Interview with Philip Lee

Monday, October 13, 2008.

Philip LeeMark recently attended the second annual Kidlit Conference, a gathering of bloggers, podcasters, authors and illustrators, in Portland, Oregon.

During the conference Mark had the opportunity to meet and speak with some fascinating people. Take for example, Philip Lee, one of the founders of Lee and Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher that focuses on diversity.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Philip Lee tells Mark about life after his departure from Lee and Low and taking risks in publishing books about diversity.

Links to resources mentioned by Philip:

Ruminating on the Rules of Reading Aloud

Sunday, October 12, 2008.

Today we stray from our standard format to read a few listener comments about the importance of holding an actual book while reading aloud to a group of students. If you feel strongly one way or the other, we’d love to hear your view.

HOTLINE VOICES: An anonymous contributor shares her thoughts about Yoon and the Jade Bracelet (by Helen Recorvits and Gabi Swiatkowska)

A Captivating Chronicle: If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor)

Friday, October 10, 2008.

If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, 1918)Author: Jean Little
Published: 2007 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439988373

Beautifully bound in a soft unevenly edged journal and told with humour, innocence, intimacy and affection, the daily entries of a fictional twelve year old disclose the spellbinding details of life during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19.

Our daughter Lucy (9) also contributes to the discussion of the book, which she tells us is part of her current favourite series.

More books touching on war and peace on JOMB:

More illness on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Michelle Mulder from Victoria, British Columbia shares her thoughts on The Composition (by Antonio Skarmeta and Alfonso Ruano). Thanks, Michelle!

Of Flash and Forgiveness: The Worst Best Friend

Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

The Worst Best FriendAuthor: Alexis O’Neill (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0545010233

Sunny school-yard action, frisky text and heaps of humorous details propel us through bliss, boastfulness, betrayal and back again in this spirited tale of friendship lost and found.

Other books mentioned:

HOTLINE VOICES: An unidentified JOMB listener/author/illustrator recommends Kiss Good Night (by Amy Hest) and Dig Dig Digging (by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe).

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.

To those of you celebrating Yom Kippur, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

Interview with Ian Whybrow on Booktrust and Booktime

Monday, October 6, 2008.

Ian Whybrow on the BBCNot everyone has the means to own children’s books; some have other priorities. And, with the increasing pace of the modern era, a growing number of parents are finding it difficult to find the time or energy to sit down with their children to read together.

Two years almost to the day after his first appearance on Just One More Book!!, author of the Little Wolf series and the Harry and the Dinosaurs books popularized through their own television show, Ian Whybrow returns, this time to discuss an initiative to put two free books in the hands of children who are reporting to school for the first time of their academic career in the hopes of encouraging parents to read aloud with their children.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Photo: Captured from the BBC report

Comic Currency: The Hilarious Adventures of Mish and Mash

Saturday, October 4, 2008.

The Hilarious Adventures of Mish and MashIllustrator: Remie Geoffroi
Published: 2008 OwlKids
ISBN: 2895792089

Loads of grade-school laughs, visual variety and the ongoing antics of the two exuberant monsters who are building the book make this collection of riddles, jokes and activities a take-anywhere stash of performance opportunities and entertainment.

Other books mentioned:

HOTLINE VOICES: Kimberley Clayton Blaine of shares one of her favourites, Slinky Malinky (written by Lynley Dodd and illustrated by Mallinson Rendel).

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.

Slick Bedtime Soft Shoe: Darkness Slipped In

Friday, October 3, 2008.

titleValAuthor: Ella Burfoot
Illustrator: Ella Burfoot
Published: 2008 Kingfisher (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0753462095

Glossy black skulking is no match for unflappable spunk in this inventively illustrated bedtime ditty.

Other books mentioned:

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Tracy Rallison for telling us about The Rainy Day (by Anna Milbourne and Sarah Gill)

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.

A Book in the Hand is Worth….?

Thursday, October 2, 2008.

Well, our listeners didn’t weigh in yesterday on the perils of reading to a class with the help of a document camera and projector, but we did put the question out to Twitter and the few responses we received were highly in favour of book-in-hand group reading and the tactile pleasures of the paper book.

Which reminds us that we participated in a conversation this spring on an episode of John Meadows’ On The Log podcast about the future of the book in the age of technology. You can listen to that conversation here.

What do you think? Will we ever abandon the paper book?

Filed under: Podcast

Of Horror and Heroism: The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)Author: Mark Greenwood (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Frané Lessac (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639133

Deceptively simple looking folk art illustrations, uncluttered narration and sparse, intimate utterings deliver some of the dark, disturbing details of war in this eye-opening, true tale of courage, carnage and camaraderie.

More war and peace on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Bobby (a grade two teacher in Phoenix, AZ) describes a difference of opinion between he and his fiancée (a grade one teacher) and asks the question, what is the best way to read books to a group of children?

Nominate Your Favourites of 2008: The Cybils Start Today

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards so pop over to and nominate your favourite book of 2008 in each of nine categories from picture books up to young adult fiction.

Nominations close on October 15 2008 so do it today, since, as Horrid Henry says, later often happily turns to never

This year, I have the honour of joining the following fabulous KidLit Bloggers on the Non-Fiction Picture Books committees :

First Round Judges:

David Judge of Adventures at Wilder Farm
Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect
Becky Bilby of In the Pages
Debbie Nance of Readerbuzz
Jone MacCulloch of Check It Out

Final Judges:

Fiona Bayrock of Books and ‘Rocks
Candice Ransom of Ellsworth’s Journal
Andrea Beaty of Three Silly Chicks
Andrea Ross of Just One More Book!
Emily Mitchell of Emily Reads

so be sure to nominate some great non-fiction and make our job a tough one!

PS. You can check out 2008 publications on JOMB here.

Filed under: Cybils,News and Notes

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