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November 21, 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.

Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook (Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 9781596438743 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. When you’re a librarian buying for your system, you come to understand that certain nonfiction topics are perennial favorites. You accept that no matter how many [...]

Fuse #8 TV: Eric Carle Museum Tours and Absolutely Lisa Graff

Top of the morning to you, folks!  I’m happy to release my second Fuse #8 TV episode.  This time around I thought it would be a bit of fun to take a trip to the Eric Carle Museum.  Not everyone has ever had a chance to visit and it’s just the loveliest place.  After that, [...]

Press Release Fun: Spend an Evening with Brian Floca (for free!)

Press Release Fun: Spend an Evening with Brian Floca (for free!)

Free Lecture An Evening with Brian Floca Saturday, December 6, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Join award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca, this year’s recipient of the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for Locomotive, for a presentation about his creative journey, his work in various formats, and [...]

Fusenews: “If ‘1984’ or ‘The Trial’ had been a children’s book, Mr Messy would be it”

Fusenews: “If ‘1984’ or ‘The Trial’ had been a children’s book, Mr Messy would be it”

Recently I’ve grown rather fascinated with the academic children’s collections of the world.  The rare book collections in particular.  With that in mind, what do you do if you’re an institution that specializes in archived materials, and yet you still want to engage young readers in some capacity?  Enter Teaching the untouchable, a great article [...]

Review of the Day: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand

Review of the Day: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand

Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin By Russell Brand Illustrated by Chris Riddell Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4767-9189-0 On shelves now. If there is a trend to be spotted amongst the celebrity children’s books being released these days then I think it boils down to a [...]

Library Lions in Books for Kids

Library Lions in Books for Kids

It’s not widely known but here is a true fact about my current job – I don’t work in the big stone library with the big stone lions anymore.  Surprising, right?  I still have my job, it’s true.  But about a year ago I was moved with the rest of my department to Long Island [...]

Cover Reveal: Dave Barry’s Return to Middle Grade

Cover Reveal: Dave Barry’s Return to Middle Grade

I’d just graduated college when a book came into my possession that was to have a surprising amount of sway over my life from that point onward.  Its title?  Dave Barry’s Book of Bad Songs.  The year was 1997 and it may well be that I’ve never enjoyed a book quite as much since. Fast [...]

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown & Company (Spring 2015)

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown & Company (Spring 2015)

As librarian previews go, Little, Brown’s remain the gold standard. The food, the guests, the layout, the everything. It is the rare preview that leaves you feeling more relaxed that when you entered. Yet such is the case whenever Victoria Stapleton don’s her latest pair of delightful shoes (shown below). And then the editorial stars [...]

Fusenews: My Count Olaf’s more Vincent Price, but that’s neither here nor there

Fusenews: My Count Olaf’s more Vincent Price, but that’s neither here nor there

Oh, thank the high heavens.  Good news, folks. The celebrities have arrived to show us how to write books with darker themes. Thank goodness they’re here!  Until now the field of children’s literature was just an unending vista of sunshine and daisies. But thanks to the combined efforts of Evangeline Lilly (“I look around me [...]

Review of the Day: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Review of the Day: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters By Oliver Jeffers Philomel (an imprint of Penguin) $26.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-16791-1 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Beware ever becoming a brand, my sweet, for that way lies nothing but unhappiness and ruin. Or not. I think the only real and true problem with [...]

Translating Picture Books: Why Don’t We Care?

Translating Picture Books: Why Don’t We Care?

So I’m having lunch with author Jeff Baron (I REPRESENT SEAN ROSEN) the other day and we’re talking about his play VISITING MR. GREEN.  It’s a remarkably popular work, and has had debuts all over the world.  The topic naturally turned to translation and Jeff mentioned that he takes an active role in reading and [...]

Video Sunday

Video Sunday

The We Need Diverse Books campaign has kicked it up a notch with an Indiegogo campaign. They’re raising money to support authors, diversify classrooms, develop educational kits, promote diverse programming, you name it.  As of my writing this they are $40,000 or so away from their goal.  Check it out: Diverse Campaign w Thanks Card [...]

Happy Halloween Ephemera

Happy Halloween Ephemera

This marks the first year my daughter (now three) actually cared what her Halloween costume was.  She wanted to be a princess.  I brought home The Paper Bag Princess in response.  No worries.  She won’t be wearing a paper bag or anything.  I just wanted to combat the princess notion any which way.  And now [...]

Cover Reveal: The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents . . .

Cover Reveal: The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents . . .

One of my favorite graphic novels this year was the awfully ambitious (and awfully good) The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents . . . MacBeth.  Any book that uses that much ketchup in its plotting has my instant love.  So when the folks at First Second asked if I wanted to present the cover reveal [...]

Press Release Fun: A Charlotte’s Web Celebration Par Excellence

Press Release Fun: A Charlotte’s Web Celebration Par Excellence

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                   LIEV SCHREIBER, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, JANE CURTIN, MICHAEL POTTS AND MORE CELEBRATE THE BELOVED AUTHOR OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB WITH READINGS AND MUSIC     Symphony Space, First Book – Manhattan and HarperCollins Publishers announce A star-studded evening honoring E.B. White on November [...]

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite [...]

Is It Rude to Ask?

Is It Rude to Ask?

There are questions in this world that it is always safe to ask a children’s librarian about his or her children.  Prominent amongst them: “So what are your kids reading these days?” The “kids” in question here would be the librarian’s children.  Yet I’ll admit that when I’m asked, there’s always that brief moment of [...]

Press Release Fun: Nominate a Literary Landmark

Press Release Fun: Nominate a Literary Landmark

From our good fellow in the field, Rocco Staino: Hello, As chair of the ALA/CBC committee I am working with United for Libraries and the Children’s Book Council on an initiative for Children’s Book Week.  It is our hope that during Children’s Book Week in 2015 that with your help United for Libraries can dedicate throughout the country [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]