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Note: The illustration at the top of this page was created specifically for 7-Imp in
December 2012 by illustrator Susan Sorrell Hill. The original painting can be viewed here in her Etsy shop. Warm thanks to Susan.

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Blogging here at 7-Imp is a labor of love, but it has fortuitously brought about some freelance writing in my life as well…

Wild Things:
Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature

Since 2009, I’ve been working on a book, called Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, with Betsy Bird and the late Peter D. Sieruta, coming your way from Candlewick Press in August 2014. Here’s more information, though it’s dated. (The above illustration is © 2009 Adam Rex.)

Writing at Kirkus Reviews:

Since 2011, I’ve been contributing weekly columns and Q&As over at Kirkus Reviews. See here for more information.

Below is a list of my Kirkus writings:

2011

* Q & A with poet and author Marilyn Singer; 3/11/11.
* The Art of Motherhood in I’ll Be There; 3/18/11.
* Lois Lowry’s Bless This Mouse; 3/25/11.
* Celebrating the launch of National Poetry Month with four new children’s poetry titles; 4/1/11.
* Atinuke’s Anna Hibiscus chapter book series; 4/8/11.
* “Less is More”: Wordless and mostly wordless picture books; 4/15/11.
* A Paul Galdone appreciation; 4/22/2011.
* Q & A with author Candace Fleming about her Amelia Earhart biography, Amelia Lost; 4/29/11.
* David Almond’s and Dave McKean’s Slog’s Dad; 5/6/11.
* Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Bird in a Box; 5/13/11.
* DK Publishing’s children’s title on world religions, What Do You Believe?; 5/20/11.
* Three Spring 2011 picture book biographies; 5/27/11.
* The latest from TOON Books, early-reader comics; 6/3/11.
* Daniel Pinkwater’s and Calef Brown’s collection of Edward Lear poetry; 6/10/11.
* “Summer Fun”: Nina Crews’ The Neighborhood Sing-Along and Meg Medina and Claudio Muñoz’s Tía Isa Wants a Car; 6/17/11.
* “The New Yorker Effect”; 6/24/11.
* Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt; 7/1/11.
* Q & A with George O’Connor, author, illustrator, and graphic novelist; 7/8/11.
* Spotlight on two author/illustrator debuts, Sophie Blackall and Lauren Castillo; 7/15/11.
* Steve Voake’s Daisy Dawson chapter book series; 7/22/11.
* “India Represents”; July 29, 2011.
* A brief tribute to the very funny books of Tim Egan; August 5, 2011.
* My favorite picture books thus far in 2011; August 12, 2011.
* Three Must-Reads for Kindergartners; August 19, 2011.
* Going Green with Lane Smith; August 26, 2011.
* Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck; September 2, 2011.
*“Let’s Hear It for the Art”; September 9, 2011.
*“The Magic of a Good Import”; September 16, 2001.
* Emily Jenkins’ Toys Come Home; September 23, 2011.
* Q & A with author Catherynne M. Valente; September 30, 2011.
* A spotlight on First Second Book’s Nursery Rhyme Comics; October 7, 2011.
* “Outside the Box: Eric Carle”; October 14, 2011.
* “A Lullaby for the Ages”; October 21, 2011.
* “Poetry at Play”; October 28, 2011.
* “A Shout-Out for Norton Juster”; November 4, 2011.
* Yu Li-Qiong’s A New Year’s Reunion, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang; November 11, 2011.
* “2011: A Great Year for Picture Books”; November 18, 2011.
* Top 10 Picture Books 2011; November 23, 2011.
* Lita Judge’s Red Sled; December 2, 2011.
* Inga Moore’s Home Sweet Home; December 9, 2011.
* Olivier Dunrea’s A Christmas Tree for Pyn; December 16, 2011.
* Looking Ahead to 2012; December 23, 2011.
* “One More Can’t-Miss Picture Book for 2011″; December 30, 2011.

2012

* “A 2012 Preview in Picture Books”; January 6, 2012.
* Shana Corey’s Here Come the Girls Scouts!, illustrated by Hadley Hooper; January 13, 2012.
* Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George!; January 20, 2012.
* Kyo Maclear’s Virginia Wolf, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; January 27, 2012.
* Kevin Henkes’ Penny and Her Song; February 3, 2012.
* “Get Moving with Singer and Pham”; February 10, 2012.
* Maira Kalman’s Looking at Lincoln; February 17, 2012.
* “Back from Bologna!”; February 24, 2012.
* Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature; March 2, 2012.
* Cynthia Rylant’s and Brian Biggs’ Brownie & Pearl series; March 9, 2012.
* Sonya Hartnett’s Sadie and Ratz; March 16, 2012.
* Polly Horvath’s Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, illustrated by Sophie Blackall; March 23, 2012.
* Claire A. Nivola’s Life in the Ocean; March 30, 2012.
* Q & A with J. Patrick Lewis, Children’s Poet Laureate; April 5, 2012.
* Mary Ann Hoberman’s and Michael Emberley’s Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart; April 6, 2012.
* Aubrey Davis’s A Hen for Izzy Pippik, illustrated by Marie Lafrance; April 13, 2012.
* Q & A with Leonard S. Marcus; April 19, 2012.
* Earth Day 2012 picture book titles; April 20, 2012.
* “Big Boys Now”; April 27, 2012.
* Q & A with author/illustrator Tad Hills; May 3, 2012.
* A spotlight on Tara Books (international picture books); May 4, 2012.
* Tao Nyeu’s Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always; May 11, 2012.
* Ashley Bryan exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art: A conversation with the curator; May 17, 2012.
* Koos Meinderts’ and Annette Fienieg’s The Man in the Clouds; May 18, 2012.
* Belle Yang’s bilingual board books; May 25, 2012.
* A tribute to my co-author and friend, Peter D. Sieruta; May 31, 2012.
* A chat with Elisha Cooper about Homer; June 8, 2012.
* A chat with Sam Arthur from Nobrow Press; June 14, 2012.
* Janik Coat’s Hippopposites; June 15, 2012.
* Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School; June 22, 2012.
* Q & A with Mac Barnett about Extra Yarn; June 28, 2012.
* “Capturing ‘Georgia in Hawaii’”; June 29, 2012.
* Bryan Collier’s I, Too, Am America; July 4, 2012.
* Q & A with illustrator Dan Santat; July 12, 2012.
* Hyewon Yum’s Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!; July 13, 2012.
* Spotlight on The Frank Show and The Insomniacs; July 20, 2012.
* Victoria Jamieson’s Olympig!; July 27, 2012.
* Daniel Pinkwater’s Bear in Love, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand; August 3, 2012.
* A chat with Brian McMullen about McSweeney’s McMullens imprint; August 9, 2012.
* Favorite Fall 2012 picture books; August 10, 2012.
* The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry; August 17, 2012.
* Q & A with Philip Nel about his double biography of Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson; August 24, 2012.
* Creepy Carrots! and Big Mean Mike; August 31, 2012.
* Q & A with Sarah Stewart and David Small; September 6, 2012.
* A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books; September 7, 2012.
* Elin Kelsey’s and Soyeon Kim’s You Are Stardust; September 14, 2012.
* Q & A with author Judith Viorst; September 20, 2012.
* Klaas Verplancke’s Applesauce; September 21, 2012.
* “Esmé Raji Codell Remembers Johnny Appleseed”; September 28, 2012.
* Q & A with picture book author Lauren Thompson; October 4, 2012.
* David Ezra Stein’s Because Amelia Smiled; October 5, 2012.
* Michael Ian Black’s I’m Bored, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi; October 12, 2012.
* Q & A with graphic novelist Hope Larson; October 18, 2012.
* Henry Cole’s Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad; October 19, 2012.
* Cece Bell’s Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover; October 26, 2012.
* Q & A with author/illustrator Matthew Cordell; November 1, 2012.
* Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski’s Sleep Like a Tiger; November 2, 2012.
* Amy Hest’s and Lauren Castillo’s The Reader; November 9, 2012.
* Q&A with Barbara McClintock; November 15, 2012.
* Kadir Nelson and I Have a Dream; November 16, 2012.
* Birgitta Sif’s Oliver; November 23, 2012.
* Eileen Spinelli’s Cold Snap, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; November 30, 2012.
* “Gifts for the Fairy Tale Lovers in Your Life”; December 7, 2012.
* Jonathan Emmett’s The Santa Trap, illustrated by Poly Bernatene; December 14, 2012.
* When Dreadful Things Happen; December 21, 2012.
* Two early ’13 picture book titles: Jesse Klausmeier’s Open This Little Book, illustrated by Suzy Lee, and Neil Gaiman’s Chu’s Day, illustrated by Adam Rex; December 28, 2012.

2013

* Jonathan Bean’s Building Our House; January 4, 2013.
* Q&A with author/illustrator Bob Staake; January 10, 2013.
* Stein Erik Lunde’s My Father’s Arms Are a Boat, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter; January 11, 2013.
* Jed Henry’s Cheer Up, Mouse!; January 18, 2013.
* Q&A with Melissa Sweet; January 24, 2013.
* “Going Beyond Black History Month”; January 25, 2013.
* “Maurice Sendak Reissued”; February 1, 2013.
* Amelia Bedelia’s 50th birthday and a Q&A with Herman Parish; February 7, 2013.
* Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged; February 8, 2013.
* Rose Lagercrantz’s My Happy Life, illustrated by Eva Eriksson; February 15, 2013.
* Q&A with Sergio Ruzzier; February 21, 2013.
* Deborah Hopkinson’s Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story, illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia; February 22, 2013.
* Hilary McKay’s Lulu series; March 1, 2013.
* Q&A with Sean Qualls; March 7, 2013.
* Don Brown’s Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution; March 8, 2013.
* Tricia Springstubb’s Phoebe & Digger, illustrated by Jeff Newman; March 15, 2013.
* Q&A with author Janice N. Harrington and illustrator Brian Pinkney; March 21, 2013.
* Rita Jahanforuz’s The Girl With a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, illustrated by Vali Mintzi; March 22, 2013.
* Q&A with editor Susan Rich about Lemony Snicket’s and Jon Klassen’s The Dark; March 29, 2013.
* Chris Raschka’s Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle; April 4, 2013.
* Kashmira Sheth’s Tiger in My Soup, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler; April 5, 2013.
* “3 Striking Tales of India”; April 12, 2013.
* Q&A with illustrator Paul Thurlby; April 18, 2013.
TO BE UPDATED SOON …

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