7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #699: Featuring Julie Völk

h1 July 12th, 2020    by jules

“I know it might take a little while.
But that’s okay—I can wait.”

Sepideh Sarihi’s My Favorite Memories (Blue Dot Kids Press, August 2020) is a truly international affair. This story comes from an author born in Iran, who has lived in Germany for nearly a decade now. Illustrator Julie Völk is Austrian, and the book was translated from the German by the award-winning translator Elisabeth Lauffer. The original German-language edition of this book was released in 2018.

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Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures

h1 July 9th, 2020    by jules

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Khalil lives in a new house. He lives upstairs, and downstairs lives elderly Mr. Hagerty, whose life is signficantly more quiet than the “big and busy and noisy” lives of Khalil’s family. The two tenants share a backyard, and each loves it. Mr. Hagerty works in his garden; Khalil hunts bugs and “interesting rocks.”

This is the story of Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures (Candlewick, May 2020), written by Tricia Springstubb and illustrated by Elaheh Taherian.

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Welcoming Edith Campbell to The Niblings!

h1 July 8th, 2020    by jules


It’s time for one more Niblings introduction!

If you saw this post from a couple weeks ago, then you’ll remember what it means when I say “The Niblings” and that we welcomed librarian Erika Long into the fold.

We’d also like to welcome yet another librarian extraordinaire to our social media presence — Edith Campbell. This means that Edith will join us in sharing posts of interest in the field of children’s and YA lit.

Edith is an associate education librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. As part of the Reference and Instruction team, she serves as the liaison to the Bayh College of Education. Edith has served on several book committees, including the Walter Awards (We Need Diverse Books), YALSA’s Printz Award, and ALSC’s Sibert Award. She currently reviews for the Journal of Children’s Literature and serves on the Advisory Board for the online peer-reviewed journal, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. Her research interests include valuing Black children in youth literature and implementation of critical literacy practices in libraries. Edith was a founding member of See What We See and We Are Kidlit Collective. She blogs to promote literacy, decolonization, and social justice in young adult literature at CrazyQuiltsEdi. Edith received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and her M.L.S. from Indiana University.

To connect with Edith on Twitter, head to @CrazyQuilts. And to follow her at The Niblings, visit our Facebook page, as well as our Twitter feed.

Welcome, Edith!

True Inscrutability Before Breakfast

h1 July 7th, 2020    by jules

Louis: “I wish I was alone. …”
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I Wish is a Dutch import, originally released in 2011 and now on American shelves (March 2020), thanks to Elsewhere Editions. Translated by David Colmer, this striking collection of poems, over a hundred pages long, was written by famed Dutch writer Toon Tellegen (a 2006 finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award) and includes portraits by the award-winning Flemish illustrator Ingrid Godon.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #698: Featuring Rahele Jomepour Bell

h1 July 5th, 2020    by jules

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Today, I’ve some spreads from A. E. Ali’s Our Favorite Day of the Year (Salaam Reads, June 2020), illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell. It’s a sweet, earnest story — one about budding kindergarten friendships and learning to accept diverse ways of life. Other than one’s home, where else but in classrooms can we better instill such an appreciation in children? Pictured above are the book’s endpapers, which depict symbols from various cultures around the world.

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Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy

h1 July 2nd, 2020    by jules

“White sand. Green field.” The first spread of Tara Dairman’s Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy (Putnam, May 2020), illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan, is divided into horizontal strips — one image, dominated by copper colors, of a dry, hot desert and the second, dominated by lush greens, blues, and purples, of fields that have seen plenty of rain. Turn the page to meet the families who live in each locale.

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Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer

h1 June 30th, 2020    by jules

Today, I’ve got some spreads from one of my favorite summer reads, Gillian Goerz’s Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer (Dial, July 2020). Gillian also shares some early sketches and such from this, her first graphic novel. (Pictured above are drawings of the two main characters.)

This is the story, set in Canada, of two girls who strike up a friendship and — bonus! — solve a mystery together. But that basic summary doesn’t quite capture the many delights of this book. It’s a story whose biggest strength lies in its detailed, whip-smart characterizations.

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Welcoming Erika Long to The Niblings!

h1 June 29th, 2020    by jules

Many of you 7-Imp readers may know that I am part of a Facebook page and Twitter feed that serves as a resource page of sorts in the field of children’s literature. It’s called The Niblings, and I share it with other bloggers. Here’s the low-down (from back in 2013 when it was started).

We Niblings would like to welcome librarian extraordinaire Erika Long to our social media presence. This means that Erika will join us in sharing posts of interest in the field of children’s and YA lit. Erika’s social media presence is one of my favorites in this world, and I’m so pleased she’s joining us.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #697: Featuring Charly Palmer

h1 June 28th, 2020    by jules

“I could get in some laughs with inside toys —
cars and games that bring much joy.”

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I know I’ve said here before at 7-Imp that my favorite thing about Instagram is the feed of artist and illustrator Charly Palmer (whom I got to interview back in 2017). If you missed his recent cover art for Time, see it here. Magnificent.

So, I was happy to see he’d illustrated a new picture book that, somehow, I missed back in May but finally read this past week. My Rainy Day Rocket Ship, written by Markette Sheppard, is the story of a boy who must play inside on a rainy day — and decides to take his imaginative play to the next level.

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The Feeling of Beauty Before Breakfast

h1 June 25th, 2020    by jules

It’s my pleasure to share some spreads today from Tessa McWatt’s Where Are You, Agnes? (Groundwood), illustrated by Zuzanna Celej and coming to shelves in early August. This is McWatt’s picture book debut, and it’s a deeply contemplative, thoughtfully-executed story.

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