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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.

Why Does He Draw Like He’s Running Out of Time? R. Sikoryak Discusses Constitution Illustrated

Who can draw a mean imitation of Bone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Dog Man, and so many many more? Who harbors a deep-seated love of Muppet Babies? I interview R. Sikoryak about his latest, greatest, endeavor.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto, ill. Susan Guevara

When we consider classic Latinx picture books that would qualify as #ownvoices, only a few have been covered on this show. Today’s book seeks to add to the canon of children’s literature.

Saying Goodbye to Bank Street Bookstore

I say farewell to an old friend.

Excellent Black Lives Matter Picture Book Bios (Some Pre-BLM)

There have been Black picture book biographies coming out for years and years and years. Often their publishers either wouldn’t or couldn’t put the marketing dollars behind them that they so clearly deserved, and so these books would sink from view and be forgotten. Today, I want to revisit some of these books, just in case someone had a hankering to rediscover them.

Review of the Day: A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Gorgeously wrought and tenderly rendered, this feels like a labor of love that will snuggle itself deep into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Regardless of whether or not you even like cats, you will find much to admire and love (not necessarily in that order) in this gutsy little book.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Between its shiny Sydney Taylor Book Award on its cover and a storyline that has aged magnificently over the last 32 years, Kate and I discuss one of Patricia Polacco’s best known works.

Camp Candlewick: Get to Know Ghetto Cowboy

I never attended a real sleepaway camp as a kid. Truthfully? I didn’t really want to. But the end result was that I never had the experience of so many other teens of being a camp counselor. Well, that STOPS today! Meet your new counselor Ms. Bird. It’s all part of Camp Candlewick, an online […]

Two Birds on a Line: An Interview with James Bird and His New Book, The Brave

Today I sit down with James Bird (no relation) to talk about his latest middle grade novel, screenwriting vs. novels, and what he’s up to next.

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Naomi Klein Writes a Book for Kids

Naomi Klein has written a book for kids, so sit back and enjoy an excerpt from the book’s Introduction and a cover reveal to boot.

Review of the Day: A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese

It’s a mystery. It’s a game. It’s filled with puzzles and riddles and clues. It’s funny, and it’s deadly serious. Parts are evocative and parts are heartfelt and parts are completely unforgettable. Having a rough day/week/month/year? Cuddle up to this. Challenging enough to intrigue you. Enticing enough to keep you.

Video Premiere: The Making of Nerp

“Fancy monster foods inspired by 1950s recipes.” Today I share Sarah Lynne Reul’s new behind-the-scenes video on the complex creation of her latest picture book, Nerp!

Prance Through Your Days Like Randy the Badly Drawn Horse: A Q&A with T.L McBeth

What kind of confidence does it take to get through this cruel cold world? I interview T.L. McBeth about his newest character : An overly self-confident horsey.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Today Kate and I dig deep into a book that certainly contains the world’s most short-sighted escape plan. The Great Escape, this is not.

Cover Reveal & Interview – Leah Henderson’s Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched into History

Twenty-five groundbreaking protest movements in one book? You won’t be able to take a look at it until January of 2021. Fortunately I have author Leah Henderson on hand to answer some questions, and a cover of her latest book to reveal.

Review of the Day: See the Cat by David LaRochelle, ill. Mike Wohnoutka

You can hand today’s book to a kid learning to read, absolutely. Just be warned that their read may be punctuated with interjections of a highly voluble nature. In other words, this is laugh-out-loud funny.