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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Ho Ho Ho! You know the rest.

busterbrown_33_smilinedsantaclausland_01Every year I steadily collect holiday-related blog postings, storing them up until Christmas.  Some are great.  Some are so-so.  But all are wonderfully topical.  Enjoy!

  • Back in April Gregory K. had something called 30 Poets / 30 Days, wherein he asked various poets to submit original pieces for each day.  Adam Rex did one called The Flight Before Christmas and I remembered it all this time just so that I could link to it here today.  Heck, I’ll even pair it to this link to his Smekday Christmas card.  Have a very Rexy Xmas.

Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

  • Panicking because it’s Christmas Day and there’s still one last gift you need to find?  Look no further.  Voila.


Crime scene scarf.  Who wouldn’t want one?  Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.

  • I greatly enjoyed this recent SLJ piece where various authors reminisced about holidays long past.  Great writing one and all.

  • Peter at Collecting Children’s Books had an entirely unique Christmas story of his own up this week, which I found rather touching.  That’s the nice thing about Christmas stories.  There’s always room for a new one.

  • I hope Mo Willems won’t mind too much if I steal and place this sketch of his here.  The title is "Drawn from memory".


Who’s memory, he does not say.

  • Adorableness break.  Babymouse & Co. wish you a happy holiday:

  • Finally, almost apropos of nothing at all and entirely off-topic, a photograph turned message that only works if you see it full-size.  You can do so here.  Thanks to Ken Levine for the link.
About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. JMyersbook says:

    WOW! For a 43-year-old cartoon/commercial, that has really aged gracefully! Simple is good, and simple with a twist is even better. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Most of my christmas holidays are spent in my bed with books.For last three years i am following this pattern. order books from and relish my holidays.

  3. Carl in Charlotte says:

    I remember seeing that commercial on TV! Can you imagine anything so minimalist being shown now?

  4. George Edward Staney says:

    Oh, wow, Elizabeth! Thanks for this wonderful trip down Memory Lane! Fantastic!

    I know my NIGHT FIRES isn’t included in your list in a different blog about which book to review but thanks so much for your very kind earlier comments about it when you talked about the Simon & Schuster’s summer titles – and I’m happy to report that CHILDREN LITERATURE, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and KIRKUS have all given it very good reviews. Happy New Year!

  5. You too, George! Sorry I didn’t get to include Night Fires. Someone convinced me it was teen, so I never got around to it. Glad to hear it got stellar reviews!