1-About Jules

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Note: The illustration at the top of this page was created specifically for 7-Imp in
July 2010 by illustrator Mark Crilley. Follow this link to see the image up close and personal. A huge, hearty thanks to Mark.

The sun immediately below here was created by the talented Rafael López, © 2011,
and is used with his permission.

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Jules here. Welcome to 7-Imp. Here is a bit about me, lest you wonder why I feel the need to gab about books. (For the record, there is a lot more info about the blog and why the hey I do it at this page, too.)

I worked first as a sign language interpreter and then a children’s librarian, and for a little while I did both at the same time. I studied children’s literature and librarianship in the School of Information Sciences at The University of Tennessee. I was eager to embark upon a scholarly study of children’s literature and happened to get a degree in librarianship as a side benefit; that’s how I see my graduate school experience anyway — wanting to read read read more children’s lit and truly not even considering at first what exactly I would do with it. One day, I’d like to tackle a doctorate in children’s literature.

My most recent librarian position was at The Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville, but I am currently in middle Tennessee. I did the stay-at-home-mother thing for years. (“Stay-at-home mom” always makes it sound like the woman is tethered to the kitchen table, so I’ve never been fond of it but wouldn’t know how else to put it.) Now, with both children in school, I work from home. I work as a part-time contractor for a company in Concord, Massachusetts (though, as I said, I make my home in middle Tennessee). I’ve also written a book about children’s literature with two other bloggers, and it’ll be published by Candlewick in Spring 2014. I write about picture books for Kirkus Reviews’ website, as well as occasional picture book reviews for BookPage. Summer 2013 I’ll be teaching a graduate course on picture books for the University of Tennessee.

As you can see, I fill my days with various freelance jobs — mostly having to do with children’s lit.

Having passed the Days of Snacking on Board Books, my daughters now love to be read to, and both (my oldest is pictured with me above) are now reading. I have to say it’s one of life’s greatest joys to watch the world of reading unfold for a child.

I have given up on the idea of any hobbies other than reading, since all I want to do in my spare time is read. Yoga? Gardening? Poker? Knitting toaster cozies? They all, in theory, sound nice and I wish I wanted more to do them, but I haven’t read Jane Eyre yet (or Little Women — gasp!) — too many books, not enough time, and life is very short. Good thing my husband likes to cook, huh?

I’d like to think of 7-Imp as a sort of literary salon where authors and illustrators stop by to share their craft. After getting a cup of cyber-coffee. Yeah. That.

My friend, Eisha, used to blog with me and co-founded this with me. I miss her voice at the blog. She’s a very good writer. Thankfully, she still reads and comments. You can still read some of her older stuff in the 7-Imp archives, too.

That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. If needed, here’s my official bio:

Julie Danielson (Jules) conducts interviews and features of authors and illustrators at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a children’s literature blog focused primarily on illustration and picture books. Julie received her Master’s in Information Sciences, with a focus on children’s librarianship. She has juried for the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Award, as well as the BolognaRagazzi Awards for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. She writes about picture books at Kirkus’ website, and she writes occasional picture book reviews for BookPage. Wild Things, her book about children’s literature, written with Betsy Bird and the late Peter D. Sieruta, will be published by Candlewick Press in 2014.

Enjoy the blog.

– Julie Danielson (a.k.a. Jules); Smyrna, Tennessee

{To contact me, email “seventhings *at* blaine *dot* org”} . . .

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Note: There is more about the blog and why I do it here at a May 2011 post at Aaron Mead’s blog, Children’s Books and Reviews. Many thanks to Aaron for having me over for a visit.

Oh, and in 2010 author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier kindly asked me to talk about some of my favorite picture books.

Here is where I visit Children’s Literature Network in 2012, and I thank Tom Owens for the visit.

Finally, here is a 2012 video I made for Candlewick’s year-long celebration of the picture book: