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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.

Book Trailer Reveal: Eye Spy by Guillaume Duprat

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People are on to me. I seem to have given away the game. Looking at me you’d never know I harbor a sweet spot for Nonfiction, but my love goes down and deep. Now I know I just did a book trailer premier yesterday. I don’t want you to think I’m getting sloppy on you […]

Book Trailer Reveal: King Alice by Matthew Cordell

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Yesterday I produced my Fall Prediction listing of 2019 Caldecott and Newbery contenders. But what if one of those books wins the Caldecott or Newbery Award proper? You know what happens in these cases, don’t you? Either the poor winner is so overwhelmed by the question “What’s Next?” from a populace expecting brilliance that they […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: Fall Prediction Edition

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Yeah. I have no idea. I kid, I KID! Actually I don’t kid. This year is crazy, people! The books are all over the place. We’re seeing some shockingly strong Nonfiction contenders, and a plethora of good Caldecotts too. Yet, just like last year, the Newbery potential in the middle grade fiction is just okay. […]

Cover Reveal: Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark, ill. Katy Wu

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A show of hands. How many of you first heard of Hedy Lamarr by watching copious amounts of Blazing Saddles (where the villain Hedley Lamarr is constantly called Hedy Lamarr by accident)? No? Just me? In between that and confusing her with Dorothy Lamour I was a pretty confused kid when it came to all […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier

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I run a blog for my job at Evanston Public Library on the side. The way I tend to distinguish it from this site is that the blog is mostly concerned with adult titles and other library-related affairs. Well, recently I reprinted my favorite Ogden Nash poem of all time Don’t Cry, Darling. It’s Blood […]

Press Release Fun: The Eric Carle Museum Presents the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

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I can’t help it, folks. This is just too cool not to post.        Give Join Making Art FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Sandy Soderberg, Marketing Manager (413) 559-6315 sandys@carlemuseum.org The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Celebrates 50 Years of the Coretta Scott King Awards with Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott […]

Review of the Day: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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Louisiana’s Way Home By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-9463-0 $16.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2nd There once was a book called Raymie Nightingale. Not a big flashy book with glitter on the cover and fonts that look like escaped balloon animals. Just a quiet book set in the late 1970s in Florida, patiently […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Waiting for Chicken Smith by David Mackintosh

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The summer is dying. Every night the crickets sing. I haven’t had to turn the air conditioning on in my home for weeks and just yesterday morning my daughter begged me to consider increasing the heat (it was 65 degrees inside so . . . no). But summer isn’t quite done with us yet so […]

Saving Winslow: An Excerpt and Interview with Sharon Creech

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I’ve always taken a great interest in observing how publishers promote children’s books by longstanding, award-winning authors. Consider the case of Sharon Creech. Sure, she won the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and the Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler, but as any writer will tell you, true children’s […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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As surely as you must be saying, “Didn’t Kate and Betsy just do a Robert McCloskey book?” so too I answer you, “Yep,” and “Indubidably,” and “Is that how you spell that word?” and “No, actually it’s ‘Indubitably’ which just looks wrong but it’s true.” All this you must be saying, but the only point […]

Photos Tell the Story: Fictional Picture Books with Photographic Illustrations

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Years ago at NYPL I had the pleasure of hosting a panel, as part of my Children’s Literary Salon series, that I’d been looking forward to doing for years. Back in my college days I was convinced that I had a future as a photographer. That plan didn’t pan out (my technical skills with a […]

Writing So That Barriers Might Fall: Ellen Klages Discusses Out of Left Field

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It was in 2006 that I read the book Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages. Long before STEM was a common term and there was a national push for girls to embrace math and science, Klages told the story of two friends living in the very heart of the Manhattan Project. Two years later (after […]

Review of the Day: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

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Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories By Sergio Ruzzier Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-5288-2 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Have you ever sat down and looked at books meant to instruct children in the art of reading from the early 18th to 19th centuries? When Americans colonists first came around to the idea […]

Cover Reveal & Interview: Bob Shea Talks Up Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

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When I am a good little blogger, and I mind my Ps and Qs, and catch all my spelling errors, and rein in my less than charitable attitudes for at least a good four hours, then once in the while the Blogging Gods will smile down upon me and I will be granted a boon. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

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Fiiiiiiiiiish . . . An aquatic creature that has absolutely NOTHING to do with this week’s book! So first and foremost, I am happy to announce that we now have our very own Twitter and Instagram accounts for this podcast. Woot! So tune in on Twitter @fuse_kate or on Instagram at fuse8kate. As for the […]