Interview with David Schwartz

Monday, May 26, 2008.

David Schwartz with popcornWe generally expect children’s books to educate and entertain children. It’s a special book that inspires a child to experiment and explore the world around them. It takes an author that conducted experiments during their own childhood, experiments like measuring the length of a frog and the distance of its hop to figure out how far a human with frog legs could hop. It takes an author that’s willing to count and pop one hundred thousand kernels of popcorn to demonstrate big numbers.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book!! is David Schwartz, author of fifty books including How Much is a Million — which inspired our two daughters to count to five hundred during a walk prior to this interview — and Cybils non-fiction finalist Where in the Wild.

Books mentioned:

Photo from davidschwartz.com.

A Caring Countdown: Ten Days and Nine Nights (An Adoption Story)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Author: Yumi Heo (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yumi Heo
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375847189

Simple first person narrative, cheerful illustrations and charming child-like details make this task-by-task countdown to the arrival of a long awaited sibling sweet reading for any child.

More tales of family welcoming and adoption on JOMB:

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, so we can include your audio in our show.

Product Jingles: The Best Of Times (Math Strategies that Multiply)

Friday, June 12, 2009.

The Best Of Times (Math Strategies that Multiply)Author: Gregory Tang (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Harry Briggs (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439210445

Catchy, four-line rhymes and an energetic animal cast aim to take the sting out of multiplication long before the onset of Times Table Torture.

More math on JOMB:

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

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, so we can include your audio in our show

Left Reeling: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Author: Jonah Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: André Carrilho (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375837388

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Gilded, stylized illustrations, scads of stats and lilting, laid back narration present an inspiring tale of persistence, power, poise and prevalent potential in this intimate look at the short but striking career of one of baseball’s greats.

More sports on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Radio Producer and Sound Artist Paolo Pietropaolo explains why he loves Fantastic Mr. Fox (by Roald Dahl).

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, so we can include your audio in our show

Interview with Yael Schy

Monday, June 2, 2008.

Yael SchySimply put, collaboration can make good things great. Now, more than ever, individuals and organizations have embraced the concept of we are smarter than me, internally and in partnerships with their competitors in something that’s been dubbed coopertition. It all hinges on teamwork.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Yael Schy, trainer, coach, organizational consultant and co-author of the picture book Where in the Wild?, about collaborating with her husband David Schwartz and photographer Dwight Kuhn to create an award winning book, and the potential for a children’s book about teamwork and collaboration.

Relevant links:

Photo of Yael Schy: Dramatic Strides.

Loving Living: Some Helpful Tips For A Better World And A Happier Life

Saturday, May 31, 2008.

This episode of Just One More Book!! is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Marcel Boudreau, a man who not only knew how to live a happy life, but helped others understand how to live their own happy lives. He made this a better world. We miss you, Marcel.

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier LifeAuthor: Rebecca Doughty
Illustrator: Rebecca Doughty
Published: 2008 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375842721

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Life is sweet and short and moves so fast, sometimes we need a cheeky little book like this to remind us to stop to live and love our lives.

Other books mentioned:

You can find the lyrics for “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”, by Baz Lurhman, here.

The Sting of the Sidelined Sibling: Chloë’s Birthday. . . and Me

Friday, March 21, 2008.

Chloë's Birthday . . . and MeAuthor: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
Published: 2004 Atheneum/Anne Schwartz (on JOMB)
ISBN: 068986230X

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In minty blues, greens and creams stirred with rich reds and chocolates, like childhood drawings brought magically to life, fabulous folk-art illustrations combine with perfectly picked childhood details to relay a true tale of envy, endurance and a sibling’s special day.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Year I Didn’t Go to School

You can learn more about Chloe and Giselle’s father and the family puppet troupe that brought them to Europe in the 1970′s here.

Sneaky, Cheeky, Catchy: Where in the Wild?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed ... and RevealedAuthor: David Schwartz & Yael Schy
Illustrator: Dwight Kuhn
Published: 2007 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462070

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Ten pleasantly familiar animals perch boldly exposed — yet cleverly concealed — in full page photographs tossing tantalizing clues to their whereabouts through an assortment of snappy, lyrical, comical and informative poems in this 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Award Finalist.

Click here for the Tricycle Press Reading Guide.

Pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the 2007 Cybils finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

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: Week 4

Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Robert's SnowWe 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, November 5

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Permission to Dream: Clara and Senor Frog

Saturday, August 25, 2007.

Clara and Senor FrogAuthor: Campbell Geeslin
Illustrator: Ryan Sanchez
Published: Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375836136

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Luminous with colour, character and unusual details, this simple story of step family shuffling reminds us that working to understand another can sometimes help us understand ourselves.

More art and artists on JOMB:

Loot-Retrieving Girl-Power: Kate and the Beanstalk

Friday, June 1, 2007.

Kate and the BeanstalkAuthor: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689825501

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This refreshing departure from the boy-burglarizes-giant version of the giant beanstalk story has our girls swooning, roaring and cheering each and every time.

 
 

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