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Our vision for this blog is pretty simple: we're going to talk about the books we read. We read lots of different kinds of books: picture books for toddlers, memoirs, young adult fiction, graphic novels, Man Booker Prize-winning high-art metafiction, whatever.
1. Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Erin Stead

This isn’t the first time illustrator Erin Stead has visited 7-Imp. About a year prior to the release of her Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGree, written by Philip C. Stead (who happens to be her husband), she visited to share some early art and the tools she used to make the illustrations for the book. I have to say, when it won the 2011 Caldecott, you would have heard me screaming, had you been standing outside my home (yeah, I screamed that loudly in happiness and enthusiasm, but wait … why are you standing outside my home?), because back then, in 2009, my smart readers (who possess such good taste) and I all recognized it as the special picture book that it is. (To boot, she visited again in 2010, the year the book was actually released, to share even more.)

“or maybe it was the bears and all that stomping, / because bears can’t read signs / that say things like / ‘please do not stomp here— /
there are seeds / and they are trying’ “

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and a wish for rainThis month saw the release of Erin’s second illustrated title, written with tremendous grace by author and poet Julie Fogliano. It’s called and then it’s spring (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook), and it’s Fogliano’s debut book. Trying to summarize it doesn’t really do it justice, I find, since it’s a poem of a picture book. But, if I must, I’ll say it’s about a young boy and his dog, who simply plant a garden. But the heart of the story is about the wait—and even the worry—that comes along with such endeavors in life. “A tender story of anticipation” is how the publisher likes to put it, but … well, yes. That nails it. Pictured above is, arguably (it’s hard to pick), my favorite spread from the book. (The spread itself, as pictured there, is sans text.)

“In an understated and intimate partnership,” writes Publishers Weekly, “Fogliano and Stead conjure late winter doldrums and the relief of spring’s arrival, well worth the wait.” Kirkus’ starred review (well-worth reading, so I link to it there) notes, “Many treasures lie buried within this endearing story, in which humor and anxious anticipation sprout alongside one another.” Indeed, it’s wonderful to see more artwork from Erin, and I also really look forward to what Julie brings readers next.

“and then it rains”(Click to enlarge)

So, since I really adore this book, I’m happy that Erin is having breakfast with me so that you can get a peek inside. However, the other reason I’m pleased she’s visiting is because she gives readers a glimpse at her career thus far

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