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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.

Press Release Fun: Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Now Accepting Submissions

Hi folks! This is a call for submission for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards brought to you by Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom.    Comics and graphic novels are taking a leading role in driving the circulation of libraries, and students are reading them from pre-K through higher education, in every learning environment […]

Cover Reveal: Quiet by Tomie dePaola

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Before we get to today’s reveal, let me share something about my own background. Though not a Quaker myself, I attended a small Quaker college during my undergraduate years. While there I made many Quaker friends and came to appreciate the particular kind of mindfulness that comes when you attend a Quaker service. There, you […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2018: Final Prediction Edition

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I was all prepped to begin today by saying that the entire reason I’m doing this post in January is because the ALA Youth Media Awards are slated to go live in February this year . . . but then I looked at last year’s Final Prediction Edition and saw that it was posted on […]

Cover Reveal: Ekua Holmes Book Jacket for The Stuff of Stars

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There comes a time when agreeing to post the occasional book jacket on your blog pays off huge dividends. Not monetarily, of course, but from the perspective of quality. When I was asked if I’d have any objection to premiering the cover of the latest Marion Dane Bauer book with art but none other than […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

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Over the last few podcasts I’ve introduced Kate to a great many “classic” picture books. But what about cult classic picture books? Don’t they deserve love as well? When I decided to initiate Kate in the ways of The Lonely Doll, I wasn’t entirely certain how she would act. Would she take to it like […]

Fusenews: Blue Oxen, Irish Accents, and an Iron Curtain Oz

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Science Alert, people. New Study Shows It Does Matter Which Books You Read to Your Baby: Not all stories are equal when it comes to development. Naturally I read that and immediately wanted a listing of books that were good for babies. It’s not that kind of article (dang) thought it does namecheck those old […]

Review of the Day: Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye By Brian Selznick and David Serlin Illustrated by Brian Selznick Scholastic Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-338-18061-9 Ages 3 and up On shelves February 27th Brian Selznick. Honey. We’ve got to talk. Now look, it was all well and good when you started getting a little crazy and shaking up notions of what […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Joseph Bruchac!

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Steve’s back, baby. And what an auspicious day it is. Today Steve Sheinkin’s new early chapter book series “Time Twisters” kicks off with Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler and Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean. That feeling that’s dancing about in your soul right now? That’s you. Wanting to read these. More than your kids. Yep. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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This is one of those cases where the weather determined the subject of this week’s podcast. And there are few picture books out there snowier than this old Keats classic. Easily considered one of the Top 5 picture books in the nation in terms of fame and popularity, Kate had nevertheless not really even heard […]

Video Sunday: “My hero, my mentor, and my friend in my head”

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Video Sunday is back, baby! After our extended month-long hiatus it’s time to stretch the old video muscles and get back in play. Now I don’t know about you, but this first video excites me considerably because it features an illustrator (and sometimes author) that I have never had the chance to see speak in […]

Review of the Day: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9045-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves May 22nd When you walk into another person’s home, there’s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience as a visual […]

The Lost Reviews 2017: Books and Their Hooks

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Julie Danielson calls it her Ghost File, and that’s as good a name as any for the books a blogger fails to talk up sufficiently in the previous year. 2017 was a pretty nice year for me personally, all things considered, so I’d like to pay it forward a bit and offer an homage to […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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Happy New Year! It’s another edition of Fuse 8 n’ Kate which, at this rate, may be soon renamed The Random Facts About Koalas Show. So why this book today? My logic here is that since the Time Person of the Year of 2017 was #MeToo I should come up with a classic children’s book […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty-One – 2017 Picture Books

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And just like that . . . *poof!* It’s gone! Not gone, exactly. The 31 Days, 31 Lists series may indeed continue next year. Just so long as the books or my eyesight holds out. In the meantime, it’s been a blast, guys. I appreciate that not a single one of you pointed out to […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty – 2017 Middle Grade Novels

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Not a particularly complete list, or a very long one. Yet for 2017 these were the books that left a lasting impression on my little noggin. I read ’em. I liked ’em, every last one. I think they’re the bee’s knees. And I hope you like them too. Fiction for the masses! 2017 Middle Grade […]