7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #518, the I’m-at-Midwinter Edition

h1 January 22nd, 2017 by jules

Dearest Imps, I should probably apologize that two Sundays in a row now I’ve had no art for you (though I DO HAVE KICKS TODAY!). Last week I was down for the count with some sort of cold/flu/heaven-only-knows-what, and this weekend I’m at ALA Midwinter. I’m typing this on Thursday night, as I’m leaving Friday and will be there until the big awards announcements on Monday.

I’ll be moderating a picture book panel discussion on Saturday, which will be fun. I’m also awfully excited that, for the first time, I’ll get to be in the room where the awards are announced. I always watch the live webcast from home every year, so this will be a blast. Best of all, a friend gave me some badges for my family to be able to join me at (some of) the conference, so my daughters, who are big readers, will get to see the exhibit floor (with ALL THE BOOKS SO MANY BOOKS), as well as hear the awards announcements with me.

I don’t mean to slight the other distinguished awards by having only the Caldecott Medal pictured here, but you know I love my picture books and often write about picture books, so I get the most excited about the big Caldecott Award. Don’t get me wrong, though: I’m very eager to hear the others, too. As for the Caldecott, your guess is as good as mine! It seems to be a wild-card year.

I promise on all that is good and dear in this world that, barring any unforeseen and kick-less tragedies, I shall have art for you next Sunday!

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) President Obama and his family.

2) On my way into Midwinter, I’ll stop to visit my nephew at his college in northern Georgia. My nephew is pretty stinkin’ great.

3) I thought Terry Gross’s recent interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones was a good conversation, and it gave me a lot to think about.

4) Laura Marling has shared another new song (coming from her March album), and it’s so good I may have listened to it about 7,000 times this week:



5) Evan Rachel Wood’s Golden Globes outfit. Pretty fierce.

6) Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad waits for me at the top of my to-be-read pile.

7) I’m glad I was sick last weekend instead of this weekend, given this trip to Midwinter and my need to sound moderately articulate on Saturday morning.


What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #518, the I’m-at-Midwinter Edition”

  1. Oh, how I wish I could be at ALA Mid-Winter. Enjoy.
    Jules, Underground Railroad is a book that I’ll try again this summer. I have had it from the library twice but I haven’t had time to read it and the hold list is long. Ack!
    My Kicks:
    1. The Obamas…I will miss them so.
    2. Portland Women’s March, in the rain,couldn’t dampen spirits.
    3. Speaking out.
    4. #haikuforhealing slideshow that was put together by Mary Lee Hahn with few of my haiku included for #watchpaintdry a protest.
    5. Talking books to students with the public librarian.
    6. Back to school after 4 consecutive snow days.
    7. Twenty five students signed up for Poetry Rocks.
    Have a great week.

  2. Happy Sunday, Imps!

    Jules: Have fun! Glad that you are feeling better. Along the lines of Laura Marling, check out the music of Brooke Annibale. Also, the TV show Underground.

    Jone: Yay for the haikuforhealing, and yay for the students signed up for Poetry Rocks!

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Marches home and away
    2) Grateful for the Obamas. Wish they could stay.
    3) Community
    4) Artistry
    5) Camaraderie
    6) Goodwill
    7) Truth

  3. Hi Imps! Happy Sunday!

    Jules – have a wonderful time in Atlanta with your girls! So glad you’re feeling better, yay for new music & I agree, ERW looked fierce in that suit.

    Jone – hooray for the Portland March! So glad you went – thank you for adding your voice, especially in that cold rain!

    LW – Kick 7 is my favorite this week, but also love all your kicks.

    My kicks:
    1) Portland March! It was cold & rainy & still 100K people showed up, many with their kids. It felt like a big protest party. Very happy march.
    2) The snow is finally gone! (I love snow, but it was getting ridiculous.)
    3) Read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett & enjoyed it.
    4) Watching Season 2 of Catastrophe.
    5) New goals & new opportunities.
    6) The Obamas – I am going to miss them so much.
    7) Daisy. Unconditional puppy love is a wonderful thing.
    7.5) The biggest feeling of joy yesterday watching my fb feed full of pictures from all my friends – either at marches or with good wishes – and the sense of community & hope that came with it.

    Have a wonderful week Imps!

  4. Hi All!
    Jules – SO glad you are better and able to go to the ALA and be there for the award announcements tomorrow.
    Fab kicks all around.

    Mine are:
    1. mock Caldecott voting in our K-3 classrooms this week (the kids had a blast)
    2. I posted our mock Caldecott vote results on the ALA mock awards voting blog, and they were published! Can’t wait to show the kids on Monday when I go to each class to share the actual award results.
    3. the marches – so excited about the national message about love being stronger than hate. And the global support of women – just awesome. LA rocked it with a HUGE number of people. I couldn’t attend because of my recent surgery but so many I know went.
    4. RAIN – we are having more heavy, steady, beautiful rain. My drought weary heart is happy.
    5. the ALA YMA awards announcements tomorrow morning – can’t wait – so excited.
    6. the complexity and simplicity of life
    7. the start of a new year of picture books

    Have a great week everyone.

  5. Here I am! Sorry I’m late, but I’m finally home.

    Jone: I met Mary Lee in person today. I happened to stand behind her and Franki in the awards line. … So glad you got to march. I got to see the Atlanta march. It was incredible.

    Little Willow: Truth. Indeed. And thanks for the music rec.

    Rachel: I enjoyed seeing everyone else’s photos too. I hope we can all keep up the momentum.

    Allison, what good kicks. Did you see the awards? Are your students pleased?

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