Archive for September, 2021

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

h1 Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Want to see a few spreads from Traci N. Todd’s brand-new picture book, Nina: A Story of Nina Simone (Putnam, September 2021)? Why, yes. Yes, you do. Illustrated by Christian Robinson, this book is an exquisite merging of words and illustrations.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #762: Featuring Ben Hatke

h1 Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Julia’s back!

You all may remember Ben Hatke’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures (2014) — see lots of art here — and Julia’s House Moves on from last year (see art here). Julia, we learned in book one, lives in a walking house and has a lot of unusual friends, misfit fantasy creatures of all kinds. There are mermaids, unicorns, goblins, fairies, and much more (including a dragon). Julia knows how to keep everyone safe — and is the consummate host. In the second book, released in 2020, we saw Julia’s house turn restless, but resilient Julia had a plan. When this new tale kicks off — Julia’s House Goes Home (First Second, October 2021) — we see that Julia’s house is roaming the hills once again, looking for a new place to land.

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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.

She Heard the Birds

h1 Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

“She taught people how to observe birds in nature. They saw that the more common types of birds were just as fascinating as the rare ones.
Shhhhhhh! Listen. What are they saying?”

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Andrea D’Aquino’s She Heard the Birds (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2021) captures the life and scientific contributions of ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey — and also reminds readers to stop, be still, look up, and see the birds.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #761: Featuring
My Chapter 16 Q&A with Kathi Appelt

h1 Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Kathi Appelt’s newest middle-grade novel, Once Upon a Camel, is the epic story of a camel, some baby kestrels, and the immense power of stories. I had the opportunity to chat with Kathi about this book over at Chapter 16. Our chat is here.

The novel is illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Check out that striking cover above.

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My Two Border Towns

h1 Thursday, September 16th, 2021

David Bowles has written more than one book about Mexican Americans whose lives center around borders, but now he’s penned his first picture book about the topic. My Two Border Towns (Kokila, September 2021), illustrated by Erika Meza, is tender, honest, and unforgettable.

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Julie Morstad’s Time Is a Flower

h1 Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

I’ve a review over at BookPage of Julie Morstad’s newest picture book, Time Is a Flower (Tundra, September 2021).

That review is here, and below are some spreads.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #760: Featuring Michaela Goade

h1 Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Earlier this week over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott, we featured a Q&A with Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade and asked her what her year has been like. Micheala won the 2021 Medal for We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom.

That Q&A is here. We are grateful she took the time to talk to us.

[Michaela’s photo credit: Sydney Akagi.]

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456 Chickens Before Breakfast

h1 Thursday, September 9th, 2021

I’ve a review over at BookPage of Jarrett Dapier’s Mr. Watson’s Chickens, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi. This book is just what you didn’t know you needed until now!

That review is here, and below are some spreads.


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A House by Kevin Henkes

h1 Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

One of Henkes’s house sketches in watercolor and colored pencil

It was my pleasure to review for the Horn Book the latest picture book from Kevin Henkes. It’s called A House (Greenwillow, September 2021), and that review is here.

Here at 7-Imp today, Henkes shares some early sketches, as well as a few images that served as inspiration for this book. I thank him for sharing.

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