Interview with Zetta Elliott

Monday, December 8, 2008.

Remember that ad in which a not-so-grown boy said “things sure have changed since when I was a little kid”?  We like to think that’s true of children’s books and, when we think about it, it must be.  If children’s books hadn’t come as far as they have, we wouldn’t have books that tackle issues; books like Not in Room 204, Gleam and Glow and Bird.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Zetta Elliott, author of the book Bird, about publishing picture books that tackle real-life issues like drug addiction, getting published in foreign markets and being daring as both book publishers and book buyers.

To hear more of the conversation with Zetta, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website,, in time for the December 2008 issue which will include a link to more of our conversation.

Everybody Got Their Somethin’: Bird

Friday, November 21, 2008.

BirdAuthor: Zetta Elliott (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Shadra Strickland (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Lee and Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 160060241X

Delicate first-person verse and a stirring orchestration of watercolour, charcoal and ballpoint pen illustrations peek inside a young artist as he wrestles with his family’s issues of addiction and loss.

More dreams of flight on JOMB:

Pop over to Brimstone Soup for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Marlive Harris, founder of the book club tells us about Little Lion Goes to School (by Kellie Magnus and Michael Robinson)

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.

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