Interview with Philip Lee

Monday, October 13, 2008.

Philip LeeMark recently attended the second annual Kidlit Conference, a gathering of bloggers, podcasters, authors and illustrators, in Portland, Oregon.

During the conference Mark had the opportunity to meet and speak with some fascinating people. Take for example, Philip Lee, one of the founders of Lee and Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher that focuses on diversity.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Philip Lee tells Mark about life after his departure from Lee and Low and taking risks in publishing books about diversity.

Links to resources mentioned by Philip:

Interview with Jon Scieszka: The True Story of The National Book Festival

Monday, September 22, 2008.

National Book Day with Ambassador Jon ScieszkaFor the last 8 years, the United States Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council have hosted an amazing celebration of literacy and children’s books. It’s called The National Book Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 27th 2008. Thousands are expected to join in the festivities and meet authors and illustrators. And many more will be celebrating across the globe, thanks to The Young Readers’ Toolkit.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, I’m joined by Jon Scieszka author of a long list of fabulously original books including Science Verse and Math Curse, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to talk about this year’s National Book Festival, his role in promoting literacy and balancing a child’s reading diet.

Books mentioned:

For more information about the National Book Festival, click here.

To join into the festivities from afar by accessing the Young Readers’ Toolkit, click here.

Special thanks to Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page for lending her expertise as we prepared for this interview.

Interview with Gregory Walters

Monday, August 11, 2008.

Author, Gregory WaltersEvery now and then we’re contacted by an author or illustrator that’s passing through town and would like to meet us where the Just One More Book!! action really happens — our favourite coffee shop.

On this edition, we’re joined by Gregory Walters, a teacher turned lawyer turned teacher (again) turned principal who was in the Ottawa area for a summer holiday from his home in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia.

In addition to his administrative duties, Mr. Walters is a reading teacher and children’s books are more than just a passing interest for him. His office is filled with children’s books and has become something of a hangout for students looking for something good to read. This past spring, Gregory Walters published his first book, Fouling Out, which follows the evolution of a friendship between two pre-teens. It’s a book for 10-14 year olds.

If you’d like to hear more from Gregory Walters and some of our other interview guests, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. We’ll be releasing bonus audio footage to our newsletter subscribers.

Links to Gregory Walters’ websites:

A celebration of 400 episodes in two years

Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Andrea and Mark at PAB2008We celebrate 400 episodes in two years by reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned and what we’d like to see in children’s literature. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this episode.

Books, reviews, interviews and resources we mention:

Audio comments and book recommendations received:

Thank you for being part of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast community.

Photo of Andrea and Mark at PAB2008 by John Meadows.

Interview with Jason Wells (part 2 of 2)

Monday, May 12, 2008.

Jason WellsLast week, in part one of a two-part series, I spoke with Jason Wells, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Harry N. Abrams Inc. about the role and career path of the publicist, the high turnover rate in the industry and the evolution of book marketing and publicity in the digital age.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, part 2 of my conversation with Jason Wells. This time, we talk about digital marketing and publicity and the future of children’s books in the age of MySpace, Facebook, blogs and podcasts.

Interview with Jason Wells (part 1 of 2)

Monday, May 5, 2008.

Jason WellsIt takes a team — an author, illustrator, editor and publisher to name a few — to publish a children’s book. There’s still the matter of getting the word out.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Jason Wells, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Harry N. Abrams Inc. in the first of a two-part series. In this part, Mark and Jason speak about the role and career path of the publicist, the high turnover rate in the industry and the evolution of book marketing and publicity in the digital age.

In part two of this series (due out on May 12), Mark and Jason speak about digital marketing and publicity in the age of MySpace, Facebook, blogs and podcasts.

Interview with Sharron McElmeel

Sunday, March 2, 2008.

Sharron McElmeelAccording to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.

Sharron McElmeel is a leading expert in this field and she’s done just about everything including publishing a 220-page book called Character Education: A Book Guide for Teachers, Librarians and Parents.

As part of a discussion on character education and her other projects, Sharron McElmeel answers questions that help reveal some of her powerful advice which includes make your house a “book house”, include a book on every gift-giving occasion and we must all move out of our classrooms and living rooms to spread the joy of reading everywhere we can.

Links to Ms. McElmeel’s resources and books mentioned:

  • Sharron McElmeel‘s website
  • McBookWords – a resource for schools, educators and librarians
  • McBookWords blog
  • Character Education: A Book Guide for Teachers, Librarians and Parents
  • Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories and More
  • Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories and More

Children’s books mentioned:


Before Green Gables and 100 Years of Anne Shirley

Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

Budge WilsonThis episode comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where a large group of people braved a moderate snowstorm to attend the launch of Before Green Gables, the prequel of Anne of Green Gables.

The book launch coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Anne Shirley to the world. To mark the occasion, Canada Post has unveiled two new stamps (one for Anne Shirley and one for Prince Edward Island), the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their new Anne Shirley quarter and Girl Guides of Canada have unveiled a new patch.

This episode of Just One More Book!! includes interviews with author Budge Wilson, editor Helen Reeves, LM granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler, the Right and Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, LM Montgomery expert Betsy Epperly, publicist Alina Goldstein and the many voices of Anne Shirley enthusiasts.

Anne of Green Gables links

Excerpts of songs from the CD Your Daughters and Your Sons by The Duhks used with permission of Sugar Hill Records (Thank you, Molly!)

  • Annabel
  • Anna William’s Reel
  • Crusty Rolls and Chili
  • The Ol’ Yellow House

You can view some photos from the event here.

Interview with Margaret Eaton about Family Literacy Day

Saturday, January 19, 2008.

Margaret Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy FoundationJanuary 27 is the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation‘s Family Literacy Day; an event that celebrates and promotes literacy, with a family twist.

Across the country, libraries, schools, community centres, arts centres, and homes — maybe even your home — will be hosting events and reading children’s books. It’s a great excuse to read a book with your child, if you need one.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Margaret Eaton, President of the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation about literacy and this year’s Family Literacy Day.

Authors mentioned:

Mark refers in this interview to the following quote from a recent post on Jen Robinson’s Book Page. Jen wrote last January, in an article about a talk that Jen heard by read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease, that:

“He (Trelease) suggested that we need some sort of national campaign to inform people all over the country of the importance of exposing their kids to more words every day, and encouraging them to enjoy reading. He gave an analogy to the campaign that was used to successfully cut the incidence of smoking in this country by 50% over 40 years, a combination of informing people, scaring people, and insulting people, and thinks that we need to try something similar in American homes re: reading.”

More statistics and literacy tidbits referenced by Mark in this interview can be found here:

Photo: ABC Canada

Interview with Jen Robinson

Monday, December 17, 2007.

Jen RobinsonThere’s a feature of children’s books that’s often talked about, though a surprisingly high number of people are not willing to admit; you don’t have to be a child to enjoy one. In fact, you don’t even need to have a child to pick up a children’s book and read it.

Those who are in on that belief are passionate about children’s books in a way that’s near impossible to measure. Take, for example, Jen Robinson. In many ways, she’s redefining that passion. Her blog, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, is a showcase piece of the kidlitosphere, a community of bloggers and podcasters that promote children’s literacy, picture and young adult books and the people behind them.

On this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with Jen Robinson about her love of children’s books, the tools she uses to promote literacy and tackle literacy related issues, and a new children’s literature portal.

Photo: Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Interview with Whitney Hoffman

Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Whitney HoffmanNot every child falls instantly in love with books. For many, reading is a struggle or maybe just not interesting. A greater concern is the child whose learning disability makes reading an unpleasant experience.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book is Whitney Hoffman, producer of the Learning Disabilities Podcast (, whose experiences with her childrens’ learning disabilities as well as her own ADD leads to fantastic discussions and suggestions. She also features interviews with leading experts on learning including recent interviews with Rick Lavoie and Nina Straightman.

Interview with Esme Raji Codell

Saturday, October 13, 2007.

Welcome to Planet EsmeAuthor and certified Readiologist(TM), Esme Raji Codell has so many children’s books in her collection that she and her husband decided to give the books their own home. The result is something Esme calls the Gingerbread Apartment of Planet Esme, the manifestation of the website

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Esme Raji Codell about Planet Esme, her efforts to help educate people about great children’s books, and her thoughts on what children’s books can do to change the world.

You can read more about The Gingerbread House of Planet Esme here


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