March 20, 2017

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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: The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, ill. Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist By Cynthia Levinson Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-0070-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Today I’d like to begin with a small talk about diversity. Not diversity of people necessarily, but diversity […]

Fusenews: Quoth Walter Cronkite – “Eloise has been kidnapped”

I’m quick and slick and blogging like a . . . like a . . . like a woman who can’t come up with a third rhyme!  Doggone it . . .   Look at this guy with this book doing his business like it ain’t no thing.  You go, man, go!   If you’ve […]

Caldecott 2018: Spring Prediction Edition

Folks, for 9 years now I’ve been doing these goofy little Newbery/Caldecott prediction posts.  I get ’em wrong far more often than I get ’em right but they’re fun and I enjoy doing them.  March 15th is normally the date of the Spring Prediction Edition, and as tradition states I’m supposed to show you how […]

Cover Reveal: Longburrow – Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Strong with the cover reveals is this one. Okay, so I’ve a new technique with these reveals. Covers are nice, absolutely. Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned book jacket straight from the designer’s table? But when you run a blog like this one you want to shake it up a little. After all, don’t […]

Review of the Day: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, ill. Emily Hughes

Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-3153-5 Ages 6-9 On shelves April 11th Only the jaded should write reviews of children’s books. Oh, it makes sense! Think about it. Children’s books are where the saccharine and overblown and overbearing go to die. Things that wouldn’t cut it […]

Video Sunday: Dedicated to Hadley and Fluffles

Hooray! It’s been an awfully long time but at long last Nathan Hale has a new Hazardous Tales story to tell.  #7 in the series will be a WWII tale about bombers called The Raid of No Return and it’s due out November 2017.  There is nothing I don’t like about this.  And best of […]

Cover Reveal: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

It may be a personal opinion but I’ll stand by it; Children’s books need more octopuses.  The reason is simple.  The octopus is a truly fascinating creature.  Now in 2017 a couple of my favorite illustrators have already tackled the octopus in all its tentacular glory.  David Wiesner, for example, has a picture book out […]

Hey, Baby, They’re Playing Our Song

The hazards of children’s librarianship are myriad. There is the papercut threat, liable to occur at any time without a moment’s notice.  There is the distinct possibility, every day, that a small child will vomit on you.  The odds may be slim but it’s still possible.  But greater than these, more likely than these, more […]

Announcing the 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Reveal

Folks, it is my very great pleasure today to present to you today with the Children’s Book Week Bookmarks of 2017. Featuring art from the illustrious pens and paints of Ekua Holmes, Yuyi Morales, LeUyen Pham, and Sonja Wimmer, you can thank Every Child a Reader (a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love […]

Cover Reveal: The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

You might be saying to yourself, “Old Betsy Bird is doing quite a few cover reveals these days — is she phoning it in?”  To which I would reply, “But today’s it’s the frigging sequel to Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot!!!  I was gonna say no to that? I’m not made of stone!”  Which isn’t […]

Cover Reveal: The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

You might be saying to yourself, “Old Betsy Bird is doing quite a few cover reveals these days — is she phoning it in?”  To which I would reply, “But today’s it’s the frigging sequel to Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot!!!  I was gonna say no to that? I’m not made of stone!”  Which isn’t […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Martina and Chrissie by Phil Bildner, ill. Brett Helquist

When I was a kid I didn’t know much about sports. I knew that the Tigers had won the World Series in ’84. I knew that there was a football player called “Refrigerator” and that sometimes football players took ballet classes (Mr. Rogers taught me that one).  And I knew who Martina Navratilova and Chris […]

Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, ill. Alyssa Bermudez

Lucia the Luchadora By Cynthia Leonor Garza Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez POW! Kids Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-57687-827-9 Ages 4-7 On shelves March 7th It was probably seven or so years ago. I was working as a children’s librarian in New York City. We were hosting a class of kids, first or second graders, and after […]

Cover Reveal: Now With Additional Animal Countdowns!

On occasion a publisher will ask me to do a cover reveal of a middle grade novel. They’ll also ask if I’m interested in doing a Q&A with the author and usually I’ll say nope. Not so much. Thanks anyway. But this time around I had an idea. Today we are premiering the book jacket […]

Some of the Funniest Picture Books of 2017

Like many of you I snuggled down the other day and watched the Oscar Award ceremony in the comfort of my own home.  I was happy.  I was disappointed.  I was amused.  I didn’t have, what you might call, particularly high expectations, so the results often pleased me.  Then we got to the end of […]

Review of the Day: One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

One Trick Pony By Nathan Hale Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-2128-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 14th Let us say, for the sake of argument, that you are a wonderfully successful author/artist of a New York Times bestselling graphic novel series about historical events. Hazardous historical events. Let us say that […]

Guest Post – Influencing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Afternoon, folks.  Amelia Hinn asked me to do a guest post today on creating leaders out of our kids today.  I hadn’t any objections so please be so good as to welcome her piece on leadership and children.   One of the challenges as an educator is the vast responsibility of molding the next generation. […]

Meeting a Need: Where to Find Books in Arabic for K-5th Graders

If your city is anything like mine, you may have been asked by the residents to increase the number of books in your collection written in Arabic.  Finding great reliable resources can be a bit tricky, however.  To this end I’d like to thank Katie Anderson, the MLS, Youth Services Consultant of Library Support and […]

Your Childhood Has Now Been Extended. Please Restart Your Computer to Complete the Installation

I’m 38 going on 39 and I’ve noticed something strange about pop culture.  As more members of my generation are placed in positions of power in the entertainment and publishing industry, cultural references to my childhood are becoming increasingly prevalent.  For example, I was sitting down with my kiddo to watch the LEGO Batman movie […]

Review of the Day: Grandfather and the Moon by Stéphanie Lapointe, ill. Rogé

Grandfather and the Moon (Originally titled Grand Pere et la Lune) By Stéphanie Lapointe Illustrated by Rogé Translated by Shelley Tanaka Groundwood Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-961-4 Ages: Your Call On shelves May 1st “Flummox” is a good word. Very descriptive. It sounds like it defines. Some people are flummoxed constantly. Others are stoic non-flummoxers. I’m […]