Interview with Mary Ann Hoberman and Deborah Freedman

Monday, September 17, 2007.

Mary Ann Hoberman (photo courtesy of Little Brown and Company)Sometimes, a passion for children’s books — especially creating them — extends through generations of the same family. Take for example Mary Ann Hoberman, an accomplished author of over forty children’s books and many more poems, and her niece Deborah Freedman, an architect who’s first children’s book, Scribble, was published earlier this year.

On this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with Mary Ann Hoberman and Deborah Freedman about creativity, memory, children’s books and how these two creative women have influenced each other in their work.

Books mentioned:

PEN essay mentioned: Mary Ann Hoberman, “And Yet…”

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Building Dreams: Iggy Peck, Architect

Friday, October 26, 2007.

Iggy Peck, ArchitectAuthor: Andrea Beaty (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Roberts (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Abrams Books for Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 081091106X

Uncommonly crisp, comical illustrations combine with flippant, rhyming text to chronicle the irrepressible ingenuity of an audacious seven year old — and to remind us to make space for what makes people tick.

Other books mentioned:

Inspiration Lost and Found: Emma’s Rug

Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

Emma's RugAuthor: Allen Say
Illustrator: Allen Say
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618335234

This thought-provoking tale of talent and torment invites us to ponder the source of creativity and offers a rare and respectful glimpse into the depths of the gifted child.

For more books about art, artists and imagination,
check out Deborah Freedman‘s webpage.

You can learn about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted children here.

Cats, Spats and Imagination: Scribble

Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

ScribbleAuthor: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Published: 2007 Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375839666

Squabbling siblings, ingenuity and the irresistable innocence of preschool art combine to make this slick spin on the sleeping beauty standby a welcome trip outside the box.

You can learn more about appreciating young children’s scribbles here.


Friday, October 13, 2006.

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