7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #457: Featuring Jane Manning

h1 November 8th, 2015 by jules

” … only / Miss Augusta / and I / are here /
in a room / filled with magic / story / rhyme. …”

(Click image to see in detail and read the poem in its entirety)


I’m keeping things very brief today here at 7-Imp, though I do hope you leave your kicks from the week, because I’m traveling now. I’m in D.C. to moderate the third annual picture book panel at Politics & Prose. This will be tonight and is all about picture books for older readers with Jason Chin, Jacqueline Woodson, Christopher Myers, John Parra, and Chris Soentpiet. I’m looking forward to the discussion.

I’m sharing today my very favorite spread from Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems (WordSong, September 2015), selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Jane Manning. These are poems about libraries, blessed libraries, and I love this spread so much, as it pays tribute to the one and only Augusta Baker.

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.

I do hope you leave your kicks, and it may take me a while to respond this week — but I will.



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JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES. Copyright © 2015 by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Jane Manning. Illustration reproduced by permission of the publisher, WordSong, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #457: Featuring Jane Manning”

  1. Happy Sunday Jules! How I would love to attend that panel. Thank you for highlighting this title reminding me I need to get a copy. Safe travels.

    My kicks:
    1. First snowfall
    2. Breathtaking mountain views
    3. Mock Caldecott
    4. Fox walking down the sidewalk this morning
    5. The company of good friends
    6. and 7. My sweet Xena

    Have a wonderful week everyone.

  2. Jules: Safe travels – Have fun!

    Margie: Many hellos to you, Xena, and the fox!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress by Sara Bareilles
    2) Support(ing)
    3) Surely
    4) Scratch paper
    5) Rough draft
    6) Pillows
    7) Better

  3. Happy Sunday Imps!

    Jules, have a wonderful time moderating the panel! Thanks for featuring this book and artwork – I will have to check it out.

    Margie – first snow, mountain views & a fox – that sounds magical. Daisy and I send regards to you and sweet Xena.

    LW – LOVE Sara Bareilles. I follow her on Instagram where she’s been sharing snippets. Pillows and Better sounds lovely.

    My kicks:
    1) Baby shower in a brew pub – the momma-to-be is very fun- best baby shower ever.
    2) Busy week for work. Always good.
    3 & 4) Daisy’s dogsitter & Daisy. Daisy loves her & teased me by climbing in/across her lap, then pointedly looking across the room at me after I’d been gone for a very long day. I love that they love each other. And that dog makes me laugh.
    5) Phone call catch up with a dear friend in Montana, reminding me I need to go visit.
    6) Helping to connect friends.
    7) These shared mortification tweets from The Bloggess – some of them had me laughing so hard I was crying:

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

  4. Rachel: Sara rocks, literally and figuratively. I look forward to reading her book. Hugs to Daisy! Yay for a lovely dogsitter!

    Jules: I located and read The Night World at your recommendation!

  5. That book looks lovely Julie! and your panel sounds like a pleasure – wish it were a video!

    Rachel – shower in a brew pub sounds like so much fun – and I would love to see a fox walking down the sidewalk Margie.

    1.making headway on the todo list
    2. repairing an old and favorite sweater with the cuffs of an even older one
    3. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. My favorite lines in “Bridge of Spies” are between the two of them, Lawyer Hanks asking Spy Rylance “You don’t seem concerned?” Rylance reply always the same and always quiet: “would it help?”
    4. making the second pumpkin pie within a week
    5. making soup with stock made from the pumpkins trimmings
    6. Peeking at the Maira Kalman book I bought for a friend for Christmas – it’s all about dogs in her life (MK’s life) and wonderful (of course)
    7. dropping in to read all the kicks.
    Thanks Julie!

  6. My 7 Kicks
    1) the last perfect day before winter cold sets in for the season
    2) celebrating completing a new roof, gutters and paint on the house
    3) Sending my (infant) non-fiction book out to be critiqued!
    4) typing on my friend’s bright pink laptop!
    5) coming up with 10 new PiBoMo ideas for picture book stories!
    6) having my best friend over for a new adventure
    7) discovering a cookie recipe that uses no sugar and really tastes great! Yum!

  7. My 7 Kicks for the day
    1. Discovering 7 Imps & 7 kicks
    2. Discovering new library themed poetry
    3. Google cardboard = transformational teaching tool
    4. Surround sound in the new car (cue Bohemian Rhapsody)
    5. Coffee
    6. Reconnecting with AASL peeps
    7. Being a Bordeaux woman, strong & smart

  8. Hi, all. I’m finally here. Finally back home.

    Margie: First snowfall?! Also, will you share mock Caldecott results with us — later, that is?

    Little Willow (and Margie): I think foxes are so beautiful. Also, so is scratch paper. AND handy. … Did you like The Night World, Little Willow?

    Rachel: I saw that Bloggess post earlier this week, and yes, some of them made me laugh outloud. … Connecting friends and being matchmaker (not just for romantic stuff) is the BEST.

    Katy: The bookstore always videotapes these discussions and posts them online, so you’re in luck. Not sure when the video will go up. …. Looking forward to seeing Maira’s new book.

    Susan, good luck with the critique! Also, will you come take care of my house? Blerg. We need to get it ready to sell. Sometimes I wonder if we’ll EVER move.

    Hi Kathy! I saw photos of the AASL conference, and it looked like a blast. Surround sound. Ahhhhhhhh. Lovely.

    Have a good week, everyone!

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