My Imp readers will have to forgive me today: I don’t have illustrations to share this morning, as I always do on Sundays, but I was out of town this weekend for Knoxville’s 2013 Children’s Festival of Reading. Knoxville does these festivals up right, and they’re always good fun.
This year (as I did last year) I moderated a picture book panel. 2013′s visitors included—as pictured left to right above—author Deborah Diesen, author/illustrator Bob Shea, author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (had never met him in person before, but I feel like he’s an old friend, so that was particularly fun), author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, and author Marc Tyler Nobleman (do you all know about his pop culture research projects? … I love that).
So, that’s what I offer you today — a photo of people having just finished discussing picture books, which is always a kick. (Best question was from a child, and it was along the lines of “you’re grown-ups, so how do you relate to kids?” Or maybe it was “…so, how do you write for children?” Either way, it was a pretty profound question.)
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
1) Seeing Bob Shea reminded me that this book below comes out soon, which I plan to write about on account of its SHEER AWESOMENESS. (I’ve had an F&G of the book for a while.)
2) As Bob was talking yesterday at the picture book panel, I also remembered this video from him, which surely I’ve posted here before? I mean, SURELY, because it makes me laugh so, so hard. (It’s evidently from a Texas book festival from a couple years ago maybe? I dunno. I wasn’t there.) Do yourself a favor and carve out seven minutes to watch that. (And—because SURELY I’ve posted it before??—I apologize if I’m being redundant here.)
4) This CD is really flippin’ great:
5) So is this one. I can’t get over what a fabulous song on so many levels “Ohio” is.
6) I keep meaning to say: Candlewick has sent me and Betsy a few samples of what the design on our book will look like. (The book is slated to be released early next year.) It’s very exciting—and wild—to see it as a book-book (or at least what it will soon look like as a book-book) and no longer just a Word doc on my computer screen.
7) This book trailer makes me laugh, and it really makes me happy that there’s a picture book out in the world that stars capers. ‘Cause, capers … Mmm.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a whole bunch of stuff, but maybe I can make up for it next week. See you soon with some actual illustrations, but for now … What are YOUR kicks this week?