Archive for the 'Etcetera' Category

I’ve Got Nothing Else This Week

h1 Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

The 2022 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

h1 Monday, January 31st, 2022

Look at that beautiful seal above!

The Robin Smith Picture Book Prize was created in honor of my late friend Robin Smith. Her husband, Dean, annually chooses a picture book for this award, a picture book that he thinks Robin would have loved reading aloud to her second-grade students. And he chooses a book that he thinks exemplifies what she looked for in picture books (excellent writing and outstanding illustrations) as the incredible teacher, reviewer, parent and picture book expert she was.

Over at the Horn Book today, Dean announces this year’s winner (!) and shows off this beautiful sticker, created by his daughter, Julie Schneider, and her friend Cristina Gomez. The award is five years old now, but the seal is new!

You can read more here.

My Wish For You . . .

h1 Thursday, December 23rd, 2021


Author-illustrator Carson Ellis created this lovely image, and I secured her permission to share it here.

Happy holidays from 7-Imp (which is to say: me)!

Picture Book-Reading in 2021

h1 Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

What has your year looked like in terms of picture book-reading? This is the question we’re asking over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today. Given the pandemic, which has meant more picture books as PDFs (for reviewers anyway) and delays in shipping, have you had trouble getting your hands on the picture books you want to see? Or have you been able to hold picture books in your hands and appreciate them in all their physical glory (as pictured above)?

Come join the conversation here!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #767: Featuring Matthew Forsythe

h1 Sunday, October 31st, 2021

Happy Halloween, dear Imps!

I don’t have a picture book for you all today, because I want to take a moment to share a bit of news I just learned. (I’m slow, and you all may already know this!) It wasn’t till I was goofing around on Instagram yesterday that I learned that illustrator Matthew Forsythe designed the upcoming new short film from Aardman (coming to Netflix in November). Robin Robin is what Forsythe describes as a holiday musical (directed by Dan Ojari and Michael Please). If you head to Forsythe’s page at Instagram, you can see some of his design work (in a few of his more recent posts). One of those images is pictured above.

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“Tell Me Another Story”

h1 Thursday, October 28th, 2021


If you missed it last week, please be sure to take a look at the new documentary about diversity in children’s literature from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, “Tell Me Another Story.” It’s 30 minutes, and it’s free.

Here is more information about it at their site.

Calling Caldecott Tribute to Jerry Pinkney

h1 Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott, we pay tribute to the one, the only Jerry Pinkney, who died yesterday at the age of 81.

Head here for more, and please come share your own memories.

Photo taken in 2015 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

2021 Carle Honors

h1 Thursday, September 23rd, 2021


Every year that the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art hosts the Carle Honors, I long to snap my fingers and be in Massachusetts so that I can attend. This year, attending is easy: The celebration will happen online. No, the Carle Musuem is not paying me to share this, nor did they ask me to do so. It’s just that I’m super excited they will be online this year and free for everyone — though you can always make a donation to the museum, become a member, or become a sponsor — and I figure that 7-Imp readers are fans of picture books and may want to know this too.

The celebration is online tonight! Here’s the info, and here is where you can register.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #759: Featuring Calling Caldecott

h1 Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Please forgive me for skipping picture-book art today, but I’m taking a moment to share, here at 7-Imp, that we have kicked things off over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott, a place to visit for anyone out there who enjoys geeking out over picture books and illustration.

Our kick-off post, which is here, was this past week. And to keep following along — we have some very talented guest posters lined up to write about some spectacular books — Calling Caldecott is here, always there, in cyberspace.

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Teaching the Truth

h1 Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021


I’m taking a small break from sharing picture book art to signal-book this excellent opinion piece (from just yesterday) at the New York Times from Nashvillian Margaret Renkl, an essay that touches on children’s books too. Click on the image above to be taken to the piece, and if you can’t access it but you contact me, I’ll glady summarize it for you.