Interview with Zetta Elliott

Monday, December 8, 2008.

Remember that ad in which a not-so-grown boy said “things sure have changed since when I was a little kid”?  We like to think that’s true of children’s books and, when we think about it, it must be.  If children’s books hadn’t come as far as they have, we wouldn’t have books that tackle issues; books like Not in Room 204, Gleam and Glow and Bird.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Zetta Elliott, author of the book Bird, about publishing picture books that tackle real-life issues like drug addiction, getting published in foreign markets and being daring as both book publishers and book buyers.

To hear more of the conversation with Zetta, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website,, in time for the December 2008 issue which will include a link to more of our conversation.

Word Count Worries? What’s your opinion?

Saturday, December 6, 2008.

In today’s busy and fast-paced world, there are perhaps as many reasons to not read a book as there are to read one.

On this edition, we consider word count as one of the key reasons why many adults, parents and teachers alike, pass on reading some books aloud.

Be sure to share your thoughts on word count: post a comment or leave a voice message on our hotline, +1.206.350.6487.

Some generously worded books on JOMB:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book, or one of our many book and reading related discussions. Leave us a voice message on the JOMB listener hotline, +1.206.350.6487.

Filed under: Discussions,Podcast

Click to help “My Own Book” donate 8000 books

Saturday, December 6, 2008.

With a click of your mouse you can help generous, determined teenagers Kyle and Brady Baldwin, former guests of our JustOneMoreBook! podcast, to buy 8000 books for children who need them.

Just click this link then put a check in the box next to “My Own Book” (you’ll have to select a second since the site requires you to register two votes at the same time), scroll to the bottom and specify your age range (no need to give personal details), then click Vote. It’s that easy!

They need your vote. It would be fabulous if we could all vote for them every day this month! And do spread the word!

More about these dedicated teenagers and their efforts to empower others through literacy:

Filed under: News and Notes

Readie Jeebies: When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Friday, December 5, 2008.

When Louis Armstrong Taught Me ScatAuthor: Muriel Harris-Weinstein (on JOMB)
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811851311

Blithe bobbling, babbling and blowing of bubbles in cheery sherbet pinks and lime get our lips slipping and our tongues tripping and leave us finger-snapping, toe-tapping and scatting every time.

Other books mentioned:

More music on JOMB:

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Amber Santos shares her love of Charlotte’s Web (by E. B. Lewis).

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.

Excerpt of Louis Armstrong from a recording of Ain’t Mishavin’ found on The Internet Archive.

Paw-ject Runway: Doggie in the Window

Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

Doggie in the WindowAuthor: Elaine Arsenault
Illustrator: Fanny
Published: 2003 Groundwood Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0888996195

Adorably hilarious illustrations and snappy, understated text make this imaginative tale of a truly crafty canine a swoon and coo storytime favourite.

If you’re wondering how on earth the author came up with this very bizaare plot, here’s your answer.

More dogs on JOMB:

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.

Interview with Karen Raab

Monday, December 1, 2008.

Perhaps because of the dedicated children’s picture book art galleries there has been a rise in dedicated children’s picture book art sections in traditional galleries and we keep learning about special events for children’s picture book artists.  Anyway, it seems that children’s picture book art is becoming increasingly recognized and respected.

We were recently contacted by the Chemers Gallery (Chemer’s Gallery Blog) in Tustin, California to inform us of their 17th annual Children’s Book Illustration Show taking place from December 6 through 20, 2008, with a special event for the show opening taking place from 1-5pm on the 6th.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book!! is Karen Raab, owner of the Chemers Gallery, who tells us more about their exciting event which benefits Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

This year’s artists:

Photo of Karen Raab by Paul Rodriguez, The Orange County Register.


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