Archive for the 'Etcetera' Category

A New Tradition

h1 Monday, October 21st, 2019


What (you may be wondering) is the “Caldecott Torch?” If you’re curious (and if you recognize that as Matthew Cordell’s handwriting, you’d be correct), head on over to the Horn Book’s site today where I briefly write about this at Calling Caldecott.

That is here.

Signal Boosting Before Breakfast

h1 Wednesday, August 7th, 2019


Here’s my new favorite piece of art. This was created by author-illustrator Daniel Miyares for a poster, and all the proceeds go to We Need Diverse Books.

More info here.

Until Friday . . .

No Muslim Ban Ever

h1 Thursday, February 7th, 2019

On social media this week, I saw the comic posted here today and secured permission from the creators to also share it here at 7-Imp. It was created by Gerry Chow, who wrote it; Raina Telgemeier, who drew it; Thi Bui, who lettered and colored it; and Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus, who provided editorial guidance. (You can also see this comic at Thi’s, Raina’s, and Gerry’s Instagram feeds.)

More information can be found here and at the hashtag #RepealtheBan.

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Come One, Come All:
A Conversation with Anastasia Higginbotham

h1 Thursday, October 18th, 2018


A week from today at Parnassus Books, I’ll have a conversation with author-illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham about her newest picture book, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press, September 2018). This book is part of her Ordinary Terrible Things series, which I’ve written about here. (Wanna see art from two previous books in that series? Head to this 7-Imp post.)

All the details about our conversation next week are in this handy-dandy image (above) that I didn’t even have to make, but here is more information at Parnassus’s site, should you need it.


h1 Thursday, September 13th, 2018


Over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today, I talk to author Karen Blumenthal about Kidlitwomen*, which Karen co-founded with author-illustrator Grace Lin.

That is here. Read! Ponder! Follow them on social media!

Until tomorrow …

Merry Christmas from 7-Imp!

h1 Monday, December 25th, 2017

Here’s my favorite Christmas image of all, which I saved for Christmas Day. It’s from Sergio Ruzzier.

Happy holidays to all!

Your 7-Imp Holiday Gift Guide?
Yes, Your 7-Imp Holiday Gift Guide!

h1 Friday, November 24th, 2017


Black Friday may not be my thing, but I have at Kirkus this week a holiday gift guide, of all the thingy things.

BOOKS, of course!

It occurred to me I’m in my seventh year of blogging at Kirkus, so I take a look at favorite posts I’ve done over the years, ones that include books I just know your friends and family would like to unwrap this year. (Pictured above is one of those books, one of my favorite novels this year.)

That is here.

Happy book-hunting!

Happy Halloween from 7-Imp!

h1 Tuesday, October 31st, 2017


This wonderful image is from illustrator Chuck Groenink. He posted it on Instagram yesterday (“Felt like drawing something new for Halloween,” he wrote) and gave me permission to share it here at 7-Imp today.

Hope you get all your favorite candy when trick-or-treating. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll run into these creatures in the forest.

Calling Caldecott

h1 Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Hey, everybody. I’m joining the Calling Caldecott team over at the Horn Book. Here’s my post over there from last week where I wave hello to everyone from here in middle Tennessee.

Today is the day we’re kicking off the book-list discussion, asking for readers to suggest the picture books you’d like to see discussed this Fall and Winter. It won’t be just Martha, Lolly, and me over there for the next several months. We plan to invite guest bloggers to keep the conversations fresh and to ensure diverse voices.

So, if you love picture books, head on over there today—here’s the link—and weigh in, if you’re so inclined.

Until tomorrow …

I Pretty Much Never Miss This One . . .

h1 Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Here’s a quick post to remind those of you in and near Tennessee that it’s almost time for Knoxville’s Children’s Festival of Reading, which is one of the country’s best book festivals. You can click here to read about the authors and illustrators visiting this year (I’ll moderate a picture book panel discussion), and you can click here to read even more details about the festival.

See you there!