Rock Stars of Reading part 17: Jane Dyer

Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

Listen to Mark and illustrator Jane Dyer (on JOMB) talk about Jane’s fine brushwork, painting movement and imagination, and her own masterpiece.

Books by Jane Dyer you may have seen…

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Get well soon, Andrea!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

We just received an email from Richard Michelson with a link to a video taken November 8 at the 20th Annual Children’s Illustration Show at his gallery. The video features an incredible gathering of authors and illustrators sending get well soon wishes to Andrea. How cool is that?!

Thank you to everyone for participating and to Richard for organizing this.

Front Row: Heidi Stemple, Rebecca Guay, Jane Dyer, Jeanne Birdsall, Diane deGroat, Barbara Diamond Goldin, Nonny Hogrogian, Susan Yard Harris.
Second Row: Brooke Dyer, Shelley Rotner, Norton Juster, Jane Yolen, Lesléa Newman, Brian Karas, Barry Moser, Susan Pearson, Anna Alter, Alice Schertle.
Third Row: Wendell Minor, Jeff Mack, Rich Michelson, Kathy Brown, Nancy Sippel Carpenter, Jeannine Atkins, David Kherdian.
Back Row: Carol Weiss, Mo Willems, Scott Fischer, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Mordicai Gerstein, Paul Jacobs.

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Rock Stars of Reading part 20: Advice for aspiring readers

Monday, May 11, 2009.

It’s customary for interviewers to ask authors and illustrators to share their advice for aspiring book creators. During the 19th Annual Children’s Illustration Show at the R. Michelson Gallery, Mark instead asked authors and illustrators to offer advice for aspiring readers. Everyone was willing to pitch in. This video features responses from Jeanne Birdsall, Diane de Groat, Tony DiTerlizzi, Jane Dyer, Paul Jacobs, Norton Juster, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeff Mack, David Mazor, David Milgrim, Barry Moser, Lesléa Newman, Shelley Rotner, Ruth Sanderson, Heidi Stemple, Mo Willems and Jane Yolen.

Also included is an interview with David Mazor, Founder and Executive Director of Reader to Reader — a non-profit organization that distributes books to schools and libraries in need. Reader to Reader honoured author Norton Juster for his generosity and passion in promoting literacy.

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A week of interviews

Sunday, May 3, 2009.

For the week of May 4 through May 8, we will be publishing audio interviews recorded during our Rock Stars of Reading road trip.  We will be featuring the following guests:

  • Author/Poet Lesléa Newman (May 4)
  • Author/Poet Paul Jacobs (May 5)
  • Illustrator Jane Dyer (May 6)
  • Author/Illustrator Mordicai Gerstein (May 7)
  • Authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple (May 8)

We will return to our regular book talk publication schedule next week.

Filed under: News and Notes

Rock Stars of Reading part 7: Creators of the Round Table

Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Mark spent two amazing hours at a table with Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB), Jane Dyer, Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB) and David Ezra Stein, sharing a common love of children’s books and talking about how each found their way into writing and illustrating, children’s books vs. traditional publishing and what keeps them in an industry that isn’t known for generating a lot of wealth for the people in it.

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Rock Stars of Reading

Saturday, April 4, 2009.

In November 2008, the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast set out on a six-day road trip to live, eat, socialize, paint and read with children’s book creators.

Producers Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis and their two daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), lived by a tight schedule of studio visits, lunches, dinners, round table discussions and gallery visits.  The trip was video and audio recorded and has been produced as a series of documentary video and audio programs that will be published on the Internet, for free, beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

The videos are snappy and entertaining and feature uniquely intimate footage.

The goal of the series is to give children’s books and the children’s book community their long-overdue pop-media treatment.

Episodes include:

  • Lane Smith discusses original artwork and his creative process
  • Diane de Groat shows how she mixes digital and physical art
  • Jarrett Krosoczka paints with Lucy and Bayla
  • Jeff Mack explains the story behind some of his books
  • R. Michelson Galleries’ 19th Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibition

Notable facts:

  • round-trip by rental car:  1500kms
  • long-distance travel time:  20hrs
  • video recordings:  13hrs
  • audio recordings:  25hrs
  • photograghs:  1200 (keepers)
  • editing time per video episode:  16hrs (average, roughly 330 hours total)
  • the project is completely self-funded (no advertisers, sponsors or grants)

Guests include Jeanne Birdsall, Nick Clark, Diane de Groat, Tony Diterlizzi, Corinne Demas, Jane Dyer, Scott Fischer, Mordicai Gerstein, Paul Jacobs, Norton Juster, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeff Mack, Richard Michelson, Leslea Newman, Lane Smith, David Ezra Stein, Heidi Stemple, Mo Willems and Jane Yolen.

Quotes from Mark Blevis’ blog post about the series:

What I’ve noticed over time is that children’s books and their creators have been treated very traditionally in the media.  In fact, I’ve even noticed this on the web where some of the most interesting interviews with authors and illustrators have been low on production value (e.g. ten-minute video interviews of a talking head).  There is so much talk about the importance of children’s books and literacy and how fun it is to learn to read and to read aloud, but the way we promote this in the media suggests otherwise.

I’ve drawn on some of the most entertaining and engaging ways to produce programs that I’ve experienced to date, and have come up with a few ideas of my own.  The result is a series of videos which give the children’s book industry the pop-culture treatment enjoyed by niches such as fast food, the environment, movie stars, sports, music and technology, to name a few.  My hope is that this approach will make the videos and the subject interesting to everyone, from those that are passionate about children’s books and creativity, to those that aren’t particularly interested in books at all.

Episode index:

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Rock Stars of Reading video series coming March 31

Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Finally!!!  Mark has produced more than half of the videos from our six-day holiday to Connecticut and Northampton — our November 2008 Rock Stars of Reading road trip.  This means we’ll begin publishing the video series, one video at-a-time, beginning on March 31; filling up the “off-days” in the Just One More Book!! publishing cycle until all of the videos are available.

To prove this is really happening, here is a promotional video for the series.  It’s an extract from Part 1 and features some of our car travel as well as photographs and video clips from the entire trip, all cut to the amazing song Animus Girl by savium.  Look for the faces of Richard Michelson, Paul O. Zelinsky, Jane Yolen, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems, Jane Dyer, Jarrett Krosoczka, Diane de Groat, Lane Smith, Corinne Dumas, Jeff Mack and MANY MORE!

With the exception of this promotional video, we will not be embedding the videos into the Just One More Book!! RSS feed.  You’ll have to come here to watch them.  Each video will be about 15 minutes long.

Homemade Harmony: Cookies (Bite-Size Life Lessons)

Friday, January 23, 2009.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsAuthor: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Dyer (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006058081X

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Sweet, silly, scrumptious little scenarios sneakily cement understanding of twenty-two slippery social concepts in this clever and captivating conversation-starter.

More recipes for happiness on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Baked goods are mightier than the sword in Jonny Goldstein‘s favourite, The Apple Strudel Soldier (by Tom McGowen and John E. Johnson).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

A small collection of photos from our kidlit roadtrip

Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

It will take a few weeks to go through the hours of audio and video recordings and photographs we gathered while on our road trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts. In the meantime, we’ve uploaded a small number of photos, 25 to be exact, as a teaser of the content yet to come.

Click here to view all of the roadtrip photos we’ve uploaded.

Mass. Creativity: Share our 6-days with the Stars

Monday, November 17, 2008.

We’re back from six unbelievable days of revelry and reverence in Massachusetts and Connecticut with some of Children’s Literature’s greatest authors and illustrators. Over the next many weeks, we’ll be publishing audio and video coverage of some of our fun and festivities.

What you will see and hear on JustOneMoreBook!! in the coming weeks:

What you won’t see or hear on JustOneMoreBook!!:

  • Lane Smith’s Flashlight tour in search of a spooky log cabin in the woods
  • dinners with Lane and Molly (who knew Molly was also an awesome cook!)
  • watching videos with Lane and Molly
  • Lucy & Bayla’s love affairs with cats Pretzel and Noodle, and dogs Mollie, Argos and Ralph
  • the tragic loss of Desperaux
  • getting lost on the way to Richard Michelson’s Gallery
  • getting lost on the way to Richard Michelson’s house
  • dinners with Richard and Jennifer Michelson
  • getting lost on the way to Jarrett Krosoczka’s house
  • breakfast with Paul O. Zelinsky and his wife Deborah, and Richard and Jennifer Michelson
  • Lucy and Bayla clowning with Mo Willems and his daughter, Trixie
  • fabulous post-gallery pizza with the KidLit stars
  • our sobbing daughters when we had to come home

A massive thank you to all the talented, generous and extremely down-to-earth geniuses who made our Picture Book Pilgrimage a vacation of a lifetime.

We hope you’ll join us for, and enjoy, our Mass. Creativity coverage. Stay tuned….

Robert’s Snow Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Auction #2 Begins!

Sunday, November 25, 2007.

Diane Greenseid's Spunky 2007 SnowflakeAuction 2 will begin accepting bids on Monday, November 26th, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. with a starting bid of $50 for each snowflake. All bids must be placed before the close of Auction 2 on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm. Remember that 100% of the proceeds from this online auction will benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and that all but $25 of the winning bid is tax deductible.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)

Happy Bidding!!

A big Thanks! to Tricia Stohr-Hunt for making this list of links available, and to Jules and Eisha for organizing the Bloggers’ Brigade to promote the Robert’s Snow Online Auction for Cancer’s Cure.

Robert’s Snow Snowflake Bloggers for Cancer’s Cure: Final Week

Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Robert's Snow Snowflake Auction: Nov&Dec 2007Starting November 19th, we’ll all have a chance to purchase the artwork of a favourite children’s book illustrator while helping to fight cancer — by participating in a unique fundraiser for cancer research: Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure. Since 2004, this online auction has raised over $200,000 for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, with your help, the holiday tradition will thrive in 2007.In order to raise awareness of and participation in this fabulous fundraiser, we in the kidlitosphere community will be highlighting ~160 of the 200 or so individual illustrators who have created snowflakes for the upcoming 2007 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

Here is this final week’s line up of illustrator showcases and snowflake sneak peeks:

Monday, November 12

Tuesday, November 13

Wednesday, November 14

Thursday, November 15

Friday, November 16

Saturday, November 17

Sunday, November 18

Please take time out to visit these blogs, and read about these fabulous illustrators. And, if you’re so inclined, think about bidding for a snowflake in the Robert’s Snow auction. Each snowflake makes a unique gift (for yourself or for someone else), and supports an important cause.

A big Thanks! to Tricia Stohr-Hunt and Jen Robinson for making this linked schedule available, and to Jules and Eisha for organizing the Bloggers’ Brigade to promote the Robert’s Snow Online Auction for Cancer’s Cure.

 
 

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