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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: It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! by Sebastian Meschenmoser


It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! By Sebastian Meschenmoser Translated by David Henry Wilson NorthSouth Books ISBN: 978-0-7358-4310-3 $18.95 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. There is an old joke here in America regarding the Germans and their sense of humor. Mainly, that they haven’t got one. I’ve heard everything from Patton Oswalt routines to old commercials that […]

Building a Better Bundo: The History of Picture Books, Politics, and Wiggly Noses


Like most of my information, I heard about Bundo via an oblique tweet that raised more questions than it answered. Then came the press release from Chronicle Books. It read: “Chronicle Books and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver present A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ―― 100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2019: Spring Prediction Edition


Happy decade-of-me-doing-this-weird-thing-I-do! That’s right, folks! I’m pleased as punch to announce that as of right now I’ve been making grossly incorrect predictions of the Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Youth Media Awards for a good solid decade. That’s a decade I’ll never get back, by the way. Worth it. As per usual, let’s round-up how […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


One of the rare instances where the laptop stopped recording us right before the end of our podcast. The important thing is that we were able to fully discuss the book. The sad thing is that we lost our Letters and our Grown-Up Things We Like. Ah well. Next week then. This particular week we […]

Video Sunday: Wenzelian

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A Video Sunday!! How long has it been? Too darn long, that’s what I say. And as it just so happens, we’ve a veritable plethora of goodies for you!  So I think I’ll start with the official announcement of the very first Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards. I chaired the Children’s category this year, so […]

Review of the Day – Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin


Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing By Nancy Churnin Illustrated by James Rey Sanchez Creston Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-939547-44-6 Ages 4-9 On shelves May 1st Patriotism is subjective. Until recently I might have thought myself somewhat immune to its charms. I like my country quite a lot, but I’ve a low-tolerance for […]

Insufficient Nostalgia Milking, or, Why The Three Investigators Aren’t Voltron


A couple weeks ago I was asked to interview screenwriter and podcaster John August at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago. John has a new middle grade fantasy series coming out called Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire which is basically Boy Scouts plus magic. It’s not half bad, actually. Since John is best […]

Transcript: A Discussion of Little Black Sambo in Three Different Books


A hearing impaired reader of my blog recently pointed out to me that at this point in time we produce no transcripts of my podcast. She wondered if one might be made available from our Little Black Sambo episode. Kate then took the time to type up the entire discussion. After that I went through […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman


Today marks a first. A first time that I have discovered that I’ve been mispronouncing the title of a popular children’s book for years and years and years. You might ask yourself, “How the heck do you mispronounce P.D. Eastman’s most classic book?” It’s all in the punctuation. In fact, I doubt anyone has ever […]

Guest Post: Happy Birthday Lore Segal! Ellen Handler Spitz Celebrates the Return of “Tell Me a Mitzi”


Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz is back! Today’s guest post celebrates a picture book classic, now back in print after decades of disappearance. Dr. Spitz puts the book in the context of not just its times but the canon of children’s literature itself. It’s too marvelous not to share widely. Consider it your required reading of […]

Review of the Day: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis


The Journey of Little Charlie By Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-15666-0 For ages 9 and up On shelves now I don’t know Christopher Paul Curtis personally, but if I had to harbor a guess I’d say he’s the type of author that doesn’t like to make things too easy for himself. That’s […]

The Honest Toddler Gets a Book of Her Own (sorta) – An Interview with Bunmi Laditan


I don’t actually do interviews. I don’t! Honest! I tend to turn them down when asked, even when I adore the book. Then I read this: If the author’s name doesn’t sound familiar, how about “Honest Toddler“? Any of you out there follow that feed? If you have, are planning to have, or have already […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Pierre by Maurice Sendak


After delving so deeply into problematic picture books in February, Kate and I deserve a bit of a rest. And what, I ask, could be more restful than carnivorous animals devouring small boys? Particularly when said lions are the product of the inimitable and never imitated Maurice Sendak. This marks Sendak’s third appearance on the […]

Fusenews: O my cabbage stalks, I must leave you behind!


It’s been a while! You can tell when I’ve been flush with content because my Fusenews posts become a bit less frequent. But here we go. I’m back, and I just have so MUCH to tell you! Where to start, where to start . . . . I know! Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite subject. […]

Review of the Day: Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss


Grace for Gus By Harry Bliss Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-264410-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. What are the long term benefits of reviewing children’s books on the internet over an extended amount of time? The detriments? Of the benefits I can give only the standard “Maybe I get […]