Bovine Backbone: When Pigs Fly

Friday, March 30, 2007.

When Pigs FlyAuthor: Valerie Coulman
Illustrator: Rogé Girard
Published: 2003 Lobster Press
ISBN: 1894222792

Warm, curvy, character-filled acrylic paintings and a dependable, spunky refrain make this tale of optimism and determination a delight for eyes and spirit alike.

Other books mentioned: Tudley Didn’t Know

Longing to Belong: Amelia’s Road

Wednesday, March 28, 2007.

Amelia's RoadAuthor: Linda Jacobs Altman
Illustrator: Enrique O. Sanchez
Published: 1995 Lee & Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 188000027X

This beautifully illustrated and simply told tale of yearning, creativity and hope invites us to wonder about the story behind our supper and the luxury of having a place to call home.

Other books mentioned: The Table Where Rich People Sit

Interview with Alvina Ling

Monday, March 26, 2007.

Alvina LingMark speaks with editor Alvina Ling about her progression in the book publishing industry, the role of an editor, and taking risks to bring Jimmy Liao’s magical book, The Sound of Colors, to North America.

Books mentioned:

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Photo: The Career Cookbook

We know you want to…

Saturday, March 24, 2007.

Podcasters Across BordersToday we stray from our beloved children’s books to invite you into the podcasting fold.

If you’re a podcaster — or a podcaster-to-be who is in need of a nudge — Kingston, Ontario is the place to be the weekend of June 22-24, 2007.

Podcasters Across Borders 2007, the second annual not-for-profit international podcasting extravaganza, will provide you with a full arsenal of podcasting how-tos — from audio production techniques to podcast promotion and podcasting in an educational setting — and a chance to spend a weekend with generous, talented, friendly members of the Canadian, American, Argentinian and British podcasting community.

PAB 2006 resulted in our “Just One More Book!” podcast. If 2007 is half as inspiring and half as much fun, it will be well worth the $75CDN.

Hope to see you there!

  • Click HERE to see details of the 2007 conference
  • Click HERE to see 2006 conference notes and listen to the sessions
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More than a Mimic: If You Were A Parrot

Friday, March 23, 2007.

If You Were A ParrotAuthor: Katherine Rawson
Illustrator: Sherry Rogers
Published: 2006 Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN: 0976494396

How can I have lived this long and never noticed that two of a parrot’s toes are on backwards? This playful and original book about life as a parrot is as entertaining as it is educational. My view of parrots is forever changed!

Have Self-Worth, Will Travel: The Recess Queen

Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

The Recess QueenAuthor: Alexis O’Neill (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0439206375

The ability to offhandedly deflate a bully, with neither anamosity nor remorse, is my idea of heaven — and is high on my wishlist for my daughters. This snappily told story of unwavering self-worth and the power of cheerful assertion gives us hope — and lots of laughs.

Putting ALL Children In the Picture

Monday, March 19, 2007.

In The Picture logoMark speaks with Susan Clow, president of In The Picture, an organization devoted to “Putting disabled children In The Picture“, about disablism, the organization’s 10 guiding principles and the benefits and challenges of creating books which can be enjoyed by all children.

Author Joyce Dunbar, a volunteer with the In The Picture organization, has provided her thoughts on the importance of the organization:

Joyce Dunbar:

“So many children’s books are about unconditional love: GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU is the best known example. But what about the children who need that reassurance more than most – but are simply not there, not visible, not even in the picture? This initiative is to make sure that they are there – not necessarily as the star of the show – but incidentally, as part of the human tapestry. Twenty years ago ethnic minorities were similarly disregarded. That is unthinkable now.”

“I’m deaf myself and so is my son, so this is of particular concern to me. (more…)

Sticks and Stones: The Killick

Friday, March 16, 2007.

The Killick: A Newfoundland StoryAuthor: Geoff Butler
Illustrator: Geoff Butler
Published: 1998 Tundra Books
ISBN: 0613094581

Hauntingly rich oil paintings and candid, thought provoking narrative tell a heartbreaking and historically significant tale that provides a glimpse of the tragedies that have shaped the Newfoundland character.

Other books mentioned: Grayboy

Listener Submitted Reviews #10

Thursday, March 15, 2007.

In this episode, two Listener Submitted Reviews:

The winner of a hardcover copy of Nutcracker Noel autographed by Jim and Kate McMullan is announced.

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.

Supreme Esteem: Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick

Wednesday, March 14, 2007.

Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick Author: Roz Rosenbluth
Illustrator: Maurie J. Manning
Published: 2005 Flashlight Press
ISBN: 0972922555

Told from the perspective of a caring school boy and brought to life by breezy, evocative illustrations, this uplifting story propels us from feelings of adoration and honour, through dread and embarrassment and, finally, to understanding and appreciation. Who says nice guys finish last?

Conversation with Daniel Pinkwater

Monday, March 12, 2007.

Daniel Pinkwater -- courtesy of 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, 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 speaks with author Daniel Pinkwater about promoting children’s books on NPR, spending six months in his “jammies” to write The Neddiad, using the web to build an audience for the book, and why he writes children’s books.

Books mentioned:

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Hamming it up: Swine Lake

Friday, March 9, 2007.

Swine LakeAuthor: James Marshall
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Published: 1999 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062051717

Hilariously melodramatic monologue, generous, engaging narrative and classic Sendak illustrations make this theatrical romp a favourite of adults and children alike.


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