Wednesday, November 04, 2009

JOMB; Thank You, Mark & Andrea!

JOMB - or Just One More Book! is the premiere children's book podcast. American Library Association/Association for Library Services for Children named it one of its Best Web Sites for Kids. Others have dipped their toe into podcasting; but not plunged in.

Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross plunged in and then some. From JOMB: "a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books. Each weekday morning, we take a few minutes out of our morning coffee ritual to discuss one of our many favourite children’s books. We also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children’s literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted audio reviews."

Mark and Andrea are advocates of reading; of literacy; of the pleasures of children's books. Their podcast was a labor of love, dating back to 2006. They supported the kidlitosphere conferences, where I had the privilege (and the flat-out fun) of meeting Mark and Andrea in person.

In September, 2009, Mark and Andrea shared the following disappointing news with the kidlit world: having been "pushed beyond my limits by members of the book industry’s dark side," JOMB was going silent after a handful of commitments were wrapped up.

Disappointing news.

The sad news followed in October, with Mark and Andrea's typical strength and conviction: Making Andrea a Breast Cancer Survivor. It took a second to understand what they were telling us. Mark and Andrea -- positive as usual. And the blogosphere will be there for them.

Want to share JOMB? Because there is a heck of a lot of content there. Add a widget to your sidebar! With JOMB's permission and support, The Reading Tub created a widget. You can see it at The Reading Tub's blog; as well as my sidebar.

Edited to add: in the comments, Andrea shares with us the latest updates. Yesterday, she found that she needs a second surgery. Please continue to send good vibes, prayers and warm wishes; here and at the Reading Tub or at JOMB.

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© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy


Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...

Thank you, Liz.

I found out yesterday I need a second surgery -- we definitely need lots of good vibes, prayers and warm wishes.

Jen Robinson said...

Thanks for posting this, Liz. Andrea, sending you all of my best thoughts and good wishes for health. We miss you out here in KidLit land!

Abby said...

Liz, did you SMIZE?! ;)
Wonderful photo and a wonderful article! Hooray!

Mark said...

Wow! Thank you for such kind words and for your continued support of the podcast and during our battle with cancer.

It's been odd not doing JOMB. We really enjoyed sharing our passion in books and exploring new ways of showing it using audio and video. I'm looking forward to the day we can announce Andrea's a breast cancer survivor and that we can reinvent JOMB.

In the meantime, I keep threatening to release two interviews that are already recorded; one with Jennifer McGrath Kent and the other with Jeanne Willis. Keep watching the site. I'll get to them, eventually.