Interview with Jon Scieszka: The True Story of The National Book Festival

Monday, September 22, 2008.

National Book Day with Ambassador Jon ScieszkaFor the last 8 years, the United States Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council have hosted an amazing celebration of literacy and children’s books. It’s called The National Book Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 27th 2008. Thousands are expected to join in the festivities and meet authors and illustrators. And many more will be celebrating across the globe, thanks to The Young Readers’ Toolkit.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, I’m joined by Jon Scieszka author of a long list of fabulously original books including Science Verse and Math Curse, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to talk about this year’s National Book Festival, his role in promoting literacy and balancing a child’s reading diet.

Books mentioned:

For more information about the National Book Festival, click here.

To join into the festivities from afar by accessing the Young Readers’ Toolkit, click here.

Special thanks to Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page for lending her expertise as we prepared for this interview.

Rock Stars of Reading part 13: Making Children’s Books Count

Monday, April 27, 2009.

Mark, Richard Michelson (on JOMB), Tony Diterlizzi and Scott Fisher spoke for three hours about almost everything related to children’s books and the publishing industry.  It was a very cerebral conversation, much of which revolved around print and digital books, the future of the industry and competing with technology for reader attention.  There were light moments, too, like when they did an analysis of Jon Scieszka‘s (on JOMB) reign as the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

MUSIC

  • Theme: Woolly Mammoth by Robert Farrell (from Sun House Fury, part 1)
  • Skittles at Buckley Bay & Mischief in the Garden by Jaime RT (from Reach)
You may have seen these books by Richard Michelson…
  
…these by Tony Diterlizzi…
  
…and these by Scott Fischer…
  

After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

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Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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.

Listener Submitted Reviews #24

Saturday, August 2, 2008.

On this edition, we play a listener submitted review from New Zealand and two that we recorded in the Rogers Television green room in Ottawa.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our JOMB listener hotline (206-350-6487).

Need some inspiration? Give a listen to 23 previous listener submitted review episodes here.

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 justonemorebook@gmail.com, 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!

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Infectious Burlesque: Science Verse

Friday, November 30, 2007.

Science VerseAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lane Smith (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Penguin Young Reader (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670062693

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Mother Goose, Longfellow and Edgar Allen Poe get a jolt of unshakable Scieszkan nonsense in this addictive collection of twisted belt-it-out classics.

Other books mentioned:

Check out 7-Imp’s interview with the amazing Jon Scieszka here.

Check out our chat with Lane Smith here.

 
 

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