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April 24, 2015

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Elizabeth Bird

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird (fusenumber8@gmail.com) is a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library and blogs at “A Fuse #8 Production” on SLJ ’s website. Her last feature for the magazine, “Betsy Goes to Bologna” ( July 2011), offered a bird’s-eye view of the world’s largest kids’ book fair.

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale By Neil Christopher Illustrated by Jim Nelson Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not […]

Displays Every Day! An April 23rd Sampler

Displays Every Day! An April 23rd Sampler

Yesterday was Earth Day, and I suspect a fair number of you librarians out there did some killer Earth Day displays of books for the kiddos, teachers, and parents out there.  I love thematic book displays.  But who says you need an official holiday to create one?  Let us say, for the sake of argument, […]

A Call for Art! Judy Blume Art! Celebrate the ABFE

A Call for Art!  Judy Blume Art!  Celebrate the ABFE

So you think you love Judy Blume?  Prove it.  As you know, each and every year The American Booksellers for Free Expression has a book art auction.  It’s where people go to get really really good stuff.  And this year, since the ABFE is celebrating Judy Blume, they’re not only looking for artists willing to […]

Fusenews: “It’s like a shoe of flesh”

Fusenews: “It’s like a shoe of flesh”

Mmm. Vanity straight up. So I never quite know how to post “me stuff” news when it’s particularly nice. On the one hand I could post the link with the typical “I’m not worthy” statement attached, but that always sounds as if I doth protest too much.  Or, I could go the other route, and […]

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Hallo, folks! So today is the last day of National Library Week.  In celebration, enjoy this delightful video from Common Craft for your average non-library literate layman.  If you are a librarian, show this video to those members of your family who heard you had to get a Master’s degree and asked you, “What? So […]

Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference (Professional Development Credit!)

Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference (Professional Development Credit!)

Howdy, folks.  You may recall that in the past I’ve mentioned that there’s a lovely 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference coming to NYC this June.  Well, for those of you with professional development credits to accrue, guess what?  You can get one by attending.  See below for more details: EDUCATOR LITERACY PROGRAM presented by 21st […]

Fuse #8 TV: Aaron Starmer and Reading (Too Much) Into Easy Books

Fuse #8 TV: Aaron Starmer and Reading (Too Much) Into Easy Books

YES!  It is time for yet another episode of Fuse #8 TV and today we have a doozy.  A fair frolicsome, lithe and lovely episode wherein I take Are You My Mother? and destroy your ability to ever read it again.  And if I fail to do even that, just read this version over at The […]

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Beastly Verse By Joohee Yoon Enchanted Lion Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-166-7 Ages 3 and up On shelves now Poetry. What’s the point? I say this as a woman who simultaneously gets poetry and doesn’t get it. I get that it’s important, of course. I only need to watch my three-year-old daughter come up with an […]

Searching for the Real: Children’s Literature When Fiction and Reality Intersect

Searching for the Real: Children’s Literature When Fiction and Reality Intersect

Eventually it will become clear that the bulk of my posts these days are inspired by Radiolab discussion topics of one sort or another.  In today’s case, there was a recent show that made a close examination of those moments when fiction and reality intersect in interesting ways.  The show began with a look at […]

Fusenews: Spring is here, spring is here / Life is skittles and life is beer

Fusenews: Spring is here, spring is here / Life is skittles and life is beer

The weather!  She has warmed here in NYC!  The crocuses and daffodils and purple flowers that I can never identify are blooming in my front yard.  The birds are singing and there are buds on the trees.  Tis spring spring spring!  To celebrate, we begin today with a poetic celebration of baseball (a very spring […]

Review of the Day: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Review of the Day: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail By Ursula Vernon Dial (an imprint of Penguin Group) ISBN: 978-0803741294 Ages 8-11 On shelves April 21st These are dark times for children’s fantasy. Dark times indeed. Which is to say, when I pick up a fantasy novel for kids, more often than not I find the books filled with torture, violence, bloody […]

If you could change any rule . . .

If you could change any rule . . .

Let us say that the gods have decreed that you shall now be The Supreme High Muckety-Muck of the American Library Association, hitherto allowed to command your librarian minions throughout the Americas.  Let us say that in your infinite wisdom you have decided to use this power for only good, and not evil.  Now you […]

Press Release Fun: The Kids Author Carnival Returns!

Press Release Fun: The Kids Author Carnival Returns!

Here in New York there’s a Teen Authors Festival that makes the rounds once a year. Inspired by David Levithan’s style, a Kids Author Carnival was created. It’s now in its second year. Check out that line-up! KIDS AUTHOR CARNIVAL 2015   The 2nd annual Kids Author Carnival will take place at the Jefferson Market […]

Video Sunday: From Argentina to Germany, It’s a Worldwide Trip!

Video Sunday: From Argentina to Germany, It’s a Worldwide Trip!

Happy Easter, folks!  Tis a bonny Easter Video Sunday . . . . not really.  One of these videos does show a bunny at one point, though.  Can YOU find it?  The answer is at the end of this post. First up, my co-writer Jules Danielson was in town recently and managed to get herself […]

Of Bunnies and Blood

Of Bunnies and Blood

Morning, folks!  I’ve two spring-like things to draw your attention to today.  Nothing particularly heavy or consequential.  Just light, airy, early April tidbits. First up, New York Public Library is doing a wonderful 30 Days of Poetry feature where every day of the month a different staff member reads a selection from one of their […]

The Rise in Latino Children’s Literature: A 2015 Accounting

The Rise in Latino Children’s Literature: A 2015 Accounting

So we need diverse books, which at this point in the proceedings shouldn’t really be news to much of anyone.  You know it.  I know it.  But ascertaining progress can be tricky in these matters.  Anyone who works in publishing knows that it takes years and years for books to reach publication.  Read through any […]

And All Our April Fool’s of Yesterday

And All Our April Fool’s of Yesterday

It sort of defeats the purpose to write a post that reminds folks that it’s April Fool’s Day in the post’s very title, doesn’t it?  I guess I can’t go about claiming wild and wacky things, like Peter Sieruta used to.  Remember his 2012 post on “Selznick syndrome” or 2011′s Charlie Sheen Lands Children’s Book […]

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0062252074 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Almost since their very conception children’s books were meant to teach and inform on the one hand, and to inform one’s moral fiber on the other. Why who can forget that catchy little 1730 […]

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (an imprint of Penguin Group USA) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01652-5 Ages 8-11 On shelves now I was listening to a favorite podcast of mine the other day when the panelists began discussing the difference between heist films and […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

That’s right. Andrew Smith. And it’s fantastic. The latest in Steve Sheinkin’s series “Walking and Talking”. Enjoy it. Big time thanks to Steve for putting these together and for this one in particular. Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking with John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm Walking and Talking […]