7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #407: Featuring August Hall

h1 November 23rd, 2014 by jules

“Foxes, wolves, deer nest too. Forest knows waking, opening up.”
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I always look forward to new picture book releases from Kentucky novelist and poet, George Ella Lyon. I reviewed her newest picture book, What Forest Knows (Atheneum, November 2014), illustrated by August Hall, for BookPage. That link is here, if you’d like to read more about it. And today I’m sharing some spreads from it.

While we’re on the subject of Lyon, I’m also currently reading this wonderful book, which she wrote with J. Patrick Lewis and which was released by WordSong last month:

There’s more about the book here, including several starred reviews, and here’s an interview with Lyon at Sylvia Vardell’s site.

Here are two more spreads from What Forest Knows:


“Then forest knows snow. While Earth travels round the sun
Forest knows each season, each creature, needs the others.”

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Sniff. Forest knows everything belongs.”
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WHAT FOREST KNOWS. Copyright © 2014 by George Ella Lyon. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by August Hall. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York.

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.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) Naomi Shihab Nye. One of my favorite writers, and this interview from this week is wonderful. Also, I’m excited to start her new book, which I just got.

2) While we’re discussing Naomi, she wrote my favorite poem.

3) This made me laugh:

4) Gantos has a Tumblr!

5) I have ordered this book and am really eager to see it.

6) Ditto for this one.

7) My 9-year-old’s second-ever piano recital.

BONUS: A friend told me to check out Gravity Falls. It’s a hoot and makes everyone in the family laugh. Also, I love Mabel.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #407: Featuring August Hall”

  1. I.love.the.dog.in What Forest Knows. Those snow scenes are beautiful. Looking forward to reading it and Voices from Washington.
    Jules, Naomi Shihab Nye…one of my favorites! I love that poem too and will need to get her new book. I’ve watched Gravity Falls with oldest grandgirl. So funny and Mabel, hilarious.
    Today I can reveal the surprise that’s been in the works for months. My kicks rolled into a gigantic one: we leave for SoCal and Disneyland for three days. Grandgirl turned 10 on Mickey Mouse’s bday. Plus, we’re having Thanksgiving with my brother and family. It’s the first time in over forty years as it’s been so expensive to go for such a short time. I would go at Christmas when it could go for a week or longer.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Jone, cool! Have so much fun! And safe travels. Is your brother older or younger than you?

    I think if we all operated under the “What Would Mabel Do?” rule in life, the world might be a better place.

  3. This book looks lovely.I can tell you the forest knows a lot and I can’t wait to see what this book knows.

    Jules – That poem is right on the money.
    I am also looking forward to the new Grimm book. I met Andrea and she is as interesting and lovely as her illustrations.
    Jone- Have a great time and safe travels.


    1. A supportive spouse.
    2. I updated my shops, finally. Here’s a recent blog post about that http://moiraswiatkowski.com/blog/
    3. Saw Mocking Jay Part 1 last night. I wasn’t allowed to sit with the seventh graders that were with me but I enjoyed it.
    4. This is my new jam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTiQRPQJR9E&feature=youtu.be
    5. Keeping the anxiety about big decisions from overwhelming me. ..yet
    6. No snow…yet
    7. This video with my brother as the head Pilgrim always cracks me up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZlwKkturgQ


  4. I have been hearing some buzz about What Forest Knows and Voices From The March on Washington. I added both of them to my must buy list. I too am thrilled with the poetry of George Ella Lyon. I might have to get two books so I can frame the dog picture. 🙂
    Jules: The Graphic Canon titles looks amazing. I’ll bet the piano recital was delightful.
    Jone: Enjoy the wonderful time with your family and the adventure at Disney.
    Moira: I know I will spending time at your shops. Thank you for the link.

    My kicks:
    1. All the snow we got. Winter is my favorite season; no humidity or flies and mosquitoes.
    2. Wonderful book editors that connect you with illustrators and authors
    3. Emails so wonderful you will probably frame them
    4. Sharing more Mock Caldecott titles with students
    5. The arrival of new books
    6. Being able to help a friend
    7. Walks with Xena
    Have a wonderful week and holiday.

  5. Good morning, Imps! Fly by posting on the way to an audition!

    Jules: I hope she had a blast at her recital. 🙂

    I still haven’t seen Gravity Falls but I know someone who greatly enjoys it.

    Margie: Hi Xena! Enjoy the snow. I would freeze.

    Hi Moira!

    Happy belated birthday to Jone’s gg!

    Kicks from the past week:
    1 Brooke Fraser’s new album
    2 Listening
    3 Moderating
    4 Reading
    5 Layers
    6 Attempts
    7 Rest

  6. Love the close-up of the dog’s face – so happy and excited! That forest looks amazing, and full of secrets and magic.

    Jules – That poem is lovely, and the Sound Advice clip was a hoot! Hope the 9 year old rocked the piano recital!

    Jone – have a wonderful time at Disneyland and with family!

    Moira – your new jam is haunting. Also that video with your brother is pretty funny. Hooray for a supportive spouse!

    Margie – what a full week! Helping friends is the best, hope you and Xena stayed warm during your walks in the snow!

    LW – break a leg! And happy to see one of your kicks is Rest.

    My kicks this week:
    1) A good visit with friends from out of town. (A highlight was that they’d never been to Powell’s Bookstore so we had fun spending several hours there one day of the visit.)
    2) Reading Patricia McKillip’s “Wonders of the Invisible World.”
    3) Making red beans and rice for friends.
    4) This crazy video cracks me up. Its like the performer out-Bjorks Bjork:
    5) Made spicy turkey meatloaf yesterday and it was delicious!
    6) Sweet Daisy and her snoring.
    7) A clean house.
    7.5) Having so much to be thankful for.

    Have a wonderful week everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I love the dog in the forest. She reminds me of our pooch!

    Jules- I can’t wait to read the new Naomi Shahib Nye book. We just got it from the library this week.
    Jone- Have so much fun!
    Moira- I love supportive spouses. I have one too and feel grateful daily.
    Margie- So glad that you love the snow you have gotten. We are anxiously awaiting our first snow fall but I eventually tire of it…
    Little Willow- Rest- love it and we never get enough, do we?
    Rachel- Spicy turkey meatloaf- yum!!

    Ok… my kicks.
    1. Finally getting over a terrible bout of laryngitis. I am a talker so last week was long!
    2. Warmer temperatures and sun shine today.
    3. Apple crumble.
    4. The end of soccer season= more family time on the weekends.
    5. Leopard print loafers.
    6. The World According to Humphrey was our whole school read aloud and we have loved re-reading it.
    7. A day to sleep late.

  8. Moira: I gotta read The Hunger Games trilogy already. I haven’t yet. … Thanks for the shop link.

    Margie, I am eager to hear the results of your mock Caldecott, if you don’t mind sharing later!

    Little Willow, if you watch Gravity Falls, let me know. It’s funny stuff. … Enjoy your rest, though I know you don’t need a lot of it.

    Rachel: I wanna visit Powell’s one day too! …. Sweet Daisy. All we kickers wanna meet her, you know.

    Stacey: I haven’t heard of that book in kick six, so I’ll have to look for it. Enjoy your weekend time!

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