Archive for the 'Etcetera' Category

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #709: In Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

h1 Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Hello, dear Imps. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I was saying that I had plans for a Sunday post that I was temporarily setting aside so that I could mark the death of an American luminary. I’d like to do this again. I’m taking this space here today, given the news of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to mark this profound loss.

On social media, I noticed that various children’s book illustrators were paying tribute—with either previous illustrations of Ginsburg or ones they’d drawn on the spot when they heard the sad news this weekend. I’m sharing some of those here today. (I know there must be many, many more, but here is just a small handful.)

Pictured above is a painting from illustrator Rahele Jomepour Bell, who says this is “the piece of her I made while I was thinking about her.” Here are some more tributes. …

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The Bookman in Zoomland:
A Guest Post from Dean Schneider

h1 Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

A spread from Kwame Alexander’s award-winning The Undefeated,
illustrated by Kadir Nelson: “… who shine / their light for the world to see
and don’t stop / ’til the break of dawn.”

(Click to enlarge spread)

Here’s something a bit different today: I’m pleased to welcome a guest post from Dean Schneider, who teaches English and history at Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. In his 45-year teaching career, Dean has taught in a variety of schools; served on several book award committees, including the Newbery and Caldecott; and written for several magazines.

Dean is a friend, and during a recent (socially-distanced, of course) visit, he told me about the books he has planned for a history course he’ll teach this school year. I am always interested in hearing Dean talk about his work—he’s an outstanding teacher, and his students are lucky to have him—but I was especially intrigued by what he had to say about teaching during a pandemic and how he wants books to remain in the forefront. As a school librarian by training, I often seek the thoughts of talented teachers like Dean. (For instance, see this recent piece from Donalyn Miller on the importance of continuing to read aloud to students during these uncertain, unsettled times of returning to school during a pandemic.) And when Dean agreed to let me host his thoughts here at 7-Imp, I was delighted.

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A Wee Blogging Break

h1 Tuesday, July 21st, 2020


I’m taking this week off from blogging. I’ll be back on Sunday. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with two wonderful pieces to read:

First, the Horn Book has posted their annual piece in which they look back on the previous year in words and pictures. This one is titled “A Year with Words and Pictures — but No ALA Annual.” That is here.

And don’t miss this moving (and illustrated) New York Times piece by Christian Robinson, called “When ‘Keep Your Distance’ Has Been a Way of Life.” I hope you can access that link.

Until Sunday . . .

Welcoming Erika Long to The Niblings!

h1 Monday, June 29th, 2020

Many of you 7-Imp readers may know that I am part of a Facebook page and Twitter feed that serves as a resource page of sorts in the field of children’s literature. It’s called The Niblings, and I share it with other bloggers. Here’s the low-down (from back in 2013 when it was started).

We Niblings would like to welcome librarian extraordinaire Erika Long to our social media presence. This means that Erika will join us in sharing posts of interest in the field of children’s and YA lit. Erika’s social media presence is one of my favorites in this world, and I’m so pleased she’s joining us.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #693: Featuring Elise Gravel

h1 Sunday, May 31st, 2020

This image was created just this past week by author-illustrator Elise Gravel.

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A Holiday Wish . . .

h1 Tuesday, December 24th, 2019


Happy holidays to all from 7-Imp! This image was created by author-illustrator Robert Neubecker.

May your holiday season be a peaceful and relaxed one.

See you Sunday!

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.