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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.


  1. “Inspired, or more accurately horrified, by the New York Public Library’s report of the demise of the picture book”

    I think you mean the New York Times?! 😉

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Eek! New York Times, yes! Oh man. That’s a flub of a flubbish nature. So glad you caught that.

  2. Sorry-hit send too soon. This is a great post!

  3. Bridget Heos says

    Thanks for the mention of Save Everything! (and the Picture Book,) Betsy! I’m with you on Spider-Man–for kids, I like that Peter Parker is still in high school, and I think it’s brilliantly written. Too bad about the musical! Also, Lizzy’s picture is so cute–it could be on a library “Read” poster.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Betsy! I love Simms’s work so much.

    And I agree that the Aussie cover of When You Reach Me is the best. Baffled by the change to script on the Brit cover — to me it’s less attractive AND harder to read!

  5. Thanks for the mention, Betsy. I love Simms Taback, too. Are you familiar with Too Much Noise, by Ann McGovern, that he illustrated? Such a fun read-aloud book, and a good candidate for one of your videos.

  6. Nice to see some love for “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” – that chapter had such an impact on me when I was a kid.

  7. Thanks for reading, Betsy. Looking back, I wish I wasn’t so snarky. If I hope to change educator opinion, I’m realizing it needs to be more judgement free.

    Going through that experience with a student brought back a lot of emotion. My experience with school skewed my own vision of reading and hate to see it happen to others.