children's books http://michiganradio.org en Author Jim Tobin explores children's interest in words in his new book http://michiganradio.org/post/author-jim-tobin-explores-childrens-interest-words-his-new-book <p></p><p>Anyone who's been lucky enough to be a parent has likely been unlucky enough to have had the excruciatingly embarrassing moment when your little darling lets loose with a word that he or she undoubtedly picked up at school or day care, never at home.</p><p>That universal family moment is the subject of a wonderful new children's book written and illustrated by our next guests.</p><p>It's called "The Very Inappropriate Word." It’s about a typical little boy named Michael who loves collecting words, all kinds of words.</p><p>Author Jim Tobin joined us today in the studio along with illustrator Dave Coverly, who draws the award-winning cartoon strip Speed Bump and who works out of his attic studio in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Jim and Dave will be signing copies of “The Very Inappropriate Word” and will give a short presentation, including live drawing, about the process of creating the book in November.</p><p>There will also be paper and pencils available for kids who want to draw along with Dave.</p><p>You can find more information about the event at <a href="http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/" target="_blank">bookbugkalamazoo.<wbr>com/</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:14:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 14382 at http://michiganradio.org Author Jim Tobin explores children's interest in words in his new book Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-11th-2013 <p>It's called many things -- the</p><p>ACA, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. As implementation of the law continues, so does the confusion. On today's show, we sat down and tried to make sense of it all. What will the law mean for Michigan and for you?</p><p>And, we spoke with the Detroit Bureau correspondent for the new TV network Al Jazeera America.</p><p>And, author Jim Tobin and illustrator Dave Coverly joined us to talk about their new children’s book.</p><p>And, public transportation can be confusing, especially for children. The Youth Transit Alliance in Detroit is looking to improve this.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, Moo Cluck Moo, a fast food restaurant in Dearborn Heights, has stepped up and raised their starting wage to $12 an hour. The founder spoke with us about why he thinks fast food workers deserve to be paid more than minimum wage.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama is conditionally endorsing a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. It's an effort to avert U.S. missile strikes.</span></p><p>President Obama addressed the nation last night amidst the continued erosion of support in Congress for military strikes. The President's speech drew mixed reactions from Michigan's Congressional delegation.</p><p>Todd Spangler, D.C. based reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:09:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 14384 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 Sooper Yooper http://michiganradio.org/post/sooper-yooper <p>With 180 invaders already in the Great Lakes, it might take a superhero to keep them out.&nbsp; Luckily, we have one: Sooper Yooper!&nbsp;&nbsp; A new children's book written by Mark Newman and illustrated by the late Mark Heckman, features Billy Cooper, an ex-Navy Seal who lives in the U.P. with his scuba-diving bulldog, Mighty Mac.&nbsp; <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=489">I spoke with Mark Heckman's wife, Diane, and author Mark Newman</a> about the book and Mark Heckman's legacy.</p><p>Top 3 Things to Know about Sooper Yooper:</p><ol><li>A dive in icy Lake Superior to catch a sea lamprey is not for the faint of heart.&nbsp; Please leave this to the professionals.</li><li>Billy Cooper is not a shapeshifter, nor does he have x-ray vision or invisibility.&nbsp; Instead, he's super smart.</li><li>Having trouble getting legislation passed in Congress?&nbsp; No problem for Sooper Yooper.&nbsp; He must have some mighty good lobbying skills. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:02:54 +0000 Rebecca Williams 524 at http://michiganradio.org Sooper Yooper