Interview with John Mennell

Saturday, June 30, 2007.

Magazine Publishers Family Literacy ProjectHave you ever wondered what you can do with your old magazines? What can book stores and publishers do with their overstock? It’s easy to overlook the role that magazines play in literacy and the powerful ideas that can be devised by trying to solve both literacy and hunger problems.

Mark speaks with John Mennell, founder of the Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project. To learn more and even become a volunteer, listen to this interview then visit

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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

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

To learn more about Lotus Flowers, click here.

Exits, Entrances and our Ephemeral Existence: Barn

Wednesday, June 27, 2007.

BarnAuthor: Debby Atwell
Illustrator: Debby Atwell
Published: 1996 Houghton Mifflin Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618153160

Ever occupied with the details of existence, generations of fleeting lives brush past the stalwart narrator spinning a tale of contrast and continuance that is a humbling reminder of the beauty and brevity of life.

A quick update

Sunday, June 24, 2007.

We attended the Podcasters Across Borders conference this past weekend where 86 amazing children’s books were collected as part of a book drive for Kingston’s Central Public School.  The conference attendees also donated $291 to the school.

As a result of our busy weekend at the conference, the June 25 episode will be delayed by one day.

Filed under: News and Notes

Seuss Meets Slapstick: Today I Will Fly

Friday, June 22, 2007.

Today I Will FlyAuthor: Mo Willems (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Mo Willems
Published: 2007 Hyperion
ISBN: 1423102959

Four friends, forty-four easy-to-read words and forty-seven phenomenally funny interactions empower even the earliest reader to provide satisfying read-aloud entertainment for the whole family.

We can’t help directing you to some of our other favourite books on the themes of pigs and flying:

Fur and Feathers: Saving Samantha – A True Story

Wednesday, June 20, 2007.

Saving Samantha: A True StoryAuthor: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Published: 2004 Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 1585362204

Warm, realistic illustrations and generous, unimposing text vividly recreate the thrill of befriending an injured fox pup and the bittersweet satisfaction of her eventual return to the wild. I don’t think our two daughters could be more excited about this story if they had lived it themselves!

Interview with Anna Olswanger

Monday, June 18, 2007.

Shlemiel CrooksSome people have the opportunity to understand the children’s book industry from several sides.

Mark speaks with Anna Olswanger about being both a children’s book author and a literary agent, and how to capture your own story.

Books mentioned:

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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

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

Revenge of the Words: Oliver Has Something to Say!

Friday, June 15, 2007.

Oliver Has Something to SayAuthor: Pamela Edwards
Illustrator: Louis Pilon
Published: 2007 Lobster Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897073526

Slurps, spaghetti, grimaces and gasps seem to spurt from the page in this animated escapade of a younger sibling who finally finds his voice.

Art Unleashed: Dogs’ Night

Wednesday, June 13, 2007.

Dogs' NightAuthor: Meredith Hooper
Illustrator: Allan Curless and Mark Burgess
Published: Frances Lincoln (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1845076885

Painstakingly reproduced masterpieces and perfectly rambunctious dogs bring to life this playful tale of a pack of pickled pooches who slip from their painted homes to bring mischief and mayhem to the National Gallery of London.

More Art on JOMB:

Interview with Teri Sloat

Monday, June 11, 2007.

Teri SloatSo many cultures depend on storytelling to preserve themselves and their traditions, yet so few of those stories have been published properly, or at all, in children’s books.

Mark speaks with author/illustrator Teri Sloat about preserving and rejuvenating first nations stories in picture books as part of the First Languages Program.

Books mentioned:

Other links:

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Waiting at The Door to Unger: Knock 4

Saturday, June 9, 2007.

Waiting at the Door to UngerWaiting at the Door to Unger is our ongoing series of Podcast interviews in which we follow the process of writing, editing and publishing Lee Edward Fodi‘s book Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, the long awaited sequel to Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers.

In this fourth knock at the Door to Unger, Lee Edward Fodi talks about plans for marketing and promotion, and keeping things fresh in the public speaking circuit.

Also mentioned

  • The Chocolatier’s Apprentice (illustrated by Lee)

Sound effect: Concrete blocks moving from the Freesound project


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