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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.

Review of the Day: How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? by Laura Overdeck

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How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions By Laura Overdeck Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-07229-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Geez. How I ended up in this position I’ll never know. Me. A born and bred liberal arts major. The kind […]

The Artful Book Display: Getting It Right

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The other day I posted my most popular tweet of all time. I didn’t really mean to but, as with most things on the internet, it’s never the tweet or the post that is most important to you that catches on like wildfire. In this particular case I was at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville to […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

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It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, ill. John Parra

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Every generation gets the Frida Kahlo picture book biography it deserves.  Now at some point here I’m going to write an article about why some female figures get picture books biographies while others do not, and what trends in the greater pop culture landscape control these choices.  Happily, I am of the opinion that the […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

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Sometimes in the course of running through the classics Kate and I are in danger of looking at books for kids with too clinical an eye. For example, I might easily forget that Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman is, at its core, a very sad little book. Fortunately Kate’s there to remind me, […]

Review of the Day: Patina by Jason Reynolds

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Patina By Jason Reynolds Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1481450188 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 29th You cannot be a children’s librarian or an adult children’s book reviewer if you do not constantly remind yourself that you have to read outside your comfort zone on a regular basis. Our current […]

What Color Is the Past? History, Diversity, and Books for Kids

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The headline caught my eye. In the Guardian it read Mary Beard abused on Twitter over Roman Britain’s ethnic diversity. Subtitle, “Classicist says her assertion that there was at least some diversity under Roman rule led to ‘torrent of aggressive insults’.” Apparently the BBC recently released a video for schools in which a high-ranking Roman […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

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In this week’s podcast it took me what I consider a bloody long time to realize that all our previous picture books had one glaring thing in common.  They were all by white people. And sure, we talked about misappropriation with Tikki Tikki Tembo and flirted with diversity with Heather Has Two Mommies, but that […]

Cover Reveal: Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman, ill. Eliza Wheeler

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Fake news.  It’s not exactly new. From the moment humanity created the idea of news they also saw the vast potential that comes with “tweaking” it, shall we say.  As librarians one of our jobs is to help turn out children into savvy skeptics. You can understand then why I’m always on the watch for […]

Who Killed Louis Slobodkin [‘s Art]? The Case of the Caldecott Award Poster

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This is pretty much as low-tech as a mystery can go. More than anything else it’s a celebration of the fact that I’m not actually losing my mind. Half a year ago I got the chance to help moderate this really cool Mock Caldecott program that one of my librarians set up with the kids […]

Review of the Day: What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston, ill. Tim Mack

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What’s My Superpower? By Aviaq Johnston Illustrated by Tim Mack Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-140-9 Ages 4-7 On shelves August 4th I credit Booger Beard. I will explain. While many children’s librarians will tell you that they have strived to make their book collections diverse and inclusive, they have always been hampered by what was […]

Book Trailer Premiere: How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green

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There are book trailer premieres and then there are book trailer premieres. When Tundra Books asked if I might be interested in premiering the trailer for Rebecca Green’s simply adorable How to Make Friends With a Ghost, I thought it might be fun. Still, you know what’s even more fun that a trailer premiere? A […]

Cover Reveal: The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet

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Last year I went a little bit gaga over a book that I truly thought was a standout. And while Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet didn’t get any of the Newbery love I so craved for it, my admiration for Ms. Nesbet’s work is, was, and ever more shall be through the roof.  Fast […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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We recorded this week’s podcast during Shark Week. What better way to celebrate than to read the shiniest fishy in the sea. This week we experimented with putting me in the left ear and Kate in the right. Is this a good way of handling the problem of our similar voices or deeply annoying to […]

Fusenews: Posthuman Pooh

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Today on the Fusenews we begin with a mystery. Help me out here, gentle readers, I need your crowdsourced wisdom to solve a query for the ages. Every week I get my new copy of Publishers Weekly and settle down during my lunch break to read it cover to cover. It is one of my […]