Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

The Mother of All Posts

h1 Monday, May 2nd, 2016


I joined a few other children’s lit folks over at Slate Magazine to discuss children’s books that celebrate motherhood. Click on the image above to see the gallery of titles.

Until tomorrow …

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #481: Featuring David Litchfield

h1 Sunday, May 1st, 2016

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that here in 7-Imp Land I take a look at the work of an up-and-coming illustrator. Today, instead of a student, I’ve got a debut author-illustrator. David Litchfield’s new book, The Bear and the Piano (Clarion), was evidently inspired (in part) by the White Stripes’ song “Little Room.” It was published in the U.K. last year but arrived on U.S. shelves at the beginning of this month.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Bethan Woollvin

h1 Friday, April 29th, 2016

This morning over at Kirkus, I write about three new engaging picture books for the preschool set. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Bethan Woollvin’s Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016), and I’m following up today with some spreads from the book.


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Borten’s Book Re-Birth

h1 Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The renewed interest in work I did so long ago is both wonderful and disconcerting; it brings back a different person, a young artist juggling a career and motherhood, as passionately immersed in visual expression as I later became in sound production.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to author-illustrator Helen Borten, pictured here, who left children’s literature in the early 1970s to launch an award-winning career in broadcast journalism and producing.

Thanks to Flying Eye Books, her picture books will be reprinted, the first in a series, next month.

That chat is here.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Helen Borten used by permission of Flying Eye Books.


Definitely Something Beautiful

h1 Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

“In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint. Every time she saw a blank piece of paper, Mira thought to herself, Hmm, maybe . . . And because of this, her room was filled with color and
her heart was filled with joy.”

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I’m taking a moment today to share some artwork from F. Isabel Campoy’s and Theresa Howell’s Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2016). The book is illustrated by award-winning artist Rafael López, but he is also the subject of the story. Based on a true story, it’s the tale of a girl, named Mira, who lights up a gray city with color after she shares her art with community members. Handing out art to everyone she passes, her city becomes “less gray—but not much.” But the next day she meets a man with “a pocket full of paintbrushes,” who sees “[m]aybe . . . something beautiful.” Mira joins him to paint murals in the city, and eventually nearly the entire town joins in to help and bring the town to life with color, art, and creativity.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #480: Featuring Kaori Takahashi

h1 Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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I’ve got a tiny peek today inside Kaori Takahashi’s Knock! Knock!, published by Tara Books this month and with text from Gita Wolf. Tiny, as in just two little illustrations, but if you want more information, you can head over to my BookPage review of the book. As you’ll read there, this is a story that quite literally unfolds (clear some space when you read it) to tell the story of a young girl in search of her toy bear.

That review is here.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I
Did Last Week, Featuring Ken Min and Bob Raczka

h1 Friday, April 22nd, 2016

— From Bob Raczka’s Wet Cement
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— From What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?

Today over at Kirkus, I write about Bethan Woollvin’s debut picture book, Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016). That is here, and next week I’ll have some art from it here at 7-Imp.

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Last week at Kirkus, I talked here to Emma D. Dryden, and I wrote here about Bob Raczka’s new poetry collection. In this follow-up post today, I have some images from Bob’s Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems (Roaring Brook, March 2016), and some of Ken Min’s illustrations from Rana DiOrio’s and Emma’s What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? (Little Pickle Press, January 2016).

Until Sunday …

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Papercut Paris

h1 Thursday, April 21st, 2016


Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Paris Up, Up and Away (Thames & Hudson, April 2016) from French illustrator and paper and textile designer Hélène Druvert.

That is here. (Or you can just click on the snippet above.)

Until tomorrow …

A Moment with Melissa

h1 Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

“In the morning, Mommy gives us wake-up kisses and says,
‘Good morning, little one. Can you hear the sounds of our world?’ Listen! …”

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I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson’s Listen to Our World (Paula Wiseman Books, March 2016), illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

As a follow-up today, Melissa shares some art — as well as a few early sketches.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #479: Featuring Akiko Miyakoshi

h1 Sunday, April 17th, 2016

“I wonder how fast the wind blows. I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away. The ship sails into the black clouds.
I keep watch.”

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Hi, dear kickers! I’m back from my research trip and happy to be kickin’ again.

I write weekly columns for Kirkus, and when I write about picture books over there, I always like to follow up later, here at 7-Imp, with art from the books I write about. That’s on account of being a big illustration fan. I don’t normally do that on Sundays, but I’m a bit behind from being out of town.

All that’s to say that a couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about Akiko Miyakoshi’s The Storm (Kids Can Press, April 2016), and so today I’m sharing some art from the book.


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