One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

One Thousand TracingsAuthor: Lita Judge
Illustrator: Lita Judge
Published: 2007 Hyperion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1423100085

Eye-opening scatterings of yellowed newspaper footprints, handwritten lists and aged, intimate snapshots make vivid this beautifully told true story of hardship, generosity and the pulling together of communities torn to opposite sides of war.

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More books about generosity on JOMB:

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Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.

The Might of Metaphor: The Red Thread (An Adoption Fairy Tale)

Saturday, October 20, 2007.

The Red ThreadAuthor: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807569224

Dramatic, stylized folk art, carefully worded text and a cleverly crafted story-within-a-story format combine to create an engaging story time snapshot that vividly illustrates the unwavering strength of parental devotion — and the quiet power of children’s books.

You can find more information about adoption at Moonrattles, an online community for tweens touched by adoption and fostering.

A Reader’s High: Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast

Friday, October 12, 2007.

Tyrannosaurus Was a BeastAuthor: Jack Prelutsky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Published: 1988 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688115691

Full of meaty words, infectious beats and fact*-based blackish humour, this invigorating feast of illustrated, dinosaur poems is permanently woven into the fabric of our family.

*The facts upon which the poems are based are twenty years out-of-date — but what’s twenty years between 225 million year old friends?

Beautiful Beginnings: An Egg is Quiet

Wednesday, August 8, 2007.

An Egg is QuietAuthor: Dianna Aston
Illustrator: Sylvia Long
Published: Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811844285

Stunning in its sensational simplicity and resplendent with scientific details, this gorgeously illustrated and warmly worded masterpiece is a stirring introduction to the modest magnificence that is life.

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A Parent’s Hopeful Panorama: Someday

Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

SomedayAuthor: Alison McGhee
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928111

Breezy illustrations and stirring text whisk mother and daughter through memories of the precious past and into dreams of a richly textured future in this hopeful celebration of life and love.

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Putting ALL Children In the Picture

Monday, March 19, 2007.

In The Picture logoMark speaks with Susan Clow, president of In The Picture, an organization devoted to “Putting disabled children In The Picture“, about disablism, the organization’s 10 guiding principles and the benefits and challenges of creating books which can be enjoyed by all children.

Author Joyce Dunbar, a volunteer with the In The Picture organization, has provided her thoughts on the importance of the organization:

Joyce Dunbar:

“So many children’s books are about unconditional love: GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU is the best known example. But what about the children who need that reassurance more than most – but are simply not there, not visible, not even in the picture? This initiative is to make sure that they are there – not necessarily as the star of the show – but incidentally, as part of the human tapestry. Twenty years ago ethnic minorities were similarly disregarded. That is unthinkable now.”

“I’m deaf myself and so is my son, so this is of particular concern to me. (more…)

Life Unlimited: Tudley Didn’t Know

Monday, February 12, 2007.

Tudley Didn't KnowAuthor: John Himmelman
Illustrator: John Himmelman
Published: 2006 Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN: 0976494361

Today we team up with Associate Professor Vivian Vasquez of the Critical Literacy In Practice (CLIP) Podcast to bring you two distinct discussions of Tudley Didn’t Know, a completely entertaining, modern fable about the power of believing we can.

Click the play button (below) to hear our Just One More Book discussion, pop over to the CLIP Podcast to hear the story unpacked from the critical literacy perspective, and then share your thoughts on the subject by posting comments on either of our sites (or both).

Many thanks to Vivian for joining in the celebration of this fabulous book!

This podcast refers to Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo.

Beauty in our Minds: The Sound of Colors

Wednesday, January 31, 2007.

The Sound of ColorsAuthor: Jimmy Liao
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316939927

Captivatingly colourful and creative illustrations combine with dreamy inner dialogue to carry us along on a journey of reflection, isolation, loss and hope. This book envelopes our whole family and sweeps us away.

Blog post mentioned: Alvina of Blue Rose Girls tells us about the aquisition of this book.

Interview with Marla Frazee

Monday, January 29, 2007.

Marla FrazeeMark speaks with author and illustrator Marla Frazee about remembering our accomplishments, illustrating Woodie Guthrie songs and the story behind the one-size-fits-all motivational picture book Walk On!: A Guide For Babies of All Ages.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to


Delicate Defiance: The Red Wolf

Tuesday, November 28, 2006.

The Red WolfAuthor: Margaret Shannon
Illustrator: Margaret Shannon
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618737448

Brimming with mystique and echoes of Sendak, this fresh fairy tale subtly, yet powerfully, casts light on the costs of safety and the value of freedom. Our whole family is entranced by this fabulous book.

Howlingly Hilarious: Dr. Xargle’s Book of Earth Hounds

Friday, November 24, 2006.

Dr. Xargle's Book of Earth HoundsAuthor: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842701703

Full of understated misinterpretations and over the top Tony Ross illustrations, this book is as hilarious for adults as it is for children. If your library doesn’t have a copy, we suggest swimming to the U.K. to find one. It’s worth the trip.

Choose Peace: And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends

Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be FriendsAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0440417767

Zesty, Seussian rhyme and illustrations hurl us to a crescendo of hardcore harmony. This book’s message is simple: Peace is a choice.

This episode is dedicated to Paul, his stepbrother Dan Johnson (Journey Inside My Mind Podcast), and their families in celebration of Paul returning home from the Navy. Coincidentally, Dan sent an audio comment about Ben’s Trumpet for this show as well.

For a great list of Peace promoting childrens books click here.


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