Libsyn support rocks; Jane Ray interview will publish on schedule

Sunday, January 13, 2008.

Just as I decided to pack it in for the night and wait on Libsyn support to punch-in on Monday morning, I noticed that the support tech had logged in to the Libsyn live (Meebo) service on their support site. I nabbed the guy as quickly as I could and explained the upload problem I’ve been having. He contacted the server team and they discovered a disk error and fixed it right away.

Because Libsyn service rocks, the Jane Ray interview will be published on schedule.

Thanks, Libsyn!

Filed under: News and Notes

Libsyn problems delay availability of Jane Ray interview

Sunday, January 13, 2008.

This week’s interview is with illustrator/author Jane Ray. Unfortunately, we have been unable to successfully upload the show to our file host provider, Libsyn. A ticket with their support team has been opened and the show will be published as soon as the problem is corrected — likely during business hours on Monday (Jan 21).

We apologize for the delay.

Filed under: Notes

Listener Submitted Reviews #16

Saturday, January 12, 2008.

In this episode, we read a a listener submitted review and our daughter Lucy tells us about one of her current favourite authors.

Books reviewed:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

A Rhyming Bedtime Romp: Roar of a Snore

Friday, January 11, 2008.

Roar of a SnoreAuthor: Marsha Diane Arnold (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pierre Pratt (on JOMB) view portfolio
Published: 2006 Penguin Young Reader (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0803729367

Gorgeously funky, dark but glowing illustrations and soon-to-be classic rhyme take us on a midnight journey from bleak solo sleeplessness to the blissful comfort of a snuggly, loving clump in this lighthearted bedtime adventure.

Other books mentioned:

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Sneaky, Cheeky, Catchy: Where in the Wild?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed ... and RevealedAuthor: David Schwartz & Yael Schy
Illustrator: Dwight Kuhn
Published: 2007 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462070

Ten pleasantly familiar animals perch boldly exposed — yet cleverly concealed — in full page photographs tossing tantalizing clues to their whereabouts through an assortment of snappy, lyrical, comical and informative poems in this 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Award Finalist.

Click here for the Tricycle Press Reading Guide.

Pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the 2007 Cybils finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

Learning Magazine features Just One More Book!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008.

learning_jan08_thumb.jpgLearning Magazine‘s January 2008 issue is the Teachers’ Choice Edition and it’s packed with information about educational resources, school supplies and children’s books.

The Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast is honoured to be included in the FYI section which is described as Contests, freebies, great deals, and must-see Web sites — here are a few of our favorites.

If you’re a Learning Magazine reader who’s popping in for the first time, welcome! We hope you find some new favourite children’s books — and that you’ll tell us about some of yours.

Filed under: News and Notes

Interview with 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Panelists Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Fiona Bayrock

Monday, January 7, 2008.

2007 Cybils Awards

Fall 2007 reading at our house had a higher than usual non-fiction slant as Andrea joined kidLit bloggers:

on the Non-Fiction Picture Books nominating committee for the second annual Cybils Awards.

In celebration of today’s announcement of finalists in Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels categories of the 2007 Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, Mark speaks with Non-Fiction Picture Book panelists Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Fiona Bayrock about a nomination and finalist process done completely online and how a team of five people were able to collaborate to pick seven of forty-six books.

Be sure to pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the fabulous finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

You can also check out some of the panelists’ thoughts on some of the 46 nominated titles:

Filed under: Interviews,Podcast

Cybil Resistance: Go To Bed, Monster!

Friday, January 4, 2008.

Go to Bed, Monster!Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Sylvie Kantorovitz
Published: 2007 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152057757

Featuring playful, childlike drawings, imaginary adventure and the familiar ping-pong interaction of every stall tactic in the book, this 2007 Cybils Award Finalist turns the tables on the theatrical endurance test we call “bedtime”.

Other books mentioned:

Be sure to check out the freshly announced list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here. And stay tuned — the finalists in the Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels categories of The 2007 Cybils Awards will be announced in three short days!

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

One Thousand TracingsAuthor: Lita Judge
Illustrator: Lita Judge
Published: 2007 Hyperion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1423100085

Eye-opening scatterings of yellowed newspaper footprints, handwritten lists and aged, intimate snapshots make vivid this beautifully told true story of hardship, generosity and the pulling together of communities torn to opposite sides of war.

Other books mentioned:

More books about generosity on JOMB:

More books about war and peace on JOMB:

Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.


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