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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.

Meeting a Need: Where to Find Books in Arabic for K-5th Graders

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If your city is anything like mine, you may have been asked by the residents to increase the number of books in your collection written in Arabic.  Finding great reliable resources can be a bit tricky, however.  To this end I’d like to thank Katie Anderson, the MLS, Youth Services Consultant of Library Support and […]

Your Childhood Has Now Been Extended. Please Restart Your Computer to Complete the Installation

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I’m 38 going on 39 and I’ve noticed something strange about pop culture.  As more members of my generation are placed in positions of power in the entertainment and publishing industry, cultural references to my childhood are becoming increasingly prevalent.  For example, I was sitting down with my kiddo to watch the LEGO Batman movie […]

Review of the Day: Grandfather and the Moon by Stéphanie Lapointe, ill. Rogé

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Grandfather and the Moon (Originally titled Grand Pere et la Lune) By Stéphanie Lapointe Illustrated by Rogé Translated by Shelley Tanaka Groundwood Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-961-4 Ages: Your Call On shelves May 1st “Flummox” is a good word. Very descriptive. It sounds like it defines. Some people are flummoxed constantly. Others are stoic non-flummoxers. I’m […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Rebecca Stead!

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There is much to love in this latest edition to the Steve Sheinkin “Walking and Talking” oeuvre.  Since today’s guest is Newbery Award winning author Rebecca Stead there are insights into her process.  There is careful consideration of the act of writing, and what you chose to tell or not tell.  And, most important of […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature

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By Day: Betsy is a mild-mannered Collection Development Manager, purchasing adult titles, and ONLY adult titles, for her extremely literary suburban library system. But By Night: Betsy transforms into FUSE #8, blogging about all aspects of children’s literature.  And that includes adult literature . . . when it happens to mention children’s literature in some […]

Fusenews: Don’t Go Breaking My, Don’t Go Breaking My . . .

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  It has been QUITE a while since I’ve done one of these Fusenews (Fusenewses? Fusenewsi? What’s the plural?)! Honestly, I’m not sure if they’re as pertinent anymore as they used to be. What with PW Children’s Bookshelf, and Twitter, and Facebook, and The Niblings, getting your children’s literary news has come quite […]

The Series of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: A Netflix Consideration

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I suppose that’s the thing with a streaming series these days.  Either you’re the kind of person who jumps on board immediately or you’re the type who waits it out, gives it some time to breathe (and garner reviews) and then you dip a toe or two in.  Though Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events […]

Press Release Fun: Get Thee to Symphony Space! On the Double.

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Apparently NYC is covered in snow at the moment. I had to go onto Facebook to confirm this since it seemed so unlikely, but there it is. The Big Apple all in white.  This got me thinking about things that happen in NYC, like Symphony Space and the fact that their stellar children’s literature book […]

Review of the Day: The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, ill. Eugene Yelchin

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The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! By Carmen Agra Deedy Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-72288-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Allegorical tales are not supposed to make you giggle. They’re steeped in seriousness. Rooted in meaning. Awash in heartfelt feelings that are meant to make you think deeply about the state […]

Children’s Books Vs. The Nazis

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If the days following the 2016 election have taught us anything it is this: Children’s authors don’t like Nazis.  In fact, they kind of hate them.  A lot.  But let’s not think of this as a new trend or anything.  As it happens a LOT of children’s authors out there have hated Nazis for a […]

Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

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When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style – Part Two!

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In 2012 I wrote a piece for this blog entitled Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style.  In it, I wrote the following: Here at New York Public Library you might think that the branches are filled to brimming with the art of local authors and illustrators.  While it may be true that we […]

Steam Trains and Fire Poles: Outdated Tropes in Picture Books

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I’m sure you heard the news. After more than 100 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have closed. Their final performances will be in May of this year due to declining ticket sales. Now I’m sure that there are small time circus operations out there in the world, but for a lot of places […]

Review of the Day: The Secret Project by Jonah Winter, ill. Jeanette Winter

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The Secret Project By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Jeanette Winter Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-6913-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves February 7th Writing history for kids used to be a simple affair. I remember from my own youth the deadly dull books that somehow seemed to always […]

Video Sunday: Sure hope you like music . . .

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The news, man. It’s overwhelming. I look on my Facebook and my Twitter and it’s all I can see. The days when I could stroll along in blissful ignorance are long gone. This past week was particularly bad so . . . let’s watch Chance the Rapper sing the Arthur theme song with Ziggy Marley, […]