Interview with Mo Willems

Monday, May 14, 2007.

Mo WillemsThis episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

Mark speaks with author/illustrator Mo Willems about his writing process and ability to write interactive books, Knuffle Bunny Too, and doctoring real life for his books.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Be sure to check out the complete list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here.

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.

MUSIC

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.

Both Sides Now: Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

Sourpuss And Sweetie PieAuthor: Norton Juster (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Chris Raschka (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439929431

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There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very, very good and when she wasn’t, well, you didn’t know what hit you — and you never saw it coming, and then suddenly she was good again. And, of course, you love her anyway.

This playfully illustrated confession of an all too familiar Jekyll and Hyde youngster invites us to look at, and laugh at, our many-sided selves.

See photos of the 19th annual Children’s Illustration Show:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Sarah Ackerley (on JOMB) calls in to tell us about The Sea Serpent and Me (by Dashka Slater and Catia Chien).

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.

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….

Bedbug Busters: But If They Do…

Friday, September 12, 2008.

But If They DoAuthor: Bill Richardson
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550377868

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Toasty tones, a hint of terror and boisterous, confident rhyme make this gleeful triumph over imagined dangers a rowdy and reassuring bedtime read.

Other books mentioned:

More bedtime and frights on JOMB:

Stay tuned at the end of this review for a special treat:
Author/Illustrator extraordinaire, Mo Willems, shares his thoughts on Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, a new book written and illustrated by Bob Shea.

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

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

Sunday, December 2, 2007.

 

Scott Magoon's 2007 SnowflakeAuction 3 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.

We’ve Hit The Big Time!

Monday, November 12, 2007.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Children's Book Blog ExtraordinaireWhat do Jack Gantos, Grace Lin, Adam Rex, John Scieszka, Jarrett Krosoczka and Mo Willems have in common with me, Andrea Ross?

Absolutely nothing — except that, as of today, we’re among the 56 and counting children’s book authors, illustrators and enthusiasts who have been guests of Jules and Eisha, the brainy, eloquent and always entertaining hosts of the revered Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast children’s book blog.

Pop over to 7imp today for the scoop on JOMB — and learn much more than you ever wanted to know about one half of the duo behind it.

Robert’s Snow Snowflake Bloggers for Cancer’s Cure: Week 3

Saturday, October 27, 2007.

Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure
You will soon 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 ’07 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

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

Monday, October 29

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Seuss Meets Slapstick: Today I Will Fly

Friday, June 22, 2007.

Today I Will FlyAuthor: Mo Willems (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Mo Willems
Published: 2007 Hyperion
ISBN: 1423102959

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Four friends, forty-four easy-to-read words and forty-seven phenomenally funny interactions empower even the earliest reader to provide satisfying read-aloud entertainment for the whole family.

We can’t help directing you to some of our other favourite books on the themes of pigs and flying:

 
 

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