Let Your Hair Down: Max Said “Yes!” (The Woodstock Story)

Friday, July 10, 2009.

Max Said Author: Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner
Illustrator: Barbara Mendes (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Change The Universe Press
ISBN: 9780615211442

Exuberant, edge-to-edge illustrations and simple rhyme salute a generous dairy farmer who took a chance on four kids, their dream and the prospect of peace.

You can watch Max Yasgur addressing the crowd at Woodstock, 1969, here.

August 15-17 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How will you celebrate?

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More peace and tolerance on JOMB:

Pop over to Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup 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, so we can include your audio in our show.

Pondering Self-Publishing

Saturday, September 27, 2008.

Today we stray from our standard format for an unplanned and extremely rambly chat about our observations of and unqualified opinions about self-publishing children’s books.

Books mentioned:

For self-publishing and small publishing featured on JustOneMoreBook!, click here.

Bewitching Beginnings: How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet (Native American Animal Origin Stories)

Saturday, July 5, 2008.

How Chipmunk Got Tiny FeetAuthor: Gerald Hausman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Irie Books
ISBN: 0970911262

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Earthy, folk art and simple, friendly narrative intrigue and entertain us with seven traditional Coushatta, Tsimshian and Navajo tales of adventure, transformation, conflict and punishment.

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Connecting with Val Willis: The Magic of ‘My Horse, My Passion’

Monday, June 30, 2008.

Val Willis with the original work 'My Horse, My Passion'Val Willis is connected to an extraordinary number of people through two things:

  • My Horse, My Passion: Riding tips for all ages, a book written by her daughter, Kenra, when Kenra was 11 years old; and,
  • Val’s energetic way of spreading good cheer to as many people as possible.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, we discover how a children’s book and an energetic soon-to-be 88 year-old woman has changed people’s lives.


If you would like more information about this book or to order copies, contact Val Willis at: valwillis@sympatico.ca

Thank you to This American Life and everyone at PAB2008 for the inspiration and motivation to create this program.

Interview with Kyra Hicks

Monday, April 28, 2008.

Kyra HicksChildren’s books are a phenomenal way to share the remarkable stories of real people. It makes you wonder how generations before us managed to enjoy stories exlusively through the oral tradition, without the combined talents of storytellers and artists.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Kyra Hicks about magazine articles inspiring books, emphasizing the positive to move a story forward and how Kyra herself has become passionate about the subject of her book.

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Reptilian Rivalry: Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise

Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Spotty & Eddie Learn to CompromiseAuthor: Lisa M. Chalifoux
Illustrator: Heather Castles
Published: 2008 Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425155472

Trafford.com Amazon.com

What could be more giggle-inducing than recognizing our own human foibles in a pair of sweet and spunky turtles? With its slapstick, smiles and airy, upbeat illustrations, this simple story helps us laugh at the silliness of squabbles and invites us to find a better way.

You can sneak a peek at the whole book on Heather Castles’ blog, here!

More turtles on JOMB:

Interview with Joan Buzick

Monday, December 10, 2007.

Joan BuzickLet me ask you a question. What went right today?

It’s a powerful question that makes you think about your day and prompts you to give it a positive shine. It can also be a great conversation starter.

On this edition of Just One More Book, author and songwriter Joan Buzick shares how her book What Went Right Today? can start a dialog with a child, the use of a refrain in both music and books to provide an anchor for a young reader and the role that Toastmasters has had on her writing.

Photo of Joan Buzick: wwrt.org

Interview with Dr. Charlotte Cowan

Monday, December 3, 2007.

Dr. Charlotte Cowan with Dr. Hippo and friendsHow many parents have been woken up in the middle of the night by a child with an incredibly sore ear? It’s the unknown for both the child and the parent that causes concern, especially at a time when their own doctor may not be available.

Enter Dr. Charlotte Cowan, a pediatrician who took a leave of absence from Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children to write a series of books that address health and hasn’t gone back.

On this edition of Just One More Book Mark speaks with Dr. Charlotte Cowan about leaving her practice to write children’s books for her Hippocratic Press and the role of understanding as a component of recovery.

Interview with Tim Huff

Monday, November 19, 2007.

Tim HuffAdults face many challenges when helping children understand the world around them. Some choose to pretend that the world is without its struggles and rush their children past the realities of their communities. When it’s difficult to accept the world the way it is as an adult, it’s pretty much impossible to explain it to the next generation, the one that may be able to make things better.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with social worker and children’s book author and illustrator Tim Huff about his book The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge. They talk about the struggles Tim faced in getting his book published and how adults can help children understand homeless people.

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Interview with Joanne Froh

Monday, September 24, 2007.

Joanne Froh and mother & publishing partner Frances PlagensPublishing a children’s book is a dream for many people. Some would-be authors never realize their dream, while others publish a book in short order. The most amazing of publication dream stories may be the one behind Joanne Froh and Frances Plagens’ book of fanciful children’s poetry, Imagine This!

On this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with author Joanne Froh about realizing a thirty-five year long publication dream.

Photo: Joanne Frances Press

Interview with Jessica Grass of Iris the Dragon

Wednesday, July 4, 2007.

Iris the DragonThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

One in five children suffers from mental illness. That’s a pretty significant number of children lacking quality resources for families and caregivers. So, when her own son was diagnosed with mental illness, Gayle Grass took matters into her own hands. She created Iris the Dragon, a series of picture books to help children and educators.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book! is Jessica Grass, head of marketing and education for Iris the Dragon. You can learn more about Iris the Dragon and the books in which she appears by visiting the website, iristhedragon.com.

Interview with Anna Olswanger

Monday, June 18, 2007.

Shlemiel CrooksSome people have the opportunity to understand the children’s book industry from several sides.

Mark speaks with Anna Olswanger about being both a children’s book author and a literary agent, and how to capture your own story.

Books mentioned:

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.


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