Rules, Rudeness & Rivalry: Little Sister and the Month Brothers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Little Sister and the Month BrothersAuthor: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Margot Tomes (on JOMB)
Published: 1976 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780761455462

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With its chatty narrative, droll dialogue and playfully illustrated play-by-play, this plucky retelling of the traditional Slavic tale is practically bound theatre.

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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.

Kevin Bolger becomes a first time published author

Monday, July 7, 2008.

Kevin BolgerBy day he’s the popular Mr. B, a reading and writing teacher at First Avenue Public School in Ottawa. At night, he’s the creator of a fantasy world from medieval times — a time of not-so-brave-knights.

Kevin Bolger launched his first book on June 3 to a crowd of nearly 300 people. Despite its title, Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, this young reader novel (with illustrations) is not mired in toilet humour.

This edition of Just One More Book!! features coverage of the book launch and excerpts from an interview with Kevin Bolger including discussions on how the book came together, how Mr. B submitted his manuscript using a computer in a public library and how being a published author will affect him as a teacher.

Feudal Food, Facts & Fanfare: A Medieval Feast

Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Medieval FeastAuthor: Aliki (a.k.a. Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg)
Illustrator: Aliki
Published: 1983 HarperTrophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064460509

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Generous illustrations with a fifteenth century flair combine with friendly, accessible narrative to make this well-researched account of the exhaustive preparations for and extravagance of a medieval feast an engaging story time favourite.

Skill & Survival: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish

Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called FishAuthor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Beth Krommes (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618548955

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Soothing speculation, striking details and spellbinding scratchboard art present a gripping account of The Karluk‘s last icy voyage and the strength and resourcefulness that beat all odds.

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Reptilian Rivalry: Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise

Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Spotty & Eddie Learn to CompromiseAuthor: Lisa M. Chalifoux
Illustrator: Heather Castles
Published: 2008 Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425155472

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What could be more giggle-inducing than recognizing our own human foibles in a pair of sweet and spunky turtles? With its slapstick, smiles and airy, upbeat illustrations, this simple story helps us laugh at the silliness of squabbles and invites us to find a better way.

You can sneak a peek at the whole book on Heather Castles’ blog, here!

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Interview with Valerie Coulman

Monday, July 16, 2007.

Val CoulmanSupporting literacy isn’t just about creating great books; it’s also about making sure they’re available to the community. Of course, that’s why libraries exist. Can you imagine if your community closed the doors to its libraries?

On this edition of Just One More Book, author Valerie Coulman speaks with Mark about the closing of all of the libraries in her community, and on a happier note, her book When Pigs Fly and how she develops her story ideas.

This interview was recorded on April 27, 2007 and when we checked with Ms. Coulman on July 15 (the day before this interview was published) she informed us that her community has voted to keep the libraries closed.

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Recognizing Rivalry: Zelda and Ivy

Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Zelda and IvyAuthor: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Illustrator: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Published: 2002 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)

Through a cunning combination of body language and dialogue, these candid stories shed light on the confusion and comradery of the social experiment we call “siblinghood”.

Books mentioned: Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door
Podcasts mentioned: Desperate Husbands

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The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Author: Spencer Johnson
Illustrator: Stephen Pileggi
Published: 1977 Value Communications
ISBN: 0916392066

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With cartoony illustrations and stripped down stories the ValueTales Series of books use imaginitive devices to introduce young readers to historical figures and the personal attributes that helped them make a difference in their worlds.

If you are curious about the fate of the ValueTales, you can listen to an interesting interview about an attempt to revive these books on Mark’s ElectricSky podcast.

Soup du Jour: Unwavering Self-Worth Inside and Outside the Box

Friday, October 2, 2009.

Today we look at a clump of four books about independent thinkers who, without fanfare or animosity, disregard the judgements of others and are simply happy being who they are.

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Second Helpings (transcript of podcast):

In a society where the media, schools and, sadly, even parents often expect us to conform to prescribed,cookie-cutter ways of being, a common challenge for adults and children alike is to understand and appreciate out-of-the-box thinking or behavior in ourselves and others. With so much emphasis on conforming, being or even befriending a person who is viewed as different can be a scary and isolating experience.It’s not surprising, then, that we sometimes go to great lengths to reject or hide our unique selves — and to avoid those who don’t.

Many children’s books and, to a greater extent, movies attempt to reduce the social stigma against being different through boisterous victory-of-the-underdog themed stories in which the independent thinker saves the day and, to the rousing cheers of once-distant peers, instantly becomes the poster child of popularity. There is no denying that such victories feel great but I believe stories which present quiet appreciation, improved understanding or simply congenial co-existence go further to help children deal with different ways of being.

Before looking at the books, let me explain that I like to read to my two daughters in clumps. That is, I like to read in one sitting several books that are completely parallel in certain ways — offering similar characters, situations, or themes — but are different enough to make the clumped reading interesting. I clump by activity (riding a bike, say), by storyline (several variations on the Frog Prince story, for example) or, as in the case today, by explorations of a similar type of character (a girl that is viewed as being different). There are many books that deal with differences in, what I believe are, very constructive ways. Today we look at a clump of four books about independent thinkers who, without fanfare or animosity, disregard the judgements of others and are simply happy being who they are.

Odd VelvetOdd Velvet (Mary Whitcomb Illustrated by Tara Calahan King; 1998 Chronicle Books) tells the story of a happily independent school girl who has bypassed the consumer mentality of her peers and finds beauty and entertainment in the world around her. What I love about this story is that Violet’s unimposing enjoyment of life remains steadfast throughout… her self esteem easily withstands the taunts of her classmates and she remains true to her nature as she gradually gains the respect of her peers. Violet’s self worth is clearly not tied to her judgment by others.
The Recess Queen The Recess Queen (Alexis O’Neill Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith; 2002 Scholastic Press) relays, in snappy, what is it? Hip hop beat? the story of a school yard bully effortlessly felled by the teeny tiny independently minded Katie Sue, a kid you might scare with a jump and a boo!. Here again, the beauty of the story — for me — is in Katie Sue’s unwavering sense of self worth regardless of her noticeably different approach to life and in the fact that she takes in stride both the bullying and her offhanded deflation of the bully.
Suki's Kimono Suki’s Kimono (Chieri Uegaki Illustrated by Stephane Jorisch; 2003 Kids Can Press) is a refreshing celebration of individuality and joie de vivre. This first-day-of-school story contrasts the uninhibited and happily independent six year old Suki with her self-conscious, stiff and validation-seeking sisters — and their complete embarrassment that their little sister is wearing a kimono to school. Although I think Suki could do without the applause of her classmates, Suki’s sunny self-assurance remains constant throughout and she gains no satisfaction from the fact that her sisters’ preparation and preening brought them nothing but exasperation.
Annie Bizzanni Annie Bizzanni (Frances Halle Illustrated by Fil et Julie; 2006 Bayard Canada Books) introduces us to a creative, multi-tasking and impulsive free-spirit who lives life in large slices which she feels no pressure to complete. Although her friends are obviously amused, inconvenienced and, sometimes, scared by Annie’s quirky behavior what I love about this book is that Annie’s way of being is simply portrayed as being different — not better or worse — than that of her peers, that her friends love her for who she is and that she is very happy being herself.

Although society may expect it, we’re not cookie cutouts and we all fall inside and outside various different boxes. We might as well enjoy ourselves!

Thanks for listening. I’m Andrea Ross from the Just One More Book!! Podcast and we’ve been Swimming in Literary Soup.

Reach For the Stars: Bad News for Outlaws (The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. MarshalAuthor: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780822567646

This true tale of swindlers, slayers, smarts and skill will lasso listeners of all stripes.

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Worth A Thousand Words: It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

Friday, September 4, 2009.

Author: Monica Kulling (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Published: 2009 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780887768811

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the compact camera. This sprightly tale of curiosity and determination puts the spotlight on the inventive young man who made photographers of all of us, one improvement at a time.

On this date, September 4, in 1888, George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak. You can learn more here.

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