Archive for the 'Etcetera' Category


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!

Remembering Patricia McKissack . . .

h1 Monday, April 17th, 2017


There have been several heartfelt tributes to author Patricia McKissack written in the past week or so, since her death on April 7. Tennessee’s own Chapter 16 pays tribute to her work at their site today, as she was born and raised here in middle Tennessee (and, as you will read, Nashville Public Library has some special art from one of her stories on its walls).

That is here.

The Magic Touch of Staying in Closer Touch

h1 Thursday, March 16th, 2017

I’ve got something entirely different over at Kirkus today. Instead of talking to a picture book or middle-grade author or to an illustrator, I talk to a volunteer for a literacy program run by Ann Arbor’s Children’s Literacy Network. This non-profit organization’s program, called Staying in Closer Touch, unites incarcerated parents and their children through children’s books. I heard all about it on a recent visit to Ann Arbor and wanted to write about it, should other literacy non-profits want to learn more.

That Q&A with volunteer Bonnie Schramm is here. (Corduroy is mentioned in our chat. Hence, the image here.)

Until tomorrow …

Hello, Readers in Ann Arbor . . .

h1 Monday, February 13th, 2017


The Children’s Literacy Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan, asked me to come speak this week about picture books, why I love them so, and why I write about them. This will be at Literati Bookstore there in Ann Arbor.

If you live in or near Ann Arbor, I would love to see you there on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Here is more information.

Holiday Art That Makes Me
Reach for My Hot Cocoa, Part II

h1 Wednesday, December 21st, 2016


I’m still feeling festive and sharing some more holiday art with you all. This one is from Charles Santoso.

Until tomorrow …