7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #765:
Featuring Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard

h1 October 17th, 2021    by jules

“At first, we can see Grandpa’s footprints in the snow, but before long, the wind blows them away. All the same, we can follow the words he’s lost in the snow.
Grandma can see them now, too.”

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“My grandfather’s name is Kaj, and my grandmother’s name is Gerda. I go to see them a lot.” Thus opens Betina Birkjærs Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost (Enchanted Lion), illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard and translated by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov. This Danish import, originally published in 2019 and coming to U.S. shelves in December, tells a tenderly crafted (and seamlessly translated) story about dementia as if affects an intergenerational relationship.

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How to Find a Fox

h1 October 15th, 2021    by jules

“… amber eyes”
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You all remember Kate Gardner’s Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth (2018), illustrated by Heidi Smith. Right? (It even won Heidi the 2019 Bull-Bransom Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art.) Gardner is back with a book about foxes and, delightfully, it is filled with photography. How to Find A Fox (Running Press Kids, September 2021) features photographs by wildlife photographer Ossi Saarinen, and it is one of this year’s best picture books.

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The Tiny Woman’s Coat

h1 October 12th, 2021    by jules

Here are some spreads from a lovely import, written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, each from New Zealand. The Tiny Woman’s Coat (Gecko Press, October 2021) tells the story of a miniature woman who, with the help of Mother Nature and its inhabitants, builds herself a coat to keep warm.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #764: Featuring Yuyi Morales

h1 October 10th, 2021    by jules

“Child, you are awake!
Breathe in, then breathe out, hermosa creatura.”

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Bright Star (Neal Porter Books, September 2021), written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, nearly thrums with tenderness. In this story, a fawn is born in the desert (pictured above). “You are ALIVE! You are a bright star inside our hearts,” we read on the spread that follows; it is the fawn’s mother who seems to be narrating.

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My City Speaks

h1 October 7th, 2021    by jules

I love the empowering opening spreads, pictured below, of Darren Lebeuf’s My City Speaks (Kids Can Press, September 2021), illustrated by Ashley Barron. A child and father head out for a day in the city: “This is our city,” we read, but then: “But this is my city.” The child, visually impaired and walking with a cane, moves through the beloved city, exploring and appreciating its movement, its sounds, all that grows in it, its smells, its tastes, its textures — and its buzzing, vibrant voice.

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Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

h1 October 5th, 2021    by jules

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Dr. Jess Wade’s debut picture book — Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small (Candlewick, September 2021), illustrated by Melissa Castrillón — is an exploration of the building blocks of all things (atoms, elements); how those small things are used in the field of nanotechnology; and how nanomaterials of today can result in a more environmentally-friendly world. Wade is an award-winning physicist, activist, and science communicator, living in the UK. She works very hard (please read this Q&A) to ensure that the contributions of underrepresented researchers, especially women scientists, are not overlooked.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #763: Featuring Tom Gauld

h1 October 3rd, 2021    by jules

Tom Gauld’s The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess (Neal Porter Books, August 2021) is the kind of story that feels like a classic — like a book you perhaps read twenty years ago — yet also feels fresh and new and compelling.

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The Old Boat

h1 October 1st, 2021    by jules

If you happen to follow Calling Caldecott over at the Horn Book, you know that our talented guest posters have been writing about some beautiful 2021 picture books.

Today’s post is from Elissa Gershowitz. She writes about Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey’s The Old Boat, released earlier this year by Norton Young Readers. (Remember when Jarrett and Jerome visited 7-Imp back in 2019 to talk about The Old Truck?)

I send you today to Elissa’s post about what she calls “another emotionally moving story about a vehicle and its family.” That is here. When you’re doing reading that, you can head back here, if you’re so inclined, to see some spreads from the book (below).

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Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

h1 September 28th, 2021    by jules

Want to see a few spreads from Traci N. Todd’s brand-new picture book, Nina: A Story of Nina Simone (Putnam, September 2021)? Why, yes. Yes, you do. Illustrated by Christian Robinson, this book is an exquisite merging of words and illustrations.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #762: Featuring Ben Hatke

h1 September 26th, 2021    by jules

Julia’s back!

You all may remember Ben Hatke’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures (2014) — see lots of art here — and Julia’s House Moves on from last year (see art here). Julia, we learned in book one, lives in a walking house and has a lot of unusual friends, misfit fantasy creatures of all kinds. There are mermaids, unicorns, goblins, fairies, and much more (including a dragon). Julia knows how to keep everyone safe — and is the consummate host. In the second book, released in 2020, we saw Julia’s house turn restless, but resilient Julia had a plan. When this new tale kicks off — Julia’s House Goes Home (First Second, October 2021) — we see that Julia’s house is roaming the hills once again, looking for a new place to land.

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