Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Feudal Food, Facts & Fanfare: A Medieval Feast

Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Medieval FeastAuthor: Aliki (a.k.a. Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg)
Illustrator: Aliki
Published: 1983 HarperTrophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064460509

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Generous illustrations with a fifteenth century flair combine with friendly, accessible narrative to make this well-researched account of the exhaustive preparations for and extravagance of a medieval feast an engaging story time favourite.

Canine Coastguard: Heroes of Isle aux Morts

Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Heroes of Isle aux MortsAuthor: Alice Walsh
Illustrator: Geoff Butler (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765017

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Based on a true story and starring a Newfoundland dog, this suspenseful account of a daring maritime rescue is an inspiring reminder of the resourcefulness, generosity and pluck of an era gone by.

You can read more about the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, CGCS Ann Harvey, which was named for one of the young rescuers, here.

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Greatness, Gratitude and Generosity: Piano Starts Here (The Young Art Tatum)

Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Piano Starts HereAuthor: Robert Andrew Parker
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker
Published: 2008 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375839658

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Breezy, evocative images and fondly recalled, first-person narrative provide an intimate — if imagined — look at the early life and loves of Jazz legend, Art Tatum.

You can learn more about Art Tatum here.

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Aaaaaaaaaah, Spring At Last: Hogwood Steps Out (A Good, Good Pig Story)

Friday, March 28, 2008.

Hogwood Steps OutAuthor: Howard Mansfield
Illustrator: Barry Moser
Published: 2008 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432691

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Spilling sunlight, squishy ground and the bliss of a fragrant breeze make the pleasant ponderings of a precocious pig a refreshing springtime read.

You can learn more about the real Hogwood here.

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Lace, Lore and Laughter: Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair

Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive HairAuthor: Deborah Blumenthal
Illustrator: Mary GrandPre
Published: 2007 Pelican Publishing Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1589804910

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Warmth, humour and fond remembrance waft through this beautifully worded and evocatively illustrated exploration of a young girl’s family tree — and the traits, trinkets and togetherness that sustain it.

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Earned Learning: Ruby’s Wish

Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Ruby's WishAuthor: Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811834905

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The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream — and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.

You can help make a dream come true today by joining the effort to provide schooling and stability for autistic children in China. To learn more click here.

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

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

Bliss, Slips and Forgiveness: Jamela’s Dress

Friday, November 23, 2007.

Jamela's DressAuthor: Niki Daly (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Niki Daly
Published: 1999 Farrar Straus Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374437203

Gorgeously expressive illustrations capture the small pleasures of a dreamy preschooler, the chaos of failed judgments and the matchless relief of reconnection in this longtime family favourite.

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Julie Smith offers some Global Diversity activities based on this book here.

Coughs, Coddles & Conning: Farm Flu

Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

Farm FluAuthor: Teresa Bateman
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807522759

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Action-packed illustrations crammed with hilarious details and subtle humour betray the impish reality that is missed by the earnest narrator in this snappily rhyming adventure in learned compassion.

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Generosity* Personified: The King of Capri

Wednesday, September 19, 2007.

The King of CapriAuthor: Jeanette Winterson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Ray (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Bloomsbury Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0747563470

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Crammed* with curiosities and humourous details, this gorgeously illustrated and leisurely told fairy tale reminds us of the perils of reckless consumption and the priceless pleasures of good company.

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Hypnotising Beauty: Lugalbanda – The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War

Friday, May 25, 2007.

Lugalbanda -- The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War (an epic tale from ancient Iraq)Told By: Kathy Henderson
Illustrator: Jane Ray (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763627828

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This warmly worded and intricately illustrated epic enchants our daughters with its exotic beauty and its underlying themes of kindness and generosity, in spite of its war and gore and shark-toothed, eagle-taloned Anzu birds.

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