Rock Stars of Reading part 7: Creators of the Round Table

Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Mark spent two amazing hours at a table with Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB), Jane Dyer, Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB) and David Ezra Stein, sharing a common love of children’s books and talking about how each found their way into writing and illustrating, children’s books vs. traditional publishing and what keeps them in an industry that isn’t known for generating a lot of wealth for the people in it.


Conversation with Robert Paul Weston

Monday, April 13, 2009.

Among the many jobs he’s held is trampolinist, lifeguard, computer programmer, English teacher and editor. He’s written short stories and scripts, and his book Zorgamazoo — 283 pages of flawless rhyme — was one of thirty books chosen by the Children’s Literature Assembly as as a notable book for 2009.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Robert Paul Weston talks to Mark about his long history with marble tracks, writing an entire book in rhyming accentual verse and the publishing industry’s reaction to it, and the emotional connection readers experience with Zorgamazoo.

Exciting news!!! Zorgamazoo is on the E. B. White Read Aloud Award shortlist (official information).

Relevant links:

Rock Stars of Reading part 6: Corinne Demas

Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Listen in as we grab a spot of floor in the home office of author Corinne Demas to talk about books and how stories are researched, the similarity between poets and picture book creators and the best job in the world.  Lucy started us off with a read-aloud of Corinne’s new book, Always in Trouble, and Corinne explains the origins of Lucy’s favourite phrase from the book “quiet as a goldfish”.


Brawls, Burps and Business: Come to the Castle (A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England)

Friday, April 10, 2009.

Come to the Castle!: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century EnglandAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596431555

Humour, grimaces, gluttony and grime cleverly deliver a bonanza of not-soon forgotten feudal facts in this rhyming rundown of Medieval careers.

Other books mentioned:

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

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.

If you are feasting this holiday week, Bon Appétit!

Rock Stars of Reading part 5: Diane de Groat

Thursday, April 9, 2009.

Author/Illustrator Diane de Groat walks us through the digital process of putting dogs in poses they don’t do — like lounging on a couch with a newspaper — for her upcoming book (with Shelley Rotner), Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth (coming in August 2009).  She also shows us how she adds digital colour, then real paint to her illustrations.  Lucy and Bayla particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to sketch using Diane’s digital tablet.


Be sure to check out Diane’s contribution to our Love of Reading Gallery.

Rock Stars of Reading part 4: Leaving Lane Smith

Monday, April 6, 2009.

In the final of three parts that feature Author/Illustrator Lane Smith (on JOMB), we go through Lane’s archives to see ten years worth of idea development for his amazing book John, Paul, George and Ben.  Then, we hit the road for Northampton with a fun stop at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Scultpure Gardens in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Conversation with Troy Wilson

Monday, April 6, 2009.

It’s a winning combination of comic book superheroes, children’s book storytelling and real life role models.  It’s a book called Perfect Man and it’s written by super down-to-earth guy, Troy Wilson.  The same Troy Wilson that tracked down one of his own heroes, comic book legend Stan Lee, whose work entertained and inspired Troy since he was a kid.

On this edition, author Troy Wilson reflects on how his own book would have impacted him when he was a child, doing pro bono work and making ends meet as he builds a career for himself and comparing his own experiences to those of Michael Maxwell MacAllum, the main character in his book, Perfect Man.

Rock Stars of Reading part 3: Lane Smith cont’d

Sunday, April 5, 2009.

Author/Illustrator Lane Smith (on JOMB) walks us through his thought process and style decisions for two books he’s working on that will be published in 2009 — Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) with Florence Parry Heide due out September 22, 2009; and The Big Elephant in the Room due out July 7, 2009.  He also demonstrates how he takes original sketches, imports them into Photoshop and turns them into digital, production-ready artwork.


Bloggers and podcasters take note of the interview segment with Lane during the end credits!

Beyond the Book: Can a creator’s background boost your enjoyment?

Saturday, April 4, 2009.

Today on Just One More Book!!, we break from our standard format to discuss connection with a book’s creator and how it impacts our enjoyment of a book.

Are you swayed by background of or connection with a book’s creator (geographically, culturally,..)? If so, does this in turn impact your young listeners’ enjoyment of a book?

Authors, illustrators and books mentioned

Pictured, Love and Roast Chicken, which we enjoy with more bittersweet fondness knowing the spunky, adventurous spirit of author, Barbara Knutson, and that she passed away so young, so suddenly after this book was published.

Leave us a comment or a voice mail message to let us know. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Filed under: Discussions,Podcast

Multinational collaboration to promote Rock Stars of Reading

Saturday, April 4, 2009.

Thank you very much to Helen Murray, a University student in Ireland, for creating an incredible poster to promote our Rock Stars of Reading series.  Helen and Mark connected on Twitter and Helen offered to create the poster for us on her own time!

Thanks also to Carlina, a professional photographer in South Texas, for allowing us to use her fantastic photograph, Search, which Helen found on Carlina’s Flickr account.

Filed under: News and Notes

Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

Friday, April 3, 2009.

I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254555

“My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Thelma Slater, Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission in Canton, Ohio, checks in with her fifty-something son to recall some of his childhood favourites including 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.

Rock Stars of Reading part 2: Lane Smith

Thursday, April 2, 2009.

This is the first of three videos that document our visit with Lane Smith (on JOMB) and Molly Leach. Here, Lane shows us original artwork from The Stinky Cheese Man, describes the production process for The Happy Hocky Family books, shares his passion for children’s books — old and new — and compares traditional collage with digital collage.



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