Trapped Air Trickiness: Bubble Homes and Fish Farts

Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Bubble Homes and Fish FartsAuthor: Fiona Bayrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Carolyn Conahan (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570916705

Quick! What’s used for communication, transportation, self defence, sound-dampening, warmth, entertainment and hatching and doesn’t cost a cent? If you didn’t say “bubbles” – and even if you did – you will be blown away (how could we resist?) by this beautifully illustrated and light hearted look at the ingenious uses of suds in the wild.

More fascinating animal facts on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Chel Pixie recalls a colourful favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (by Eric Carle).

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

Interview with Kathryn Lasky

Monday, March 9, 2009.

We’ve heard it said that a writer should write what they know. So, it stands to reason that many authors write from personal experience.  That doesn’t explain how some authors can write amazing books on subjects that they haven’t directly experienced.

Kathryn Lasky is one example. Her books include One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin, Pirate Bob and She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head.  We’re pretty sure that she doesn’t have specific first-hand experiences with the subjects of those books (exploring with Charles Darwin, plundering with Pirate Bob and being at the centre of the suffrage movement).  And yet, her books makes readers feel as though they’re right there.

On this edition, author Kathryn Lasky talks about relating to characters, taking twenty-four years… literally… to write One Beetle Too Many, and giving the reader room.

Introducing “Share A Story, Shape a Future”

Sunday, March 8, 2009.

Share a Story - Shape a FutureThis is a big week in the Kidlitosphere. The first ever “Share a Story, Shape a Future” week starts tomorrow. This week long effort aims to charge up adults everywhere with renewed enthusiasm and know-how for reading. A diverse team of reading enthusiasts, including teachers, librarians, parents and experts, will talk up books, swap fun ideas, gifts, and prizes and ramp-up their efforts to make frequent, quality reading time an easy and accessible part of the every child’s life. Here’s what’s in store:

Monday: Raising Readers
hosted by Terry Doherty at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, the Reading Tub blog

Tuesday: Selecting Reading Material
hosted by Sarah Mulhern at The Reading Zone

Wednesday: Reading Aloud – It’s Fun, It’s Easy
hosted by Susan Stephenson at the Book Chook blog

Thursday: A Visit to the Library
hosted by Eva Mitnick at Eva’s Book Addiction blog

Friday: Technology and Reading – What the Future Holds
hosted by Elizabeth O. Dulemba at


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Accept No Substitute: I Need My Monster

Saturday, March 7, 2009.

I Need My MonsterAuthor: Amanda Noll (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Howard McWilliam (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Flashlight Press
ISBN: 0979974623

Masterfully lit fisheyed views, fur, fangs, claws and interesting perspectives make six monsters just scary enough to spotlight the spunk of the picky, pajamaed lad who screens them.

More bedtime emboldening on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Joe, a bartender at Northern Bowl in Philadelphia, escapes doing an encore dramatic reading of his childhood favourite, Greeen Eggs and Ham (by Dr. Seuss).

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

Much More Than Meets the Eye: Perfect Man

Friday, March 6, 2009.

Perfect ManAuthor: Troy Wilson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dean Griffiths (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Orca Book Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1551434350

Mark and I clearly had a tough time packing all our love for this fabulously inspiring and entertaining book into a coherent chat, so I definitely can’t pack it into one sentence.

How about this?

If you are a parent or a teacher or a writer or a child, if you’ve had the gift of an extraordinary educator, if you’ve ever felt small, if you’re prepared to have your heart swell with hope or you’d just enjoy a good laugh, get your hands on a copy of this unpredictable, heart-warming super-hero tale — and then rise to its challenges to live life, exercise your strengths and recognize greatness in yourself and others.

Looking for more inspiring teachers in children’s books? Check out 100 Cool Teachers in Children’s Literature on A Year of Reading (thanks to Franki, Mary Lee — and to Tricia for the reminder).

HOTLINE VOICES: Mark corners April Harkinson at the PodCamp Philly Bowling Event and learns that her favourite children’s books are the Berenstain Bears Series (by Stan and Jan Berenstain).

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

Get the Super-Sonic Scoop: Astronaut Handbook

Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Astronaut HandbookAuthor: Meghan McCarthy (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Meghan McCarthy
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375844597

Starring pop-eyed recruits and friendly second-person narrative, this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category finalist dispenses enticing details of space training while gently nudging keen readers toward the healthy habits that just might make their dreams come true.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils finalists in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Beatrix (who learned about us from our appearance in Canadian Living Magazine) calls in to share her favourite, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter).

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

Interview with Kim Hix

Monday, March 2, 2009.

Most people are likely to pretend that mental and emotional health issues do not affect them or their loved ones. Yet, whether you’re prepared to admit it or not, mental and emotional health problems do exist in children.

Kim Hix wrote the book No One is Perfect and YOU Are a Great Kid as a gift to her son, Zack, who struggles with ever changing moods, severe anxiety and Tourettes Disorder. He was diagnosed at age four. He’s now thirteen.

This is an interview we would have done under any circumstance. As it turns out, we’re doing this interview as part of Kim Hix’s blog tour: our first blog-tour experience. Kim paid Women on Writing to arrange the tour and, in exchange for our participation, Just One More Book!! was listed on the February edition of the WOW! Women on Writing website and newsletter.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Kim Hix talks about her son Zack’s mental health disorders, the confidence of her family to embrace the person Zack is and helping to raise awareness of mental and emotional health in children through her book.

More on emotional health in children’s books on JOMB:

Photo from Intense Kids, Great Kids photos.


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