Breaking the Silence of Sexual Abuse: Not in Room 204

Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

Not in Room 204Author: Shannon Riggs
Illustrator: Jaime Zollars
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807557641

Classroom shenanigans, expressive illustrations and the delicate weaving of carefully chosen details make this important story a haunting yet hopeful nudge toward breaking the silence of sexual abuse.

Shannon Rigg has supplied the following resources to help start making noise about sexual abuse:

Life Saving Rhyme: No Dragons for Tea

Friday, September 28, 2007.

No Dragons for TeaAuthor: Jean Pendziwol
Illustrator: Martine Gourbault
Published: 1999 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550745719

Softly illustrated and secured in unshakable rhyme, this engaging adventure sharpens fire safety smarts with a perfect balance of silly sweetness and serious suspense.

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Information about the National Book Festival‘s Young Readers’ Toolkit can be found here

Interview with Alice Priestley

Monday, May 28, 2007.

Hush, Mama Loves YouImagine drawing while having books read to you. There are no expectations of what you draw, just the freedom to do so. It’s really not such a crazy idea, and yet for so many children, the expectation is that they will sit still and be read to.

Mark speaks with illustrator Alice Priestley on drawing while being read to by her father — still to this day — getting the rhythm of language into your bones and understanding a story and its characters in order to illustrate books.
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