Interview with Andree Poulin

Monday, April 30, 2007.

Andree PoulinIncredible stories can emerge from natural disasters including Tsunamis. Those miracles can be the seeds for great children’s books that introduce some of the weightier issues in life to children in a productive way.

Mark speaks with French-language author Andree Poulin about her book Une Maman Pour Khadir, French-language publishing and delivering workshops in schools.

Other books mentioned:

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Recognizing Rivalry: Zelda and Ivy

Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Zelda and IvyAuthor: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Illustrator: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Published: 2002 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)

Through a cunning combination of body language and dialogue, these candid stories shed light on the confusion and comradery of the social experiment we call “siblinghood”.

Books mentioned: Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door
Podcasts mentioned: Desperate Husbands

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Prejudice and Perfect Pitch: Across the Alley

Friday, April 27, 2007.

Across The AlleyAuthor: Richard Michelson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 GP Putnam & Son
ISBN: 0399239707

Gorgeously illustrated and intimately told, this tale of friendship and understanding is an inspiring tribute to the distinctions and connections that define us.

A Parent’s Hopeful Panorama: Someday

Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

SomedayAuthor: Alison McGhee
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928111

Breezy illustrations and stirring text whisk mother and daughter through memories of the precious past and into dreams of a richly textured future in this hopeful celebration of life and love.

Other books mentioned:

Interview with Sonja Cole

Monday, April 23, 2007.

Sonja ColeIf you think librarians can’t be technology savvy, you probably haven’t heard of Book Wink. It’s a video podcast with a mission of inspiring kids in grades three through eight to read and connect with books.

Mark speaks with Book Wink’s Sonja Cole about using technology to inspire kids to read, trust in the people who recommend books, and trusting your children’s book selections.

Books discussed:

KidLit Resources mentioned:

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Team Glean: The Dumpster Diver (Happy Earth Day!)

Saturday, April 21, 2007.

The Dumpster DiverAuthor: Janet S. Wong (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Roberts
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763623806

Crawling with cockroaches, crankiness and whole lot of creativity, this imaginative story of community recycling makes saving the earth a cheeky adventure.

For information about’s KinderHarvest magazine recycling initiative, click here.

Podcasts mentioned:

Hands On Language: Max’s Words

Friday, April 20, 2007.

Max's WordsAuthor: Kate Banks
Illustrator: Boris Kulikov
Published: 2006 Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 0374399492

Language leaps to life in this engaging story of competition, character and cultivating a thirst for words.

Other books mentioned: Cherries and Cherry Pits

Literally Gorgeous: Monkey Business

Wednesday, April 18, 2007.

Monkey BusinessAuthor: Wallace Edwards (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Wallace Edwards
Published: 2004 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553374622

Ever wonder what pops into puzzled little minds when you throw them a new expression? This clever book, cluttered with texture, humour and eccentricity, may have your answer.

You can find a thorough and informative analysis of this book here.

Mark will be covering the International Reading Association’s 52nd Annual Conference “Literacy without boundaries”, May 13-17, 2007 in Toronto. If you’ll be there and are interested being included in the JOMB coverage of the event, please contact us at to set up an interview.

Interview with Bob Sprankle

Monday, April 16, 2007.

Bobby Bucket ShowSometimes, people are so passionate about a particular topic that they’ll do something crazy — like, create a podcast.

Elementary school teacher Bob Sprankle is one of those people. In the summer of 2005, he created the Bobby Bucket Show — a podcast about children’s books that introduced children to books thematically, taught comprehension and literary devices using guest characters, interviewed book creators and did on-location reporting in libraries and book stores.

Mark speaks with teacher and podcaster Bob Sprankle about the Bobby Bucket Show, introducing books to children, getting hooked on reading no matter what the book, and using books to learn about the weightier issues of life.

Books promoted:

During the interview, there is a one minute section about 11 minutes in to the show that has audible crackling in it. We apologize that we were not able to correct this short inconvenience.

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Listener Submitted Reviews #11

Saturday, April 14, 2007.

In this episode, a very nice audio comment from illustrator Andy J. Smith, member of, and two Listener Submitted Reviews:

Many thanks to Livia, Andy and Jillian for participating in JOMB and to those of you who have sent us feedback via email and have spread the JOMB word in your own circles. We really appreciate your support.

Listeners who submit reviews before May 30, 2007 will be entered in a draw to win an autographed copy of The Call to Shakabaz.

If you would like to share your thoughts on a favourite children’s book, please 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), leave a two-minute MyChingo, or send your text review in email.

Imagine Generosity: The White Stone in the Castle Wall

Friday, April 13, 2007.

The White Stone in the Castle WallAuthor: Sheldon Oberman
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887763863

Historically accurate illustrations and unusually poetic narrative bring to life the plight of a young boy struggling to earn a single dollar and the genuine kindness of Sir Henry Pellatt.

Other books about Casa Loma: The Cat and the Wizard

Soul Force and Spice Cake: The Call to Shakabaz

Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

The Call To ShakabazAuthor: Amy Wachspress
Published: 2007 Woza Books
ISBN: 0978835026

Colour, music, scents and sentiment spill out of this pictureless fantasy novel and sweep us into a story of suspense, self-discovery and nonviolent resistance. Our girls laughed, swooned, quaked and cheered — then happily chirped “Satyagraha!”.

Other books mentioned: The Meanest Doll in the World

Check out our interview with author Amy Wachspress here.


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