

Send your review (five-minutes or less) as an MP3 file in email to, phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487) or send your text review in email.


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