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October 23, 2014

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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.

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

This is our second “Walking and Talking” installment by the clearly multi-talented Steve Sheinkin.  This week?  Jenni Holm discusses how she works and gives some background on the blood, sweat and tears that went into The Fourteenth Goldfish. Be also sure to check out the first Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey [...]

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

This is our second “Walking and Talking” installment by the clearly multi-talented Steve Sheinkin.  This week?  Jenni Holm discusses how she works and gives some background on the blood, sweat and tears that went into The Fourteenth Goldfish. Be also sure to check out the first Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey [...]

The 9th Annual Carle Honors – 2014

The 9th Annual Carle Honors – 2014

Traditionally I tend to attend the Carle Honors secretly pregnant.  I’m not sure why this is but at least twice I have walked about, discretely refusing any and all alcoholic beverages.  One of those times I’d discovered the pregnancy mere hours before the event. No hidden incipient heirs were on display this time around, and [...]

Announcing the Debut of Fuse #8 TV

Announcing the Debut of Fuse #8 TV

Got me a blog. Got me a library job. And now I’ve got me a TV show. Sorta kinda. The nice folks here at SLJ took a gander at that little Newbery/Caldecott pre-game/post-game show I created with Lori Ess last January (and I just rewatched the post-game show which I would like to play at [...]

Press Release Fun: Hervé Tullet – The Exhibit

Press Release Fun:  Hervé Tullet – The Exhibit

My 3-year-old daughter is currently an Hervé Tullet fan, but not in the sense you might think.  It’s not Press Here that strikes her fancy (though she enjoys it well enough) but his board books with Phaidon.  Who knew?  Now there’s an exhibit up over in Brooklyn I need to take her to. Brooklyn Public [...]

Video Sunday: Meet Jbrary for All Your Hand Rhyme Needs

Video Sunday: Meet Jbrary for All Your Hand Rhyme Needs

So here’s the deal.  In libraries nationwide there are systems where trained children’s librarians are a scarcity.  There are any number of reasons for this.  It could be that the city or system is low on funds and isn’t hiring.  It could be that there isn’t a reliable library school in the state.  Whatever the [...]

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Me stuff.  You have been warned.  So the first thing to know today is that this coming Saturday I’ll be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum about Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  It will prove to be an amusing talk and if you live in the area I’d desperately love it if [...]

Historical Accuracy in Illustration: Shifting Standards or Stubborn Certainties?

Historical Accuracy in Illustration: Shifting Standards or Stubborn Certainties?

There’s been a lot of talk about accuracy in children’s nonfiction recently (which is just a fancy way of saying that there’s been a lot of talk on this particular blog).  Everything from invented dialogue to series that are nonfiction-ish.  One element we haven’t discussed in any way, shape, or form though is the notion [...]

Press Release Fun: Honoring William Steig and Atha Tehon

Press Release Fun: Honoring William Steig and Atha Tehon

Creating Children’s Books: Collaboration and Change A Symposium in Honor of William Steig and Atha Tehon http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/childrensbooks_symposium.html Creating Children’s Books: Collaboration and Change honors the contributions of William Steig and Atha Tehon to the world of children’s literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. The symposium will explore the creation of children’s books from both the [...]

Columbus Day? Direct Thine Attention Hence

Columbus Day? Direct Thine Attention Hence

So I’m sitting at a Tri-Library Book Buzz event in NYC the other day, which is basically this massive librarian preview event where publishers of every stripe hock their wares in a lickety-split fashion.  I like to go because it lets me see a lot of the little publishers who don’t get a lot of [...]

Video Sunday: Dancing in the Stacks

Video Sunday: Dancing in the Stacks

A veritable plethora of dancing librarians greet you this weekend.  Now I’ll be the first to say that if you’re going to have librarians or library patrons dancing in a video then the video has to be pretty darn impressive in some way.  Life’s too short otherwise.  But thing is, these folks are pretty extraordinary.  [...]

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube By Pat Mora Illustrated by Meilo So Children’s Book Press (an imprint of Lee & Low Books) $17.95 ISBN: 978-0892393251 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Sometimes I wonder what effect the televised ephemera I took in as a child has had on my memories and [...]

Press Release Fun: The Grolier Club Presents “One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature”

Press Release Fun: The Grolier Club Presents “One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature”

Susan Flamm Public Relations Consultant to the Grolier Club 212-289-2999 sflamm212@gmail.com One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature  A Holiday Presentation at the  Grolier Club Powerful narrative, unforgettable characters, illustrations that stir the imagination, and insights that engage the mind and heart—literature for children is forged from the same enduring elements as literature for adults.  Children’s books with these qualities [...]

Cover Reveal: Who Was Steve Irwin?

Cover Reveal: Who Was Steve Irwin?

Have a seat, children.  Let me tell you a little tale. The year was 2000.  I was a recent college graduate making her way in the world, fighting the good fight against an inevitable career in librarianship (a fight that I happily lost in the end).  While tooling around Portland, Oregon I came across the [...]

Fusenews: Knowing your funny from your droll

Fusenews: Knowing your funny from your droll

With Comic Con NYC later this week, publisher previews on the rise, and various work-related meetings, talks, and speeches I’m just the teeniest tiniest bit busy this week.  But no matter!  It is you, dear readers, that give me what for and how to.  For you I would forgo all the sleep in the world.  [...]

Press Release Fun: The Snail and the Whale at the New Vic

Press Release Fun: The Snail and the Whale at the New Vic

The New Victory Theater presents Tall Stories’ The Snail and the Whale Beloved Bedtime Story Hits Stage for Limited Engagement October 18 – 19, 2014   New York, NY (September 9, 2014) – A tiny snail’s big adventure blazes a trail to the Big Apple when London’s Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004; Snow White New Vic 2003) collaborates with [...]

Video Sunday: Sneaky Peeks Edition, Part 2

Video Sunday: Sneaky Peeks Edition, Part 2

You know, it’s been a while since I showed you some of the fan-freakin’-tastic Wild Things videos we’ve been playing on the old Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature website.  I know some of you haven’t gone over to it lately so I’ll make it easy for you.  Here’s a quickie synopsis of [...]

Review of the Day: Caminar by Skila Brown

Review of the Day: Caminar by Skila Brown

Caminar By Skila Brown Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763665166 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Survivor’s guilt. Not the most common theme in children’s books these days. Not unheard of certainly, but it definitely doesn’t crop up as often as, say, stories about cupcakes or plucky orphans that have to defeat evil wizards. Serious works of [...]

Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Tim Federle, Nursery Rhymes, and Some Light Apéritifs

Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Tim Federle, Nursery Rhymes, and Some Light Apéritifs

There’s this fellow I know. Tim Federle is his name. You might know him from his rather extraordinary and charming middle grade books BETTER NATE THAN EVER and FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE. Both books focus on a theater kid finding his way on Broadway. They are charming, effervescent, and irresistible, much like their author. In [...]

Press Release Fun: The Children’s Literary Salon – Native Fiction and the Editorial Process

Press Release Fun: The Children’s Literary Salon – Native Fiction and the Editorial Process

Folks, you know me. Half the time I forget to even mention these swell little events that happen, absolutely free I might add, in my library.  But this Saturday’s panel . . . well, it’s special.  It’s sort of a once in a lifetime panel.  You’re not going to see this kind of thing pretty [...]