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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.

Walking and Talking with . . . Cece Bell

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It’s always a glorious day when there’s a new Walking and Talking to present. Today Steve Sheinkin has an in-depth discussion with Cece Bell. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the status of El Deafo 2 might be, now’s your chance to find out. Don’t forget to catch up with the whole series! Walking […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #45-41

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The other night I saw the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the life and work of Mr. Rogers. So much of the film discusses the emotional life and development of small children and I was continually struck by the fact that while I understand that the focus was on television and televised entertainment, […]

Video Premiere: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

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Last month I found myself overwhelmed. Overwhelmed, that is, with an incredible desire to review a book a full four months before its publication date. This is not an unheard of action on my part, but I do try to avoid talking up books too far in advance of their releases. Sometimes, though, when the […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #50-46

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Now that we’ve crested the fifty-mark, I’m going to slow things down a spell and start counting down by fives. Keep your eyes open wide, folks. These next few books are doozies:   #50 – Jamberry by Bruce Degen (1995) The legacy of Bruce Degen can be nicely sliced into two distinct categories. On the […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

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This week we decided that scatological was the way to go. And so, we are pleased to announce that this is honestly the first Nonfiction picture book we’ve done on the show. Thinking about it, this may well be the most famous Nonfiction picture book in America. I’d be interested in hearing your alternative suggestions. […]

Review of the Day: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25252-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th A good book, whether it’s written for a nine-year-old, a nineteen-year-old, or a ninety-year-old can tilt your perspective, if only momentarily. Consider the concept of the “happy ending” and what it’s supposed to resemble. […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #60-51

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I don’t like to pick favorites but the ten books featured on the list today might well be my favorite board book run of this series. I mean, where else are you going to find animals of the Native Northwest, imports, picture book adaptations, high contrast titles, and books with removable components? The list:   […]

Cover Reveal: No More Poems by Rhett Miller, ill. Dan Santat

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I have a lot of “things” that I particularly like. Nonfiction that doesn’t contain fake dialogue. Translated children’s books from overseas. Comics. Math. I guess Poetry could fall into that category as well. Works of children’s poetry are always of interest to me, and it seems like this year there’s a whole slew of them […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #70-61

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It’s getting down to the wire, but we’ve still a ways to go until the Top 20. Today’s listing of contenders has a certain level of sophistication at work. New names appear on the list, like Lane Smith and Marla Frazee, while others solidify their status (Boynton, Katz, Oxenbury, etc.). The oldest book on today’s […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack, ill. Kurt Wiese

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Hope you like Kathleen Turner, because in this long delayed episode I’m clearly doing my best rendition of her. Apologies for the gap in the episodes. Fortunately, we’re back in style. This week we discuss a book that has a complicated history. It would be easier if this were a more straightforward case of racism. […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #80-71

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The overriding theme of today’s release of the Top 100 Board Books Poll results is currency. So many of the books on today’s list were published for the first time in the last five or so years). I myself have seen a distinct uptick during that time of quality (as well as quantity). Read your […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

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Let me tell you a little something about reveals. They slot neatly into two categories: Cover Reveals and Book Trailer Reveals. Now Cover Reveals are pretty doggone easy. You just say you’ll show the book jacket of a book, even though you have the sneaking suspicion that somebody on Netgalley or edelweiss has probably already […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #90-81

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The poll results continue. Yesterday we got off to a slambang start with a whole host of worthy titles. How will the next round stand up in comparison? See for yourself: #90 – Elephants Spray by Rebecca Glaser (2016)   “Another title where I wish I could vote for the entire series! I love the […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #100-91

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Did you think I had forgotten? Fear not, lovely readers! The time has come to start the newest countdown! What books did you all vote on in our online poll? The results begin today. To recap, in the past I’ve conducted polls of Top 100 Picture Books and Top 100 Children’s Novels. This year SLJ […]

Love that Book, Loathe that Cover

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As we all know, critical interpretations of book jackets are entirely subjective. What I might like, you might find appalling. What I abhor, you might find sweet. That said, is there any feeling in the world quite as frustrating as reading a marvelous middle grade novel, only to discover that the book jacket doesn’t do […]