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Buttocks — Fiction

Full credit (or blame, depending on how you look at it) goes to MK Eagle and Gretchen Kolderup on this one.  It’s a pretty simple post.  Hardly worth mentioning . . . except that at heart I think we’re all 10-year-olds.  And it’s completely librarian related, so I don’t even know if you’ll be as amused as we were but . . .

Did you know that there’s a subject heading that’s “Buttocks — Fiction” for children’s literature?

That’s right.  A whole subject heading list.  When Eagle and Kolderup discovered it they realized that you could easily create a “Buttbook buttlist”.  Or you could play a rousing game of “Guess the book!”.  Here are some of the headings for the titles we were looking at:

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.26.05 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.26.27 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.26.41 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.27.16 PMThat last one there has a lot of hints in it.  Pretty easy to guess, when it comes right down to it.

By the way, by writing this post I am undoubtedly guaranteeing that I’m going to meet my untimely end before I have a chance to write another one.  People will be trying to say supportive things about me and my life and when they turn in somber thought to my blog THIS will be the post that greets them.

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. Anonymous says:

    There is also Marilyn Singer’s superb BOTTOMS UP, a non-fiction survey of animals’ buttocks. It drew my attention to the fact that most animals sit on their haunches, not having proper rear ends. (Bears are exceptions, one of the reasons why bears seem so uncannily human in human eyes.) Any librarian who’s looking for a good read-aloud about adaptation should give it a whirl. There are a few giggles in it, but not so many that the audience loses control.

  2. #1: Tushy Book
    #3: Always lots of heines at the Zoo

    I thought I knew #2 but when I checked it’s subject links the list also included:
    Buttocks — Fiction
    Anatomy — Fiction.
    Animals — Fiction
    Stories in rhyme.

    And another: (This one is shelved in 590)
    English language — Alphabet

    This one oddly didn’t have the tag:
    Chickens — Fiction.
    Stories in rhyme.
    Humorous fiction.

  3. I’m proud to be #1 in something. Go, Tushy Book!

  4. “Untimely end“? Really?

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I’m going to just pretend I meant to do that on purpose. No one’s going to believe me for half a second, but I’m still going for it!