Story-coated Storytelling Skills: Show; Don’t Tell (Secrets of Writing)

Friday, April 4, 2008.

Show; Don't Tell! (Secrets of Writing)Author: Josephine Nobisso
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
Published: 2001 Gingerbread House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0940112132

Push-button glass crashing, scratch-and-sniff scent and a cast of warmly illustrated and lovable animal characters disguise this palatable presentation of language arts pointers as a read-again storytime hit.

Interview with Esme Raji Codell

Saturday, October 13, 2007.

Welcome to Planet EsmeAuthor and certified Readiologist(TM), Esme Raji Codell has so many children’s books in her collection that she and her husband decided to give the books their own home. The result is something Esme calls the Gingerbread Apartment of Planet Esme, the manifestation of the website

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Esme Raji Codell about Planet Esme, her efforts to help educate people about great children’s books, and her thoughts on what children’s books can do to change the world.

You can read more about The Gingerbread House of Planet Esme here

Interview with Sharron McElmeel

Sunday, March 2, 2008.

Sharron McElmeelAccording to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.

Sharron McElmeel is a leading expert in this field and she’s done just about everything including publishing a 220-page book called Character Education: A Book Guide for Teachers, Librarians and Parents.

As part of a discussion on character education and her other projects, Sharron McElmeel answers questions that help reveal some of her powerful advice which includes make your house a “book house”, include a book on every gift-giving occasion and we must all move out of our classrooms and living rooms to spread the joy of reading everywhere we can.

Links to Ms. McElmeel’s resources and books mentioned:

  • Sharron McElmeel‘s website
  • McBookWords – a resource for schools, educators and librarians
  • McBookWords blog
  • Character Education: A Book Guide for Teachers, Librarians and Parents
  • Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories and More
  • Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories and More

Children’s books mentioned:



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