7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #465: Featuring E. B. Lewis

h1 January 10th, 2016 by jules

“… When the gavel slammed down to end court that day, it announced change all over the country. And in its echo, you could hear the sound of Sarah’s first steps
to school and her long road to justice.”

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Hi, dear kickers. I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Susan E. Goodman’s The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Bloomsbury, January 2016).

That review is here, if you’d like to learn more about the book. Since I always like to follow up with some art, I’ve got a few spreads from the book here today.


“… Sarah must have been surprised and frightened
when she was forced out onto the sidewalk. …”

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“… Anyone looking at Sarah could imagine how long that journey would feel.
In a grown-up’s chair, her legs were too short to reach the floor.”

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THE FIRST STEP: HOW ONE GIRL PUT SEGREGATION ON TRIAL. Copyright © 2016 by Susan E. Goodman. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by E. B. Lewis. Spreads used by permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury, New York.

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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.

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I’m typing this on Wednesday night, since I’m hoppin’ on a plane tomorrow to head to the MLA 2016 Convention in Austin, Texas. I’ll present on a panel discussion on Friday about children’s literature with Marah Gubar from MIT; author and illustrator Don Tate; Ebony Elizabeth Thomas from the University of Pennsylvania; and Philip Nel from Kansas State University.

I’ve never been to an MLA convention before, nor have I ever visited Austin. I’m looking forward to all the learning, some live music, making new friends, and seeing some long-time ones.

I won’t be back till late Sunday night, but please leave your kicks. I’ll be able to read them—and maybe even respond in an airport—on Sunday.

12 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #465: Featuring E. B. Lewis”

  1. Hi Jules and kickers – Maybe I am early today – making up for having missed two weeks from holiday busyness! Jules – this book looks both important and beautiful. I love the illustrations – so fluid.
    Some catch up kicks:
    1. President Obama – Oh I will miss him.
    2. The whole holiday – a long one with family for us – enjoying the rhythm from prechristmas tension (no matter that you are not a child) to the mellow days after and a trip across from where we live to a foreign land – Victoria BC – so close and so rich with differentness.
    3. Winter weather – keeping us awake with storms and rain and then clear blue skies and cold freezing days
    4. Sharing a nine-month old’s first Christmas – and just like you always hear, a big multi-ribboned bow was the main attraction for days
    5. Home Fires – too short but so engaging – I bet everyone here has already seen
    6. A new year – new beginnings (after the old year is cleared)
    7. Writing for my blog about “Marguerite’s Christmas.” I thought about the book all the holidays – about the pull to narrow horizons and shut out the world – about resisting that pull.
    Thanks Jules for always amazing books you tell about and Happy New Year to everyone!

  2. I love the work of E.B. Lewis. He was at a writing conference and had prints for sale. I so wanted to buy one.
    Jules, hope the MBA conference and Austin.
    Katy, love home fires and seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is the best.
    My kicks:
    1. Healing.
    2. Winter skies.
    3. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.
    4. Crochet.
    5. School.
    6. Snow day.
    7. Coffee with friends.
    Have a great week.

  3. Hello to all, it has been months and months since I posted here…I usually had time to grab a quick reading but so many things have crowded the schedule as 2015 moved forward…and I can’t think of 7 really good excuses why now that I look back! Today’s kicks which are in part reaching back:

    1. Thanks Jules for this beautiful art by E. B. Lewis. Very appropriate to the topic, I felt that little girl’s swirl of emotions!
    2. Delighted to have launched RIF’s new research-based program that has shown effectiveness in stemming the summer slide experienced by many children…in fact, 57% of the 33,000 students in the two-year study showed GAINS with another 4% showing no loss. http://www.rif.org/about-us/read-for-success/the-research
    3. I am today particularly thinking of my friend Senator Dale Bumpers who will be laid to rest later this afternoon. How fortunate my state was to have him and his wife Betty in the Governor’s office and then as a U. S. Senator and spouse. They promoted and implemented many good things for children…and he was a true statesman, one of a disappearing breed who could negotiate the halls of Capitols, stateside or in DC.
    4. I was WOWed by Gene Lang, our 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature inaugurated this week at the Library of Congress. Seeing/hearing his presentation READING WITHOUT WALLS and watching his interaction with students from a local elementary school told me “It’s going to be another great two years!” for the Ambassador program!
    5. Looking back over the holidays I have determined that every household should have a 4 yr. old present to bring the sense of wonder into the lives of all!
    6. In 2015 and now into 2016 I have returned many times to re-read portions of BROWN GIRL DREAMING and THE CROSSOVER. Both books made big impressions on me.
    7. RIF is celebrating its 50th birthday year leading to a children’s celebration in September 2016! So many touching stories are coming our way…hope you will visit http://www.rif.org/about-us/rif-50/ and share a RIF story you may have!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Good morning, Imps!

    Thanks for sharng The First Step.

    Jules: Safe travels! Hope you had a wonderful time.

    Katy: Hi Katy! Stay warm.

    Jone: Healing is key.

    Carol: Welcome back!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Answers
    2) Light
    3) Stories
    4) History
    5) Music
    6) Movement
    7) Forward

  5. Hi Jules, Shameless plug: We have the original art from this book up at R. Michelson Galleries right now if anyone wants to see the watercolors “in real life.” They are amazing!! http://www.rmichelson.com/illustration/e-b-lewis/the-first-step-how-one-girl-put-segregation-on-trial/

  6. Beautiful illustrations and such an important story.

    Jules – hope you have been having fun in Austin!

    Katy – sounds like wonderful holidays!

    Jone – hooray for healing, snow days, and coffee with friends.

    Carol – congrats on the launch of the research-based program – sounds like lots of good things coming this year!

    LW – I especially like you kicks of light, stories and music this week.

    My kicks:
    1) House cleaning for the new year. It really feels like a fresh clean start afterwards.
    2) Unexpected phone catch-up with a friend who is far away.
    3) Trimming out the excess and unnecessary things, feeling lighter already!
    4) The Water Diviner. I love Russell Crowe and this was a beautiful, sad movie.
    5) The Tatums on Lip Sync Battle. Very funny stuff, plus great dancing.
    6) This, from Rooftoppers – “Never ignore a possible.”
    7) Finished Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell. Such breathtaking, mesmerizing and beautiful writing.
    7.5) Silly silly Daisy.

    Have a wonderful week Imps!

  7. I’ll be back tomorrow, you all. Promise. After the ALA awards! (Had very spotty internet access today.)

  8. Here I am, back in town — and just now coming down from the high of the ALA Youth Media Awards!

    Katy, happy new year to you too! I like your sixth kick, and I’m not sure what Home Fires is, so I’ll look it up.

    Jone, hope you’re feeling well!

    Carol: 50 years for RIF? I didn’t know. Congrats! Sorry about the loss of Senator Bumpers, and speaking of BROWN GIRL DREAMING, isn’t great that Woodson just got the Arbuthnot?

    LW: Light. Ah. yes.

    Rich: Wish I could see it in person. Thanks for the note.

    Rachel: You finished ROOFTOPPERS before us. Being out of town put us behind. Can’t wait to pick it back up today with the girls. Love your third kick. Hoping for more of that in my life AFTER we move this Spring to a place with a bit more space.

    Have a great week, all!

  9. Jules – I am so in love with her writing! There is a paragraph towards the end that I know you will love, I have written it down so I can see it whenever I want to, I love it that much. I am buying copies of this book for so many friends with kids…..
    Next up – Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms!

    Glad you had fun in Austin, and MOVING!! Very excited for you and the upcoming move to a bigger place!

  10. Oh. Cartwheeling is so good!

  11. OK, first—I, too, like Carol, have barely been around for months. Just craziness for most of the year.

    Second: E.B. Lewis’s work is just stunning, and what’s really nice? He’s a lovely man 🙂

    I read through the comments and somehow missed mention that you’re moving, Jules. I hope it all goes well!

    And since I’m too tired to strain my brain to think of 7 kicks, I’ll state one which, in my opinion, counts for at least seven :D…

    My son survived serious surgery in October and thanks to a literally “angelic” surgeon, his life was saved. Couldn’t be more grateful. Can’t be a bigger “kick” 🙂

  12. Donna, that’s great about your son — and intense. Glad all is well.

    We’re only moving within the same county. If we can ever get organized!

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