“Come, coyote brothers. Together we will sing up the stars.
Yes, we will sing up the moon.”
This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Q & A with author Mac Barnett, whose early Spring picture book, Extra Yarn (Balzer + Bray), illustrated by Jon Klassen, was just awarded the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the Picture Book category. That link is here.
Mac says something over there about picture books, about “shaggy stories,” that I like so much that I might just hug his neck if I ever meet him.
And tomorrow, I’ll have a chat with illustrator Yuyi Morales. Amy Novesky’s Georgia in Hawaii (Harcourt), which Yuyi illustrated, was also named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book just a few weeks ago. That Q & A will be here Friday morning.
As always, next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with art art and more art.
Last week I wrote about Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams, April 2012), edited by Timothy P. McLaughlin. That link is here, if you want to learn more about the book, and today I’ve got some of S. D. Nelson’s beautiful artwork, as well as some poetry and prose from the book.
Acrylic on 140 lb. cotton paper:
“Alcohol is a liar. For some, it is their God. For me, it is poison. I tell you the truth—
I cannot drink it. I will not hold it up. I will not worship it.”
“Beneath the cottonwoods, beneath the moon,
I breathe the sweetness of falling leaves.”
“With a sober heart I am standing. With clear vision I see.
I depend on you. You depend on me.”
WALKING ON EARTH & TOUCHING THE SKY: POETRY AND PROSE BY LAKOTA YOUTH AT RED CLOUD INDIAN SCHOOL. Volume copyright 2012 by Timothy P. McLaughlin. Illustrations 2012 by S.D. Nelson. Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York. Images and poems used with permission of the publisher.