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

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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!

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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

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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:


Risking Kindness: Don’t Need Friends

Wednesday, October 3, 2007.

Don't Need FriendsAuthor: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Published: 1999 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0440415322

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Scowls, howls and insults abound in this heartwarming story of friendship lost and the slow, solitary struggle to disarm, soften and befriend again.

Power, Paint and Restraint: The Araboolies of Liberty Street

Saturday, September 29, 2007.

The Araboolies of Liberty StreetAuthor: Sam Swope
Illustrator: Barry Root
Published: 2001 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374303908

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Stagnant submissiveness meets infectious effervescence in this rousing exploration of supremacy, perspective and the power of partnership.

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Let Them Eat Lima Beans: Greedyanna

Saturday, September 22, 2007.

GreedyannaGreedyannaAuthor: Frank Remkiewicz
Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz
Published: Lothrop, Lee & Shephard Books
ISBN: 0688102956 Alibris.com

Full of understated humour and told from the perspective of a disgruntled older brother, this hilarious tale of family forbearance gives fresh meaning to the “It’s just a phase” refrain.

Sadly, this is another wonderful book which has fallen out of print. I hope your library has a copy.

You can read about the quote “Let them eat cake!” here.

Beneath the Bully: Big Black Bear

Friday, February 9, 2007.

Big Black BearAuthor: Wong Herbert Yee
Illustrator: Wong Herbert Yee
Published: 1996 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0395779421

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Snappy rhyme and funky, expressive illustrations tell a quick and entertaining tale of boundaries, bad behaviour and the baby inside the bully. Our girls are just as tickled by this book now, at ages 5 and 7, as they were during its billions of readings in their toddler years.

Other books mentioned: Angel and the Polar Bear

Storybook Sexuality: What’s the Big Secret?

Friday, September 29, 2006.

What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and BoysAuthor: Laurie Krasny Brown (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Brown (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316101834

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With its casual, fun storybook approach and its familiar Marc Brown illustrations, this book smoothly and effectively demystifies sexuality, privacy, gender stereotypes, and more, well before mystification has a chance to begin. Our girls think this book is a riot!

Sometimes We Need Strong Words: Elbert’s Bad Word

Monday, September 25, 2006.

Elbert's Bad WordAuthor: Audrey Wood
Illustrator: Audrey & Don Wood
Published: 2001 Harcourt Trade Publishers
ISBN: 0152013679

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Today we team up with Associate Professor Vivian Vasquez‘s Critical Literacy In Practice (CLIP) Podcast to bring you two distinct discussions of “Elbert’s Bad Word”. Click below to hear our Just One More Book discussion, pop over to Vivian’s site 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.

Getting Wrong Right: Badness for Beginners

Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Badness for BeginnersAuthor: Ian Whybrow (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harper Collins Children’s Books
ISBN: 0007143613

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With lively illustrations, catchy, nasty nursery rhymes and loads of mischief, this celebration of badness is a complete hit in our family.

 
 

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