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Caption Contest: What Is Betsy Thinking?

This photo was shot at the Social Media Institute hosted two weeks ago at National Louis University in partnership with the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books and SCBWI.  It shows me sitting between the illustrious Mike Lewis (he of the oddly fuzzy tie) and the incomparable Colby Sharp.


So the question before you is this: What am I thinking?

It’s a caption contest, folks.  Go!

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. It’s a blurred out microphone, btw. That’s not the caption. “When’s lunch?”

  2. Joseph Miller says:

    Besty: Ignore the fuzzy tie, ignore the fuzzy tie. I’m a professional. I can do this. Ignore the… why’s it fuzzy!?

  3. “Who are these people? What am I doing here? Never mind, Senior Moment.”

  4. “A place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you think there is such a place, Toto?”

  5. “I should buy a boat.”

    (yes, I know that’s from a popular internet meme, but it is a panel on social media)

  6. Victoria Stapleton says:

    Did I leave the oven on?

  7. Those curtains have pizzazz.

  8. “If I concentrate long enough, I’ll visualize the Newbery and Caldecott winners for the next 25 years. Then I make a few bets and my kids’ college funds are in the bank.”

  9. Hmm…probably shouldn’t have had that pepperoni for lunch. Stay cool; blame Sharp.

  10. Tracey Elrod says:

    The new Harry Potter book….is a play?

  11. “Is John Snow still alive?”