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April 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.

World Book Night and a Proper Celebration of the Day of Shakespeare’s Birth

World Book Night and a Proper Celebration of the Day of Shakespeare’s Birth

In terms of folks who share my birthday today, it’s a mixed bag.  On the one hand I got Shakespeare.  So . . . y’know.  That’s nice.  By the same token 4/23 was the reported date of the death of Cervantes.  On the other hand, I share my birthday with President James Buchanan.  Oog.  But [...]

Press Release Fun: The Paddle8 Victory Academy Auction of Children’s Book Art

Press Release Fun: The Paddle8 Victory Academy Auction of Children’s Book Art

I don’t always blog the auctions I see online, but sometimes the cause is good and the timing is right.  Recently the right good honorable LeUyen Pham emailed me about an auction of children’s book art that sounds, in a word, fan-freaking-tastic.  Said she: Fellow illustrator and artist-who’s-work-i-totally-love CARSON ELLIS has put together an online [...]

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the [...]

Press Release Fun: The Snow Queen joins the New York Musical Theatre Festival

Press Release Fun: The Snow Queen joins the New York Musical Theatre Festival

You know when you make a friend who works in a different field than you and then, in time, your mutual interests come together?  Years ago my friend Katie married a talented composer by the name of Haddon Kime.  Haddon was kind enough to create the opening music of my short lived podcast and then [...]

Fusenews: Not seething with envy. It’s more of a percolation process.

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“So what’s the talk of the town these days? Well the relative brouhaha came about at the end of last week when ReedPOP announced a panel of ‘the world’s biggest children’s authors’ in the field.” Happy National Library Week.

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

I’m so pleased with this next Salon that I’m fit to burst.  Somehow I managed to wrangle THREE of our best children’s literary podcasters into one place at one time.  If I were a person prone to the term “squee” I would apply it here, now. New York Public Library is pleased to announce our [...]

Review of the Day: Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Boys of Blur By N.D. Wilson Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-449-81673-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I like a kid’s book with ambition. It’s all well and good to write one about magic candy shops or goofy uncles or simpering unicorns or what have you. The world is big and [...]

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

So I was listening to an episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour the other day.  If you happen to unfamiliar with the show it’s just your basic pop culture based podcast where they dissect the trends and news of the day so you don’t have to.  In a recent episode called ‘Captain America’ And The [...]

Review of the Day: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-63912-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 29th When I was a young teen my favorite book was Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Steeped in Bradbury’s nostalgia for his youth, I was in the throes of adolescence, probably on [...]

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

The latest roundup by Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production.

Review of the Day: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Review of the Day: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Grandfather Gandhi Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus Illustrated by Evan Turk Atheneum (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-2365-X Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Are you familiar with the concept of booktalking? It’s a technique librarians developed to get people interested in books they might otherwise not pick up. The whole concept is [...]

Book Trailer Premiere: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka

Book Trailer Premiere: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka

Well, I am pleased to announce today’s Book Trailer Premiere, particularly since it is unlike every other book trailer I’ve ever put up.  Credit that to the subject matter, really.  Chris Raschka is one of those rare author/illustrators that can get away with presenting the hard subjects, particularly when it comes to jazz legends.  Didn’t [...]

Rhyming Picture Book Month: An Interview with Bad Bye / Good Bye’s Deborah Underwood

Rhyming Picture Book Month: An Interview with Bad Bye / Good Bye’s Deborah Underwood

A real post that has nothing to do with videos on a Sunday?  Am I out of my friggin’ gourd?  Maybe so, but today is a special occasion.  You see, today, I am pleased to announce that I helped write something . . . on another person’s blog.  Admittedly I don’t usually do that sort [...]

Press Release Fun: The 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture!

Press Release Fun: The 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture!

Yet another reason why we all should live in Minneapolis. I ain’t kidding, actually. Man, I wish I could go to this. Rejoice the Legacy!    What: 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture When: Saturday, May 3, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:00 p.m. with reception and book signing following Where: Willey Hall, West Bank, [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall 2014)

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall 2014)

This is it! We’ve officially begun!  Here is, without a doubt, the very first Librarian Preview of the Fall 2014 season.  I’m so thrilled to be presenting it in its full unaltered glory.  Chronicle Books, that plucky little Californian publisher, has really made a name for itself in the past few years.  And now, with [...]

On Beyond Haiku: New Forms for Poetry Month

New Forms for Poetry Month: Shake Things Up a Bit

Back in 2011 I wrote a post called Poetry Month Ideas: Try Something a Little Different (note the conspicuous disappearance of ALL the images from said post and sigh along with me).  Well, time has passed but my quest to find new and interesting ways to teach poetry, aside from the standard set of haikus [...]

Press Release Fun: Author Morph App from TeachingBooks.net

Press Release Fun: Author Morph App from TeachingBooks.net

Innovative apps are difficult constructs to come up with, particularly when you feel like everything’s already been done.  That’s why I was so intrigued by the Author Morph app.  Now we have one that combines the convenience of an immediate learning experience with what can only be described as an author/illustrator’s worst freakin’ nightmare. Here’s [...]

Review of the Day: Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

Curiosity By Gary Blackwood Dial (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3924-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 10th Blackwood’s back, baby! And not a minute too soon. Back in 1998, the author released The Shakespeare Stealer which would soon thereafter become his best-known work. A clever blending of historical fiction and adventure, [...]

Video Sunday: Football players, grateful artists, and tambourine players galore

Video Sunday: Football players, grateful artists, and tambourine players galore

Time to up the bar. Years ago N.D. Wilson made what has to be the most ambitious book trailer created by an author I ever did see (it was for The Ashtown Burials and if you missed it you can watch it here and see what I mean). Now, after copious Florida research trips where [...]

iPad Use and Babies: Throwing a Wrench in the Works

iPad Use and Babies: Throwing a Wrench in the Works

I think we all uttered a collective scream as one when news of this particular Fisher Price toy came to our attention this holiday season past: It’s called the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat and out of curiosity I wondered if it was still on the market.  Indeed it is, and the comments on Amazon make for [...]