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1. Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Brianne Farley

  Several weeks ago at Kirkus, I wrote here about Brianne Farley’s new picture book, Secret Tree Fort, published by Candlewick just last month. When I write about picture books over at Kirkus, I always like to follow up with art about a week later here at 7-Imp. I can’t write about picture books without […]

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2. The Mother of All Posts

  I joined a few other children’s lit folks over at Slate Magazine to discuss children’s books that celebrate motherhood. Click on the image above to see the gallery of titles. Until tomorrow …

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3. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #481: Featuring David Litchfield

  It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that here in 7-Imp Land I take a look at the work of an up-and-coming illustrator. Today, instead of a student, I’ve got a debut author-illustrator. David Litchfield’s new book, The Bear and the Piano (Clarion), was evidently inspired (in part) by the White Stripes’ […]

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4. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Bethan Woollvin

  This morning over at Kirkus, I write about three new engaging picture books for the preschool set. That will be here soon. * * * Last week, I wrote here about Bethan Woollvin’s Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016), and I’m following up today with some spreads from the book. Enjoy!   “And he made […]

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5. Borten’s Book Re-Birth

“The renewed interest in work I did so long ago is both wonderful and disconcerting; it brings back a different person, a young artist juggling a career and motherhood, as passionately immersed in visual expression as I later became in sound production.” * * * Over at Kirkus today, I talk to author-illustrator Helen Borten, […]

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6. Definitely Something Beautiful

“In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint. Every time she saw a blank piece of paper, Mira thought to herself, Hmm, maybe . . . And because of this, her room was filled with color andher heart was filled with joy.”(Click to enlarge […]

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7. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #480: Featuring Kaori Takahashi

(Click to enlarge)   I’ve got a tiny peek today inside Kaori Takahashi’s Knock! Knock!, published by Tara Books this month and with text from Gita Wolf. Tiny, as in just two little illustrations, but if you want more information, you can head over to my BookPage review of the book. As you’ll read there, […]

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8. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What IDid Last Week, Featuring Ken Min and Bob Raczka

— From Bob Raczka’s Wet Cement(Click to enlarge)   — From What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?   Today over at Kirkus, I write about Bethan Woollvin’s debut picture book, Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016). That is here, and next week I’ll have some art from it here at 7-Imp. * * * […]

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9. Papercut Paris

  Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Paris Up, Up and Away (Thames & Hudson, April 2016) from French illustrator and paper and textile designer Hélène Druvert. That is here. (Or you can just click on the snippet above.) Until tomorrow …

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10. A Moment with Melissa

“In the morning, Mommy gives us wake-up kisses and says,‘Good morning, little one. Can you hear the sounds of our world?’ Listen! …”(Click to enlarge spread)   I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson’s Listen to Our World (Paula Wiseman Books, March 2016), illustrated by Melissa Sweet. […]

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11. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #479: Featuring Akiko Miyakoshi

“I wonder how fast the wind blows. I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away. The ship sails into the black clouds.I keep watch.”(Click to enlarge)   Hi, dear kickers! I’m back from my research trip and happy to be kickin’ again. I write […]

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12. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Hervé Tullet

“Eeeek! We better leave on tiptoe . . .”(Click to enlarge spread)   In honor of National Poetry Month, I have my favorite new poetry title over at Kirkus today. That will be here soon. * * * At the end of March, I talked here with Hervé Tullet over at Kirkus, and I’m just […]

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13. Two Things on This Thursday

  Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Q&A with former Simon & Schuster editor Emma D. Dryden, who now runs her own editorial consulting firm and who talks to me about her new picture book. That chat will be here soon. * * * Last week at Chapter 16, I talked to author and […]

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14. Bedtime Bliss: Jane Smiley’sand Lauren Castillo’s Twenty Yawns

Sketch and final art: “She spread her blankie over them and kissed them good night. Now they looked sleepy and happy.”   Hello, Imps. I was out of town, and I missed blogging. But I’m back. And today I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley’s debut picture book, Twenty […]

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15. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #477 and 478:Featuring James Marshall (and a Tiny Blog Break)

Hi, dear kickers! I’m getting on a plane this morning to head to Connecticut. Last year, I was fortunate enough to receive the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I have the opportunity to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I […]

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16. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Sydney Smith

(Click to enlarge)   Today over at Kirkus, I take a look at the newest U.S. release from Japanese author-illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi. That will be here soon. * * * Last week, I wrote here about Jo Ellen Bogart’s The White Cat and the Monk, illustrated by Sydney Smith. Today, I follow up with some […]

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17. A Play Date with Hervé Tullet

“I feel that inspiration is everywhere. You just have to find it. To look, observe — the streets, the walls, the pavement, the windows, the traffic jams, and so on. … I feel that everybody is ready for this experience, including children. There’s a real connection between art and children. Children don’t know anything, and […]

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18. Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Gareth Hinds

  If you like the artwork of Gareth Hinds, pictured right, you’re in for a treat today. In this, his breakfast visit to 7-Imp, he shares a whole heapin’ lot of artwork, and it’s my pleasure to feature it. You may have already heard a lot this year about Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of […]

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19. En Pointe with Barbara McClintock

“When my sister was in college near Minneapolis, she took me to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. This was the first professional dance performance I’d ever seen. I was hesitant and had no idea what to expect. The magnificent Judith Jamison was the featured dance soloist. She dominated the stage, creating shapes and patterns. […]

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20. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Julie Morstad

“soon we will go to the beach / where we will swim /and eat plums and peanut butter sandwiches …”   This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a small picture book round-up. That will be here soon. * * * Last week, I wrote here about Julie Fogliano’s first poetry collection, When Green Becomes […]

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21. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #475: Featuring Cécile Gambini

“Don’t I look like a living painting? …”(Click to enlarge and read text)   Next month will see the U.S. publication of a book called Strange Trees: And the Stories Behind Them, written by Bernadette Pourquié and illustrated by Cécile Gambini (Princeton Architectural Press). It was a book first published in France, evidently the winner […]

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22. A Visit with Larry Day

“… Yes, they said, that youngster Roosevelt is going to do big stuff—exactly like his famous, older cousin, President Ted.”(Click to enlarge spread)   Illustrator Larry Day is in 7-Imp Land today to talk about creating the artwork for Suzanne Tripp Jurmain’s new picture book (Dial, January 2016), Nice Work, Franklin!. The book—which kicks off […]

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23. Following Up with Barbara McClintock . . .

“The theater lights dim. The music begins. The curtain rises. The dancers glide onstage. Gracefully they end, and swirl, and leap. Emma watches every move.She can feel every lift of the dancers’ arms, every step and pause.”(Click each to enlarge)   Last week, I chatted with author-illustrator Barbara McClintock over at Kirkus about her newest […]

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24. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, FeaturingMarie-Louise Gay, Peter McCarty, & Viviane Schwarz

“‘Let’s find gold,’ said Anna.‘That would be dangerous and difficult,’ said Crocodile.‘Good!’ said Anna. ‘Let’s go!'”— From How to Find Gold   “This is Badger. And this is Tiger.They really are best friends.”— From Tiger and Badger(Click to enlarge spread)   “They know their A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s. . . .”— From Bunny Dreams(Click to enlarge […]

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25. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #476: Featuring Helen Oxenbury

“Jack, Zack, and Caspar, brave mariners three,were building a galleon down by the sea.Up rose the sides and the stern and the bow.Zack, the ship’s bosun, worked hard on the prow.”(Click to enlarge spread)   Today, I’ve got some artwork from the great Helen Oxenbury. On shelves this month from Dial is Captain Jack and […]

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