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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.

Exclusive Deleted Scene: Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated

Undefeated

This past Sunday you might have seen a review in the New York Times for Steve Sheinkin’s latest book Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.  In the event that it piqued your interest, you were familiar with the Radiolab episode on the same subject, or you simply like Steve Sheinkin (or […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

AmiableBigTeeth

It’s that time again!  Because my day job actually consists of buying adult books, not children’s, I am privy to a whole different slant on how children’s literature is perceived by the wider publishing world.  What assumptions do adult authors make of our profession?  How do books for children affect the cultural conversation?  I don’t […]

Review of the Day: Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett, ill. Poly Bernatene

princeribbit

Prince Ribbit By Jonathan Emmett Illustrated by Poly Bernatene Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-761-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves March 1, 2017 There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about . . . well, the news. Specifically fake news. Articles and stories that look real when you find them in your in-box or […]

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2016

northandosjourney

Not too long ago I created the 31 Days, 31 Lists series where I counted down a list of top 2016 books every day.  When I initially came up with the idea I briefly wondered if I should make lists celebrating specific kinds of diversity.  Top African-American Picture Books of 2016 or Best Diverse Titles.  […]

Warning: Construction (2017 Books) Ahead

mightymighty

A girl could go quite mad. This is what happens when a blogger has a two-year-old with a penchant for vehicular momentum.  I blame his obsession on the fact that the house next door was leveled and a new one put in its place.  Suddenly my son had a front row seat for the excavator […]

Book Trailer Premier: Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel

greenpants

Video Sunday bounces back with a beautiful book trailer.  But first, a little book trailer 101. When making a book trailer for your third picture book (in this particular case Mr. Kenneth Kraegel was the understated soul behind King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson and The Song of Delphine) you have to consider what kind of […]

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

lauren-wolk

When I look at the wide swath of books published each and every year it’s a marvel to me that any new children’s book authors are able to claw their way out of the pack to distinguish themselves at all.  Consider adult author Lauren Wolk.  In 2016 her debut children’s book Wolf Hollow became one […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2017: Final Prediction Edition

InquisitorsTale

Normally published in December, now pushed up to January for your reading pleasure.  But I’m shaking things up this time around.  Let’s do something a little different. In all my past Final Prediction Editions of Newbery/Caldecott winners, I cling stubbornly to the same format: name the predicted winner and honors.  This year I’m going a […]

(like you really need another list from me) 100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2016!

LeaveMeAlone

It has been a crazy December.  So just in brief then, here are 100 of the books that showed up on my 31 Days, 31 Lists series that I personally enjoyed the most.  I do this list each year as a kind of personal bookkeeping.  Go about your business.  We’ll be back to our regularly […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 31 – The Best Picture Books of 2016

allaboardbobo

And that, as they say, is that.  A noble experiment runs its natural course.  For those of you who followed along every day, I thank you.  It’s been a thrill, an exhausting exhausting thrill, to bring you a different list of great 2016 books every day in December.  Now we find ourselves on the cusp […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 30 – Wonderful 2016 Children’s Novels

furthermore

No excuses!  These are just the books that I read in 2016 that I thought knocked it out of the park.  These aren’t the “best of the year”.  These are just the books that were particularly good and that somehow crossed my radar.  I read a lot more than what you’ll see here, but I […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 29 – 2016 Reprinted Children’s Novels

goldenkey

Back on December 9th I wrote a piece on those reprinted picture books I was happiest to encounter in 2016.  Now I’ll say a word or two about the reprinted novels of this year.  Naturally, if you look at the output from the publisher New York Review Books you’ll find a lovely array of titles.  […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 28 – 2016 Great Nonfiction Chapter Books for Kids

celebrationbeatrix

I peer into the darkness and at long last I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We’re almost there!  Almost at the end of this month’s 31 Days, 31 Lists challenge.  I’m certainly delighted, not least because I’ve managed to keep it up so far (knocking on wood now as hard as […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 27 – 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books

growingpeace

It’s finally come!  The list is nearing its end.  So it is with great delight that I present to you some of the last of the lists.  Today’s is particularly long, celebrating what I consider to be some of the best books of 2016. Since so many of them have shown up on my other […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 26 – 2016 Unique Biographies for Kids

ticktock

During the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Colloquium Carol Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes spoke together about the art of writing about other people.  During the speech they mentioned how part of their job is to break down “the canonical boundaries of biography.”  Too often kids read the same biographies about the same people over and […]