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1. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #487: Featuring Lynn Rae Perkins

Good morning, dear Imps! I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Lynne Rae Perkins’s Frank and Lucky Get Schooled (Greenwillow, June 2016), which is such an excellent picture book. Normally, I like to link to these reviews from here at 7-Imp so that I can also show you some art from the book. But […]

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2. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week,Featuring Yasmeen Ismail and Qin Leng

“… but I’m sweet and sour, not a little flower!”— From Yasmeen Ismail’s I’m a Girl!(Click to enlarge spread)   “‘One of my dads is tall and one is short. They both give good hugs.'”— From Sara O’Leary’s A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng(Click to enlarge spread)   Today […]

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3. Mischief with Marciano

“Over pie and coffee, I pitched Sophie a couple ideas. One was nothing more than a setting—a small city in southern Italy I had visited a dozen years earlier. The thing about Benevento is that it was totally infested with witches of all kinds, and for generations kids had to learn strategies on how to […]

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4. Father’s Day at Slate

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

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5. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #486: Featuring Lisa Brown

“Inside the airport you stand in lines.You stand in lines to get your ticket. You stand in lines to check your bags.There are lines for the restrooms. There are lines to go through security.”(Click to enlarge spread)   Arriving just last month (is it already June?) on bookshelves was Lisa Brown’s newest picture book, The […]

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6. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Faith Ringgold

“We are ALL Americans,Just the same.”(Click to enlarge spread)   This morning at Kirkus, I have two new picture books (well, both are forthcoming, one sooner than the other) all about defying labels. That will be here soon. * * * Last week, I talked here with Faith Ringgold. I’m following up today with two […]

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7. The Rabbit hOle, the world’s first ExploraStorium

  By now, you may have already read about The Rabbit hOle, the ambitious new project from the owners of Reading Reptile, a children’s bookstore in Kansas City, Missouri. The video above is a great introduction to the project, and not just for the reference to rye whiskey. This Kansas City Star article from April […]

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8. Meeting Your Match

  Here’s a quick post to show off the artwork of Dutch illustrator Martijn van der Linden, who illustrated Maranke Rinck’s The Other Rabbit (Lemniscaat). I believe this book was released here in the States last Fall (and it may have even been released in the Netherlands the same year, though I’m not sure about […]

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9. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #485: Featuring Alexis Deacon

  I’ve got some art today from author-illustrator Alexis Deacon’s first graphic novel, Geis: A Matter of Life & Death. (“Geis,” a Gaelic word for a taboo or curse, is pronounced gesh.) It will be on bookshelves in July from Nobrow Press. Let me back up a bit and say that I love to see […]

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10. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What IDid Last Week, Featuring Too Many Artists to List Here

  Today at Kirkus, I’ve got something a bit different — a thank-you to teachers who read aloud in the classroom. That is here. * * * Last week, I wrote a Fall Picture Book preview (that is here), so today I’ve got a bit of art from each book. Well, there’s one exception: I’m […]

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11. My Q&A with Faith Ringgold

“I do love the creativity and energy of children. My foundation, the Anyone Can Fly Foundation, is devoted to teaching children about the African American artists that have been left out of the historical canon.” * * * Over at Kirkus today, I talk to author-illustrator Faith Ringgold, pictured here. Tar Beach, her first picture […]

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12. A Child of Books

  Arriving on bookshelves in September (Candlewick) will be Oliver Jeffers’s and Sam Winston’s A Child of Books, and today I’ve got a little sneak peek. First, they have created one of those newfangled book trailer dealios (to be exact) for the book, which is above. (It’s always fun to hear that Belfast accent.) Also, […]

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13. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #484: Featuring Tarō Gomi

“Is someone standing looking over the ocean … just like I am doing now?”(Click to enlarge spread)   I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Tarō Gomi’s Over the Ocean, originally published in 1979. If you’d like to read about the book, I send you there. And if you want to see some art […]

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14. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Sergio Ruzzier

(Click each to enlarge)   This morning over at Kirkus, I have a sort of Fall 2016 Picture Book Preview. That will be here soon. * * * Pictured above is my favorite spread from Sergio Ruzzier’s newest picture book, This Is Not a Picture Book! (Chronicle, May 2016). I wrote about it here at […]

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15. A Peek into Denise Fleming’s Studio

  Pictured here is a gelatin print from author-illustrator Denise Fleming. She’s experimenting, while working on some new books. Since she chatted with me last week at Kirkus (here) about her latest picture book, Maggie and Michael Get Dressed (Henry Holt, April 2016), I wanted to follow up today here at 7-Imp with some images […]

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16. Harold’s Hungry Eyes

I always like to see the work of Kevin Waldron. His newest picture book, Harold’s Hungry Eyes (Phaidon Press, May 2016) is funny stuff. It’s the tale of a hungry dog, living in the city, who is “insatiably hungry. All of the time.” The only thing he likes about as much as he loves food […]

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17. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #483:Featuring Jeffery Boston Weatherford

” … Of more than 400,000 pilots trained / by the CPTP, only 2,000 are black; / less than half of a percent. / Yet 2,000 dreams of flight / are finally off the ground.”   Today I’ve got a bit of art from Carole Boston Weatherford’s newest book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, […]

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18. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, FeaturingPeter Brown, Milan Pavlovic, and Jillian Tamaki

“There was only one place Brightbill could have gone. The robot gravesite.So Roz galloped northward.”— From Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot   “‘He’s here!’ she yelled, and ran outside. The moment her father stepped out,Gertie threw her arms around him, and hehugged her back so hard he lifted her off the ground.”— From Kate Beasley’s […]

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19. 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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20. Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids

  One of my favorite picture books of 2016 thus far is Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids (Roaring Brook, May 2016). I’ve got a review of it over at BookPage. That is here. Today, Lane shares some early studies and sketches, as well as some final art from the book. (Note: Some […]

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21. Throwback Thursday

From Do You See What I See? —“Up and down lines pull me up, up, up with them, until I feel as tall as a steeple and as taut as a stretched rubber band. I think of lofty trees, a lighthouse rising above the sea, a rocket soaring high into the sky, noble kings in […]

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22. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, FeaturingIrene Dickson, Emily Gravett, and Kazue Takahashi

— From Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Home:“I walk into his home.It smells slightly of bear.”(Click to enlarge)   — From Bear & Hare—Where’s Bear?:“There!”(Click to enlarge)   — From Blocks:Note: The text here is different than it appears in the book.(Click to enlarge)   Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got some new children’s lit novels on the […]

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23. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #482: Featuring Isol

(Click to enlarge)   Hello, dear kickers. I’ve got an alphabet book today, one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. It’s from Argentine author-illustrator Isol, who won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2013. Daytime Visons: An Alphabet comes to readers this month by way of Enchanted Lion Books. Isol originally wrote […]

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24. The Best Thing You’ll Read All Day

Click the image below for some wise words from author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier. Thanks, Sergio and the Nerdy Book Club.  

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25. My Kirkus Q&A with Denise Fleming

“I am pretty much the same person I was at age 4 or 5. I like the same things. I am still bossy and messy. Animals were my best friends then — and now. Still like to make things using bright colors. Abhor bedtime. Peanut butter, pickles, chocolate, and cheese and chips are my favorite […]

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