Archive for October, 2021

The Tiny Woman’s Coat

h1 Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Here are some spreads from a lovely import, written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, each from New Zealand. The Tiny Woman’s Coat (Gecko Press, October 2021) tells the story of a miniature woman who, with the help of Mother Nature and its inhabitants, builds herself a coat to keep warm.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #764: Featuring Yuyi Morales

h1 Sunday, October 10th, 2021

“Child, you are awake!
Breathe in, then breathe out, hermosa creatura.”

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Bright Star (Neal Porter Books, September 2021), written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, nearly thrums with tenderness. In this story, a fawn is born in the desert (pictured above). “You are ALIVE! You are a bright star inside our hearts,” we read on the spread that follows; it is the fawn’s mother who seems to be narrating.

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My City Speaks

h1 Thursday, October 7th, 2021

I love the empowering opening spreads, pictured below, of Darren Lebeuf’s My City Speaks (Kids Can Press, September 2021), illustrated by Ashley Barron. A child and father head out for a day in the city: “This is our city,” we read, but then: “But this is my city.” The child, visually impaired and walking with a cane, moves through the beloved city, exploring and appreciating its movement, its sounds, all that grows in it, its smells, its tastes, its textures — and its buzzing, vibrant voice.

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Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

h1 Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

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Dr. Jess Wade’s debut picture book — Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small (Candlewick, September 2021), illustrated by Melissa Castrillón — is an exploration of the building blocks of all things (atoms, elements); how those small things are used in the field of nanotechnology; and how nanomaterials of today can result in a more environmentally-friendly world. Wade is an award-winning physicist, activist, and science communicator, living in the UK. She works very hard (please read this Q&A) to ensure that the contributions of underrepresented researchers, especially women scientists, are not overlooked.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #763: Featuring Tom Gauld

h1 Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Tom Gauld’s The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess (Neal Porter Books, August 2021) is the kind of story that feels like a classic — like a book you perhaps read twenty years ago — yet also feels fresh and new and compelling.

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The Old Boat

h1 Friday, October 1st, 2021

If you happen to follow Calling Caldecott over at the Horn Book, you know that our talented guest posters have been writing about some beautiful 2021 picture books.

Today’s post is from Elissa Gershowitz. She writes about Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey’s The Old Boat, released earlier this year by Norton Young Readers. (Remember when Jarrett and Jerome visited 7-Imp back in 2019 to talk about The Old Truck?)

I send you today to Elissa’s post about what she calls “another emotionally moving story about a vehicle and its family.” That is here. When you’re doing reading that, you can head back here, if you’re so inclined, to see some spreads from the book (below).

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