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Friday, January 16, 2009.

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Review of the Week feed fixed

Friday, January 16, 2009.

Last month we were notified by a subscriber that there was a problem with our “Review of the Week” feed — a feed that delivers our ‘favourite’ booktalk episode of that week (allowing subscribers to receive just one booktalk each week instead of three).

It did take a while, but Mark was finally able to identify and correct the problem, today.  If you’re a “Review of the Week” subscriber, there should be eight shows waiting for you.

Thank you for your patience!

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Rhyme and Measurement: On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

Friday, January 16, 2009.

On the Scale, a Weighty TaleAuthor: Brian Cleary (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brian Gable (on JOMB) & how can I resist this?
Published: 2008 Lerner Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822578514

Saucy cartoon-style illustrations and catchy rhyme make this gritty ditty so much fun it just may etch examples and relative sizes of ounces, grams, pounds, tons and tonnes into unsuspecting little minds.

More math on JOMB:

More cartoonist creations on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Sarah Hatfield of No Whey, Mama shares her thoughts about Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)

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.

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

Flimflam Flawlessness: The Empty Pot

Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

The Empty PotAuthor: Demi (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 1990 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805082271

This delicately illustrated tale of integrity and patience invites us to examine the perplexing pervasiveness of professed perfection.

Other books mentioned:

More honesty on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Gabbi tells us about her son’s favourite part of I Love You Stinky Face (by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore).

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.

Celebrate Family Literacy Day January 27, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

January 27, 2009 is Family Literacy Day

January 27, 2009 is Family Literacy Day here in Canada and, internationally, on our Just One More Book! podcast.

We hope to celebrate Family Literacy Day on JustOneMoreBook by publishing FLD Celebration Plans of various members of our online kidlit community, and beyond. We’d love to include your voice in our celebration.

To participate, leave a short voicemail message on our Love Of Reading Hotline (+1-206-350-6487) or record and send an MP3 file to telling us:

  • your name (first name or full name)
  • your blog name (if you like)
  • your hometown, Country (if you like)
  • how you plan to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Jan 27, 2009

Please submit your voice contributions by Friday January 24th.

You can learn more about Family Literacy Day here:

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Conversation with David A. Carter

Monday, January 12, 2009.

There’s something about pop-up books, and books with tabs, levers and dials; they make a two dimensional book extend into the world of the child in a way that makes the opposite seem true.  The book literally explodes off the page.

You’ve probably had experiences with pop-up and movable books.  And then there’s the Bug Books.  Have you seen those before?  They present textures and other tactile experiences to the reader.

David A. Carter is an author, illustrator and perhaps most importantly, a paper engineer.  He makes those interactive experiences a reality.  A creator of more than sixty books including The Elements of Pop-Up, a veritable how-to guide for aspiring pop-up artists.

David Carter joins Mark to speak about an art that has largely been about reverse engineering and apprenticing on this edition of Just One More Book!!

David Carter’s top-10 pop-ups not including his own work (some of these are out of print):

David Carter’s top-3 works of his own:

To hear more of the conversation with David A. Carter, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website,, in time for the January 2009 issue which will include a link to more of our conversation.

Don’t miss PAB2009!

Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Are you ready to be inspired?  Do you podcast?  Are you thinking about podcasting?  Do you use social media or social networking sites?  Are you looking for new and amazing ways to use social media and new media to build communities and engage with others who share your passion?

Don’t miss the fourth annual not-for-profit Podcasters Across Borders (PAB2009) conference this June 19-21, 2009 in beautiful and family-friendly Kingston, ON (Canada).  Register now while space is still available!

Beginning with a keynote from public broadcasting “rock star” Jowi Taylor, this year’s conference will again model itself after the inspiring and insightful TED Talks and is sure to motivate you into exploring new ways to use podcasts, blogs and social networking to make a difference.  All that and you get to spend time with generous, talented, creative and friendly members of the Canadian, American, Argentinian and British podcasting communities.

PAB2006 was the catalyst for our “Just One More Book!!” podcast.  The conference gets better each year and is underpriced at CDN$150/person.

Hope to see you there!

  • Click HERE for details on the 2009 conference
  • Click HERE for 2008 conference notes and audio recordings
  • Click HERE for 2007 conference notes and audio recordings
  • Click HERE for 2006 conference notes and audio recordings

Click HERE if you are interested in submitting a speaking proposal (deadline: January 31, 2009).

PAB2007 conference “family photo” by Chris Penn.

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Welcome Canadian Living Magazine Readers

Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Check out The Editor’s Pick on page 109 of the February 2009 edition of Canadian Living Magazine. It’s us!

Life Editor, Kathryn Dorrell, has invited readers of Canadian Living Magazine to Celebrate Family Literacy Day on on January 27th 2009 by participating in our Just One More Book! Podcast.

We’d love it if you would share your thoughts on a favourite children’s book so we can include your audio in an upcoming edition of our show.

To participate, leave a voice mail message on our Love Of Reading Hotline (+1-206-350-6487) or record and send an MP3 file to

Thank you to Kathryn Dorrell of Canadian Living Magazine and a huge welcome to CLM readers.

Hoping to include your voice soon,
Andrea & Mark

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Of Curiosity and Creationism: One Beetle Too Many (The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin)

Friday, January 9, 2009.

One Beetle Too Many -- The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles DarwinAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Matthew Trueman (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076361436X

Wonderfully wonky, earth-toned images and casual, lilting narration treat us to the antics, adventures, achievements and apprehension of Charles Darwin, the curious young collector who changed our view of the world.

Other books mentioned:

More inspiring biographies on JOMB:

Be sure to make Esme Raji Codell’s Biography Break blog a regular stop on your great book gathering rounds.

HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Brownlow of My Semblance of Sanity tells sings the praises of Hooway for Wodney Wat (by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger)

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.

The Butterfly Award Flutters By

Thursday, January 8, 2009.
Butterfly Award

Butterfly Award

We’ve been double honoured.

Thanks to both Rhapsody in Books and ReaderTotz for bestowing upon us the Butterfly Award (tag-lined, by the way, “The coolest blog I ever know”. Hmmmm. Not an award for excellence in grammar, I assume.)

Butterflies never linger long, so we’re passing this award along to the following top notch children’s literature landings:

Flutter on….

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Death Defying, Doubted Deeds: Marco Polo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Marco PoloAuthor: Demi  (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454330

It’s hard to believe that fifty-six pages of 700 year old travel details could consistently engross two seven and nine year old girls. Hard to believe, but, in the case of this beautifully illustrated and mesmerizing window to the world, nothing but the truth.

More exotic locations and travels on JOMB:

You can read more about the veracity debate over Marco Polo’s incredulous journey here.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener tells us about a book loved by both herself and son, the rhythmic and rhyming Bear Wants More (by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman).

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.

Thanks to our daughter Lucy (9) for contributing the title of this post.

Interview with Betsy Bird

Monday, January 5, 2009.

Long before Mark turned thirty-eight, his vision of a librarian was that of a stiff, grey-haired woman with horned-rimmed glasses and a bun who shushed people. Now, he sees that librarians are increasingly younger than he and they’ve embraced some incredible new technologies to spread a love of reading and to promote their craft.

Elizabeth Bird, or Betsy Bird, is one of a new generation of librarians. She has achieved a lot very early in her career including sitting on the Newbery award committee in 2006 and, following the success of Fuse #8, her own blog about children’s books, has become a blogger for the web edition of the popular print magazine School Library Journal. Betsy’s also been known to produce episodes of her Fuse#8 podcast. [NOTE: Betsy’s Fuse #8 blog site is only used for podcasts since she became a blogger for School Library Journal]

Betsy Bird joins Mark at the 2008 Kidlit Conference in Portland, OR, on this edition of Just One More Book!!

Photo of Betsy Bird from the School Library Journal flickr account.


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