Interview with Barbara Reid

Monday, February 19, 2007.

Barbara ReidMark speaks with author and illustrator Barbara Reid about her use of plasticine in children’s book illustrations, how certain works were photographed for The Party, and how she read books by picking sections of the Dewey Decimal System in her school library.

Books mentioned:

You can learn more about the way Barbara Reid works with plasticine by reading her book Fun With Modeling Clay.

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A Catchy Coral Chorus: Over in the Ocean (in a Coral Reef)

Friday, May 16, 2008.

Over in the Ocean ... in a Coral ReefAuthor: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Jeanette Canyon
Published: 2004 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690623

Brilliantly peppy polymer clay sculpture and enticing, educational details transform the traditional “Over in the Meadow” toddlers’ tune into a celebration of sea life that has captivated our whole family.

Other books mentioned:

You can learn more about 2008 International Year of the Reef here.

More singable books on JOMB:

Be sure to pop over to Two Writing Teachers for today’s full menu of poetry offerings.

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Our feeble attempt at a Desert Island 10

Friday, December 21, 2007.

Andrea and Mark at the Kidlit ConferenceYou’d think it would be easy to pick favourite children’s books. Indeed, that’s what Mark thought.

As it turns out, there are far too many amazing children’s books, authors and illustrators to limit ourselves to just ten choices. Even so, Mark suggested we try compiling our Desert Island 10 — books we’d need to have with us if we were stranded on a desert island.

The list that follows captures the names of books, book series and authors mentioned.

Are you brave or crazy enough to create your own Desert Island 10? Share your list as a comment on this post, send your MP3 recorded or type-written list via email to, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

* Congratulations to Andrea Beaty. Her book, Iggy Peck, Architect, is one of Time Magazine’s top ten children’s books of 2007!

Filed under: Canadian,Podcast,Review,UK

A Feast for Your Eyes: The Party

Friday, September 22, 2006.

The PartyAuthor: Barbara Reid
Illustrator: Barbara Reid
Published: 1999 Scholastic Canada, Ltd
ISBN: 0590124285

Plasticine illustrations magically bring to life this rollicking rhyming narration of a happy childhood memory. Anyone who has experienced (or imagined!) the rollercoaster of emotions that is a large family gathering will love this beautiful book.

Thank you Guido Stein (It’s A Purl Man), Karen, Vivian (Clip Podcast), Bob Goyetche, Mitch Joel (Six Pixels of Separation), C.C. Chapman (Accident Hash), Charles Cadenhead (Mostly News), Christopher Penn (Financial Aid Podcast), Bryan Person (New Comm Road), Chris Brogan (Grasshopper New Media), Jason Van Orden (Promoting Your Podcast), Dave LaMorte (Teaching for the Future), Jeff (A Life of Play), and Whitney Hoffman (LD Podcast)


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