7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #626: Featuring the 100th Anniversary Children’s Book Week Poster, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

h1 February 17th, 2019 by jules


I’m doing something a little bit different today. When I saw the announcement this week of this year’s Children’s Book Week poster, I knew I wanted to be sure to share it here at 7-Imp, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales, it celebrates the centennial celebration of Children’s Book Week. Children’s Book Week, established in 1919 and administered by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. You can read more about it (and the poster) here. And then head to everychildareader.net (where you can, if you’re so inclined, download your own hi-res version of this poster).

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) The sit-back-and-wait and cross-fingers part of a writing project.

2) Lucy Knisley’s Kid Gloves.

3) I enjoyed, for many reasons, interviewing Vesper Stamper this week, but I particularly like what she had to say about balancing work and friendships:

One very important thing I realized was that, over the years of being incredibly devoted to my career, I had isolated myself by diving in to my work at the expense of my friendships. I have to confess that the week I announced my book deal was the single loneliest time of my life. There were 150 Facebook likes, but not one phone call, no text, no email, no friends to take me out for a celebratory drink. It was crickets. And it was no one’s fault but my own. Even though I’m an extrovert, I had neglected my relationships — and I was alone.

I knew that I could not continue to do work on the Holocaust — or anything else — without emotional support, and I couldn’t put that exclusively on my husband or kids. So, I reached out to about four people whom I knew I didn’t have to explain myself to and purposely asked them to walk with me, check on me, and help me re-build my relationships with them. They all stepped up to the plate, and one — my friend Noelle Rhodes — even came with me to the concentration camps.

Being an artist has its work hazards, and mental/emotional health is a major one to watch. I share this lesson about work obsession and relationships, because I know I’m not the only one. I hope it will help others to reach out for help.

A good reminder.

4) Plans to hear live music.

5) I love how a children’s book is a prominent plot point as Russian Doll comes to a close.

6) Abbi at Soulstice Games Day in season 3, episode 3 of Broad City.

7) I put a cat bed in my home office, and now Pumpkinfacehead spends most of the day with me. Sleeping. Because he is LAZY. But he’s cute.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #626: Featuring the 100th Anniversary Children’s Book Week Poster, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales”

  1. Ooh, what a gorgeous poster. May have to download it.
    Jules, I’ve heard several talk about Russian Doll. May have to indulge.
    My Kicks:
    1. Reading until almost 11 w/o guilt and when I want.
    2. Receiving peace postcards as part if the yearly peace postcard project.
    3. Poetry workshop with Paulann Peterson, former OR Poet Laureate. I love how she gives of her time.
    4. LONG WAY DOWN was awarded the CYBILs Award for Poetry.
    5. All the other CBILS Poetry Nominees. It was a tough list to select just one.
    6. Teaching one line equation poems to 2nd and 3rd graders. Used SNOWMAN-COLD=PUDDLE as mentor txt. Am sharing next Friday.
    7. Hosted Peotry Friday last Friday. Love all the poetry goodness.
    Have a great week.

  2. That poster is so gorgeous.

    The quote from Vesper Stamper is a very good reminder to take care of those connections.

    Jules – so glad you have Pumpkinfacehead’s company in your office! Its nice to have their sleepy presence while working. I really loved Russian Doll and made a note to read that book, as I have never read it. Still haven’t watched Broad City, its on my list.

    Jone – I am very envious of your reading time! Such a lovely thing to be able to do without guilt. That poetyr workshop sounds like it was a good one.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Got my copy of Angie Thomas’ “On the Come Up” and can’t wait til I have time to read it.
    2) Threw a small Valentine’s party for a bunch of girlfriends that wound up being very small and lowkey fun. And the goody bags were a hit, which makes me very happy.
    3) Using the slow cooker to make a chicken chili. I need to use it more.
    4) Some of my family members are at Disneyland right now. My nephews are 1 and 4 and the reactions to the lifesize characters are very fun to see.
    5) Daisy enjoying lots of attention from my friends – she is a social butterfly.
    6) Being able to have lunch with a friend from law school I hadn’t seen in a couple of years – it was really great to spend time and catch up while she was in town.
    7) Started watching The Umbrella Academy, its pretty good.
    7.5) Reading all the different pieces about the Opportunity Rover and how the scientists played her “I’ll Be Seeing You” as the last song. And this short essay was quite good: http://thisgirlcodes.tumblr.com/post/145090171942/swanjolras-gosh-but-like-we-spent-hundreds-of/amp

    Have a lovely rest of the weekend and a wonderful week, Imps!

  3. Howdy, Imps! Happy Sunday!

    Here’s to readers (and writers, and illustrators, and all forms of storytellers and audiences) now and forever! Thanks for sharing, Jules. Crossing my fingers for your project. YAY for PFH acting as your office assistant. Good kitty. Also, yay for live music! I too was glad that a book factored into the plot of Russian Doll, and I like the book that was featured, but I wouldn’t have minded if it had had even more significance. 🙂

    Jone: Glad poetry is always so kick-y for you.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Completion
    2) Motivation
    3) Compensation
    4) Contemplation
    5) Continuation
    6) Admiration
    7) Constellations

  4. Jone, I LOVE Laura’s SNOWMAN book. I reviewed it for BookPage and, once they post that review, I’ll share some art from it here, because I love the art too. Love your first and third kicks, in particular, and I will visit the Cybils site to see the other winners!

    Rachel, I saved your kicks from spam. Sorry about that! Broad City is sooo funny. I’m really, really enjoying it. … What great kicks. I really want to read Angie’s new book.

    Little Willow: Love your cryptic last kick. And I have never read this L.M. Montgomery book, but like Rachel, I now want to.

    Have a good week, you all!

  5. Rachel: Yay for catching up with friends! Tears and appreciation for the Opportunity rover.

    Jules: I read all of the L.M. Montgomery books the library had when I was a kid – I loved the Anne books most of all.

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