Interview with Gloria Houston: Grieving, Life and Children’s Books

Monday, September 15, 2008.

Gloria HoustonWe’ve often suggested on Just One More Book!! that children’s books are an important way to introduce children to complex topics. Death and the celebration of life is one such topic and we’ve reviewed books such as My Great-Aunt Arizona and Gleam and Glow as great books to help children understand the cycle of life.

While she may be best known for her work in promoting writing as a literacy tool, Gloria Houston has used children’s books as part of her work with grieving children.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author and educator Gloria Houston about the value of children’s book in helping children understand death and the cycle of life.

Other books mentioned:

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Mark’s Uncle, Earl Blevis, who passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008.

The Art and Books of Maurice Sendak

Saturday, September 13, 2008.

Maurice Sendak exhibitMark was in Philadelphia last weekend to attend a conference called PodCamp Philly. The sessions focused on social media and podcasting.

After delivering a session, Mark was approached by Melissa Thiessen who told him about an exhibit of art and children’s books by Maurice Sendak.

So, on the Sunday, Mark and his three new friends piled into a car and hustled out to the Rosenbach Museum and Library where they raced through the exhibit in thirty-minutes during a break before rushing back in time to participate in a panel discussion.

This episode features a discussion among four people, connected by a love of children’s books, sharing what they learned and what they love most about Maurice Sendak and his books. Which just goes to show that, like pop culture discussions, children’s book discussions can take place anywhere; even in cars.

Conversation participants:

Also on this edition, our listener hotline takes a call from Knoxville, Tennessee about the book Monster Mama (written by Liz Rosenberg and illustrated by Stephen Gammell). Thanks for calling!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Bedbug Busters: But If They Do…

Friday, September 12, 2008.

But If They DoAuthor: Bill Richardson
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550377868

Toasty tones, a hint of terror and boisterous, confident rhyme make this gleeful triumph over imagined dangers a rowdy and reassuring bedtime read.

Other books mentioned:

More bedtime and frights on JOMB:

Stay tuned at the end of this review for a special treat:
Author/Illustrator extraordinaire, Mo Willems, shares his thoughts on Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, a new book written and illustrated by Bob Shea.

Pop over to Biblio File for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Sterility is the Smother of Invention: Inventor McGregor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Inventor McGregorAuthor: Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrator: Michael Chesworth
Published: 2006 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374336067

Snappy storytelling and lively illustrations convey how disorder and diversions inspire an oasis of creativity while a sterile environment can be like a desert for an inventive mind.

Other books mentioned:

Interview with Suzan Nadimi

Monday, September 8, 2008.

Suzan NadimiIt seems obvious now, but before conducting the interview you’re about to hear I had never considered how each culture, each part of the world has its own unique style to storytelling.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Suzan Nadimi, author of The Rich Man and the Parrot talks about adapting a centuries-old Persian story for modern-day western culture and the difference between eastern and western storytelling.

Children’s books by Suzan Nadimi:

Photo provided by Suzan Nadimi.

Love of Reading Gallery – Andy J. Smith

Saturday, September 6, 2008.

Love of Reading Gallery - BookxplosionAs part of the second anniversary celebrations of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast, we’ve been conducting short interviews with each of 51 contributors to our Love of Reading Gallery. These interviews are being published as extra shows in our interview feed until we’ve interviewed everyone who contributed to the gallery prior to June 15.

On this edition, Mark speaks with illustrator Andy J. Smith about his contribution called Bookxplosion and the process finding a unique style.

Be sure to enjoy all of the amazing artwork in our Love of Reading Gallery.

Prehistoric Rock: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

Friday, September 5, 2008.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur StompAuthor: Carol Diggory Shields
Illustrator: Scott Nash
Published: 1997 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763638870

Thirty one pages of rowdy, rhyming rumpus slide sneakily to a snuggly spread of catchy yawns and snores in this satisfying bedtime bash.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Wild Rose Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Welcome Ramadan: Night of the Moon (A Muslim Holiday Story)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

The Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday StoryAuthor: Hena Khan
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811860620

Luminous geometric patterning, spacious blue views of the changing moon and warm orange spreads of bustling celebration give us a gorgeous glimpse of the treats and traditions of Ramadan.

More of Islam and the Arab World on JOMB:

Love of Reading Gallery – Cyd Moore

Monday, September 1, 2008.

Love of Reading Gallery - Cyd MooreThere’s one thing you can count on when it comes children’s book creators; they’re wildly passionate about what they do and what they believe in which is typically literacy and a love of reading.

Count illustrator Cyd Moore among that crowd. I called Cyd to interview her about Book Buddies, her contribution to our Love of Reading Gallery and when I brought up literacy and love of reading in general, she took off, joking that she’d jumped on her soapbox. And you know what? It was great. I could have talked to her for hours.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, illustrator Cyd Moore shares her personal experiences with children’s books and her passion for getting children hooked on reading.

Among Cyd’s illustration credits are:

  • Willlow
  • I Love You Stinky Face (and other books in the Stinky face series)
  • Room for Rabbit

Books mentioned:

  • Missing Rabbit

Be sure to enjoy all of the amazing artwork in our Love of Reading Gallery.


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