Interview with John Thompson of Illumination Arts

Friday, July 6, 2007.

John Thompson of Illumination ArtsThis episode is part of our Publishers Showcase, a special series of interviews with children’s book publishers, which we are running during the weeks of July 2 and July 9 2007.

Children’s books can be for much more than entertainment and education. They can help children understand themselves, the world around them and how to make each day great.

Mark speaks with Illumination Arts founder John Thompson about making the move from adult to children’s publishing, spirituality in children’s books and the economics of the publishing industry.

You can learn more about Illumination Arts by visiting their website,

Pay-It-Forward In Practice: One Smile

Wednesday, July 29, 2009.

One SmileAuthor: Cindy McKinley (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Mary Gregg Byrne (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Illumination Arts (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780935699234

Simple gestures, rippling kindness and true smiles are the stars of this inspiring invitation to share some brightness and chance a wave of well-being.

Other books mentioned:

For more about spreading a ripple of kindness, you can check out

or, just go ahead and do something nice….

HOTLINE VOICES: Aspiring children’s author Tara Lazar shares her enthusiasm for Perfectly Arugula (by Sarah Dillard)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

The Strength to Shine: Cassandra’s Angel

Saturday, July 28, 2007.

Cassandra's AngelAuthor: Gina Otto
Illustrator: Trudy Joost
Published: 2001 Illumination Arts (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0935699201

Surreal illustrations and rhyming text invite us to rise above the judgements of others and stay true to our authentic selves.

Courage, Confidence & Compassion: Little Squarehead

Friday, February 2, 2007.

Little SquareheadAuthor: Peggy O’Neill
Illustrator: Denise Freeman
Published: 2001 Illumination Arts Publishing Company
ISBN: 093569921X

Can the way we see the world impact the way we are treated?
Do we allow ourselves to be bullied because we lack courage, confidence and compassion?

One thing for sure is that we can never change another — we can only change ourselves. This simply told and insightful look at bullying is a thought-provoking must-read for bullied, bullies and bystanders. Our girls love it.


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