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Jarrett Krosoczka’s TED Talk: How a boy became an artist

2013-01-09

We met Jarrett Krosoczka during our six-day Rock Stars of Reading road trip. While visiting his studio one afternoon, Jarrett introduced us to his creative process, passion for creating and taught our daughters how to paint. It was inspiring. His career has really taken off. At the 22nd annual Children’s Illustration Show in 2011, Jarrett told us about new [...]…

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Rebel Pigeon: Scott Fischer draws ‘The Pigeon’ his way

2012-11-11

Last year we attended the 22nd Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibit party at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts. We had been to the 19th annual event three years earlier as part of our Rock Stars of Reading road trip. Mark shot some video at the event and had planned to edit and release it shortly [...]…

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Chip Kidd at TED: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

2012-04-05

Knopf Books Associate Art Director Chip Kidd hits one out of the park with this TED Talk about children’s books and book design.…

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Our future depends on children’s books

2012-02-22

Much of what we become is shaped by the ideas we’re exposed to and the relationships of which we are a part. The stronger those foundations are from childhood, the better equipped we are to understand the people with whom we interact and the world around us. Childrens books are the tools that help us [...]…

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Repairs nearly complete

2011-11-21

We’ve received a lot of email over the last few months about our long neglected website and podcast. Among other things, the audio files would no longer play. It turns out that was one of many other bigger problems with the site. It’s taken some time and there’s still more work to be done, however, I’m [...]…

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Selected chapter books we’ve read in the last year

2010-11-30 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 16s

After a 14-month hiatus, we dust off Just One More Book to participate in the Canadian National Day of Podcasting, a virtual event intended to bring stale shows out of retirement for one-day in a festival-like reunion of online content creators. In this episode, we highlight some of the chapter books we’ve read since parking [...]…

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Back in the Saddle

2010-11-20

If Briefly. December 1, 2010 has been designated as Canadian National Day of Dusting Off Old Podcasts. JustOneMoreBook.com has been sitting dormant for 14 months now. I miss it. Mark misses it. Lucy and Bayla miss it. So, although we were completely unprepared and the audio itself is nothing to be proud of, it was [...]…

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Thank you, Eva Ibbotson

2010-10-24 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 40s

We were saddened to learn about the death of incredible author Eva Ibbotson. We are dedicated fans of her books. In fact, her name comes up in our home almost daily. As a result of Just One More Book!!, we had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Ibboton on her 83rd birthday on January 21, 2008. [...]…

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Support Andrea’s Run For Life

2010-07-18

On October 6, 2009, Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer. On October 3, 2010, she will run for the cure. You can join Andrea in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation by sponsoring her here. Many thanks, Andrea, Mark, Lucy and Bayla…

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Contested Irrelevance (a JOLT! by Andrea)

2010-07-06

Wow! The last nine months have been surreal. Andrea has been nothing short of inspiring as she braved three surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation therapy (30 treatments in all). Through it all, we’ve been blown away by the concern and generosity of our online communities, particularly the people that we [...]…

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We Can Rebuild Her: A breast cancer journal

2009-12-29

We’ve launched the website WeCanRebuildHer.com to document our journey to making Andrea a breast cancer survivor. The site will feature our views as the patient and supporter and carries the tagline Better than she was before… better, stronger, happier. A Breast Cancer Journal. Besides being therapeutic for us, we hope the site proves to be a [...]…

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Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year … and many more to follow

2009-12-24

As surreal as it continues to be, we are making our way through this unexpected Breast Cancer Journey thanks to the support, good wishes and strong positive vibes of our generous friends, family and online/offline community. Chemo is now underway and I believe Andrea is on the upswing of the first round. It’s an odd [...]…

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Get well soon, Andrea!

2009-11-18

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 [...]…

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The Warrior Theme

2009-11-15 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 3s

The day after Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer, Mark sent a personal email to every one of the 220 interview guests of Just One More Book!! asking each if they would leave a voice message on our hotline sending good wishes to Andrea. The plan was to create a CD of audio messages Andrea [...]…

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Making Andrea a Breast Cancer Survivor

2009-10-07

The Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast will be taking an indefinite hiatus so that Andrea and I can focus on making Andrea a Breast Cancer survivor. We received the results of Andrea’s biopsy, yesterday. This morning we met with a surgeon and discussed the treatment process. Note that before we stop production we [...]…

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

2009-10-01 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 5s

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. Ingredients (books discussed): Odd Velvet The Recess Queen Suki’s Kimono Annie Bizzanni Jump into Today’s Soup (feedback): Join the conversation by clicking the Comments link [...]…

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Interview with Rukhsana Khan

2009-09-29 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 13s

It’s no mystery that books are powerful. They teach us skills and history, and take us to places we’ve never been or that never existed.  Many of the best books take us to a place inside of ourselves where we can connect with other stories and escape our own realities. The Roses in my Carpets [...]…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Lily (age 6)

2009-09-25 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 4s

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing authors, illustrators and book people of all walks of life and spanning both ends of careers.  Today, I break new ground for me as I interview a six year-old who’s not my own daughter. Lily was five when she submitted an illustration to our Love of Reading Gallery, making [...]…

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What’s in it for me?

2009-09-23

“Raise a Reader” Canwest Raise-a-Reader is a national campaign to generate funds for local literacy programs and increase awareness about the importance of encouraging family literacy. The Raise-a-Reader program has raised $12.7 million for literacy beneficiaries across Canada since it began in 2002. One hundred per cent of the money raised stays in the community [...]…

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Interview with Shauntay Grant

2009-09-21 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 7s

While her book Up Home may be set in the one of Canada’s most important black communities, author Shauntay Grant‘s story is universal. As noted in the jacket flap, the book celebrates growing up and remembering our roots. On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Shauntay Grant about turning a spoken [...]…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Isaac (age 10)

2009-09-17 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 4s

We opened our Love of Reading Gallery in July 2008 and invited all illustrators to submit original artwork that promotes a love of reading.  Submissions spanned the globe including Venezuela and Romania and covered all age ranges. On this edition, Mark speaks with artist, blogger and budding author, Isaac, now 10 (he was 9 when he created his [...]…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Gracie (age 7)

2009-09-15 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 4s

We opened our Love of Reading Gallery in July 2008 and invited all illustrators to submit original artwork that promotes a love of reading.  Submissions came from as far as Brazil, Vietnam and South Africa and covered all age ranges. On this edition, Mark speaks with artist, blogger and budding author, Gracie, now 8 (she [...]…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Aaron Zenz

2009-09-13 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 6s

As part of the second anniversary celebrations of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast, we invited illustrators to submit artwork that promotes a love of reading. Now, well into our fourth year, we’re still conducting short interviews with contributors to our Love of Reading Gallery. On this edition, Mark speaks with author/artist Aaron [...]…

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A Capital Lament: The End of an Era

2009-09-10 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 3s

It’s Poetry Friday and, since I’ve been pushed beyond my limits by members of the book industry’s dark side, we present a poem I wrote back in the spring of 2005 to lament the loss of CBC Ottawa’s much loved afternoon host, Brent Bambury. I’ve loved doing Just One More Book!! and it will be [...]…

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

2009-09-08 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 10s

Author: 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. Other biographies on JOMB: It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph One Beetle Too Many — The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin [...]…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Patricia Storms

2009-09-07 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 7s

As we find ourselves soldiering into our fourth year of Just One More Book!!, we’re still catching up on interviews with illustrators that contributed original work to our Love of Reading Gallery as part of our second anniversary celebrations.  Yes, we’re a little behind. On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with illustrator Patricia Storms [...]…

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

2009-09-03 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 7s

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. [...]…

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Wondering Why to Read: Amadi’s Snowman

2009-09-01 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 8s

Author: Katia Novet Saint-Lot (on JOMB) Illustrator: Dimitrea Tokunbo (on JOMB) Published: 2008 Tilbury House (on JOMB) ISBN: 9780884482987 Earth toned images of bustling Nigerian swelter contrast with the book-bound allure of a world of frost and snow in this tale of a young boy pondering the pros and cons of literacy. More books and [...]…

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Are You Serious??? Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog

2009-08-28
Length: 6m 25s

Author: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB) Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB) Published: 2009 Andersen Press (on JOMB) ISBN: 9780761351511 - Unrealistically scrawny pop culture ideals, issues of acceptance and fears of unhealthy body image have made fitness and...…

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Love of Reading Gallery – Candace Trew Camling

0000-00-00 :: Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis
Length: 6s

As we find ourselves soldiering into our fourth year of Just One More Book!!, we remain in the process of catching up on interviews with illustrators that contributed original work to our Love of Reading Gallery — part of our second anniversary cele…

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