Archive for the 'Intermediate' Category

What I’m Doing at Kirkus (and Chapter 16) This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Brian Pinkney

h1 Friday, January 19th, 2018


— From the poem, “Smothered”


 
Today over at Kirkus, I’ve two brand-new picture books that are, in part, about the emotional intelligence of children (and, well, rabbits).

That is here.

Over at Tennessee’s own Chapter 16 today, I have a Q&A with author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long. They will be in Nashville soon talking about their newest picture book, Love. That Q&A is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Andrea Davis Pinkney’s and Brian Pinkney’s Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Scholastic, January 2018).

I’m following up with some art from the book today, but I also highly recommend you head to the Horn Book’s site and watch this video interview with Andrea about the book. I watched that earlier this week and enjoyed it.

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Can I Touch Your Hair?

h1 Thursday, January 4th, 2018


In my Kirkus column today, I write about this candid book.

That is here.

I’ll follow up next week here at 7-Imp with some spreads.

Stay warm, dear Imps!

Celia’s Zines

h1 Thursday, December 28th, 2017


(Click to enlarge)


 
Last week, I chatted here with author Celia C. Pérez about her debut novel, The First Rule of Punk (Viking, August 2017).

Today, she’s sharing some of the zines from her book! (I’m excited. I love seeing these.)

Enjoy!

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My Kirkus Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

h1 Thursday, December 21st, 2017

I’ve mentioned in a few interviews my desire to see more stories about brown weirdos, because that’s something I never saw as a kid — brown people who were outside the ‘mainstream.’ Growing up in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood and attending schools with a similar demographic, there weren’t many kids who were into books or writing or art or music. And that’s not to say that those two things don’t go together; I just never saw it in my sort of insulated world. I didn’t start making zines or really get into punk until I was in college, but these are both things that if I’d had any exposure to as a twelve-year-old, I would have eaten up.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with debut author Celia C. Pérez, pictured here, about her middle-grade novel, The First Rule of Punk (Viking, August 2017).

The Q&A is here. Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with some more of the zines in her book!

Until tomorrow …

 

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lane Smith

h1 Friday, December 1st, 2017


— From “The Cyclops Just Got Glasses”


 
I’ve got two brand-new picture books over at Kirkus today. That is here.

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Last week, I chatted here with author Chris Harris about I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups (Little, Brown, September 2017), illustrated by Lane Smith.

I’m following up today with some art — and poetry — from the book.

Enjoy!

 
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My Kirkus Q&A with Chris Harris

h1 Friday, November 24th, 2017

Have you seen Chris Harris’s I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, illustrated by Lane Smith? You may have already read about this book, as it’s received a whole host of starred reviews.

Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Chris, pictured here, about this book, what it’s been like to enter the world of children’s lit (he comes from the world of television — writing and producing, that is), and what it was like to work with Lane.

He also lobs some fruit at me.

Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some more art and verses from the book.

The Q&A is here.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Chris taken by Cliff Lipson.

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Nidhi Chanani, Molly Knox Ostertag, and Jackie Roche

h1 Friday, November 3rd, 2017


— From Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina


 


— From Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria,
illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit


 


— From Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy


 
At Kirkus this morning, I’ve got Lesa Cline-Ransome’s and James E. Ransome’s Before She Was Harriet (Holiday House, November 2017).

That is here.

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Last week at Kirkus, I had a graphic novel round-up (here), so today I’m following up with some art from each book — Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy (Graphix/Scholastic, October 2017); Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina (First Second, October 2017); and Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria (Firefly Books, October 2017), illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit.

Please note: The colors in the illustrations from The Witch Boy appear here a bit brighter than they do in the book.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus Today

h1 Friday, October 27th, 2017



 

I’ve a graphic novel round-up at Kirkus today, which includes the book pictured above.

That is here. I’ll have art from each book here at 7-Imp next week.

Until Sunday . . .

Snooping Out Stories with Jack

h1 Friday, October 20th, 2017

All of us should assume that young writers know the particulars of their world better than we know their world.”


 

Today over at Kirkus, I’ve a chat with award-winning author Jack Gantos about his wonderful new book for upper elementary and middle-grade students, Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2017).

That is here.

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Photo above of Jack at the 2017 Eric Carle Honors was taken by Johnny Wolf Photography.

A Bit of Lumberjanes Art . . .

h1 Thursday, October 19th, 2017


“Barney was supersmart, with a thick swish of black hair that stuck straight up and out like the brim of a baseball cap. April thought Barney was a dapper dresser, which is not an easy thing to be when you wear a khaki Lumberjanes uniform every day. Barney was one of the only scouts who wore their uniform every day, because they liked the crispness of the uniform shirt, and the buttons and the kerchief.”


 
Here’s a bit of art from Brooklyn Allen to follow up my Kirkus Q&A last week with Mariko Tamaki about Lumerjanes: Unicorn Power! (Amulet, October 2017).

Enjoy!

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