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We may be a little late with our posts this week . . . .

. . . . something came up.

Meet the newest baby Bird.  She’s 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and sweet as can be.  I expect to have her reciting The Wheels on the Bus within the week.

Thanks to everyone for yesterday’s kind wishes!

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. You know, I was just about to call it a day before I thought of you. Oooh, baby girl! Girlfriend’s got some hair! Beautiful. Congrats all around.

  2. I was just about to call it a day before I thought about you. She’s lovely! Girlfriend’s got some hair! Congrats all around.

  3. (Site is wonky. Sorry.)

  4. So beautiful . . . enjoy every moment Mama!

  5. Anne Ursu says

    Super congratulations, Betsy! Here is to the Baby Bird.

  6. Long time reader of your posts. De-lurked today to offer my congratulations!

  7. She’s beautiful! Congratulations on the baby Bird. 🙂

  8. Congratulations and welcome to Baby Bird!

  9. Aw…congrats to all of you!

  10. lisainberlin says

    I am so happy for you. You both look so peaceful in the picture.

  11. Ariel Zeitlin Cooke says

    Congratulations, Betsy! She’s GORGEOUS!

  12. Congratulations to you all! Welcome Baby Bird!

  13. Oh, hooray! She’s precious. Congratulations to you all!

  14. Congratulations to your entire family!!!

  15. Brian Kenney says

    Congratulations Betsy, what a beautiful picture!

  16. Félicitations! Elle est magnifique!

  17. Alyson Whatcott says


  18. Susan Miles says

    Congratulations, Betsy! She is darling! Happy days ahead for you all — at least once you all get to sleep through the night again! 🙂

  19. What a beautiful Baby Bird! Congratulations!

  20. Linda Urban says

    Congratulations! You both look swell!

  21. Congratulations! What a gorgeous little girl! And a glowing mom.

  22. Betsy, thank you for posting that beautiful, sweet photo. Hurray for you, Matt, and Baby Bird!

  23. You can TOTALLY do hair! She is adorable! Congratulations to you all.

  24. Anne Marie says

    Beautiful!!!! Congrats!

  25. Congratulations!!! There is nothing as amazing as bringing home your first baby.

  26. Oh my! What good news to wake up to this morning! Bravo, Birds!

  27. carolyn dooman says

    Your Little Bird is beautiful, Betsy. I was reading your blog before you got picked up by
    School Library Journal, and I think this is the first time I have responded to a comment. Congratulations to the whole family!

  28. The excuses people will come up with to avoid reviewing books! Well–this is waaaay better than “the dog ate my homework,” “my hard drive crashed,” or “I was stuck in traffic.” Lovely! And the hair is impressive indeed. 🙂

  29. Awwwwww… welcome Baby Bird! We won’t mind you stealing mommy’s time for a little while anyway!

  30. Oh, she’s darling. Lucky you with the whole grand adventure ahead of you! Congratulations to you both.

  31. Gorgeous picture. Enjoy your family time.

  32. Becky Gorek says

    Sincere congratulations!

  33. I love her already.

  34. How long am I allowed to gaze and grin at this darling photo before I become creepy? Because I’m having kind of a hard time stopping.


  35. She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  36. Congratulations!!!!!!!

  37. Sending you so much love. What a joy she will be to us all. Can’t wait to see more pictures, and hear about the books that she loves, loves, loves! Enjoy every moment.


  38. Congratulations to one and all

  39. Ooooooooooh! She’s sooooooo sweet!

    More pictures! More pictures!

    What a beautiful and precious baby! And you look incredibly fresh and beautiful. (I’m jealous of that part!)

    Congratulations, Betsy! Welcome to the world, Baby Bird!

    PS Do you have a copy of ARE YOU MY MOTHER? yet? Since it’s all about Baby Bird, it seems particularly appropriate. You are no Snort!

  40. A work of obvious genius. Congratulations!

  41. She is beautiful! Many congratulations!

  42. awww Congratulations – now the fun begins!

  43. What a beautiful picture! 9 lbs. 6 ounces! Holy cow! You didn’t look nearly pregnant enough to have that big of a baby. Congratulations! We put a little something for Baby Bird in the mail yesterday to help welcome her to the world.

  44. Chris in NY says

    Awww- oh the fun you’ll have. Congrats.

  45. aw, ravishing bebe. mazel tov to all!

  46. Seriously, one of the cutest newborn baby pictures I’ve ever seen. Congratulations!

  47. Sarah McClure says

    Happy wishes your way for you and Baby Bird.

  48. Lisa Montgomery says

    Congratulations! Yes, such a lovely photo—what a beautiful little girl! Wishing you and your family all the best. 🙂

  49. A beautiful, beautiful baby. Congratulations!

  50. Great news! Great picture! Congratulations!

  51. A beautiful photo of two lovely ladies who deserve all the congratulations in the world! So happy that the little Bird arrived safe and well.

  52. Hooray! Happy Reading.

  53. Congratulations–what a big girl! Enjoy your time away from the blog. We can wait.

  54. Wonderful and beautiful. Congratulations! Enjoy this incredible time.

  55. She’s gorgeous! Congratulations!

  56. Bill Wright says

    Many congratulations!!

  57. Hey look at this wonderful baby!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Betsy!

  58. Awwww…. So adorable. Congrats, Betsy! And take your time. You’ll need your sleep.

  59. I love this picture so much.

    Congratulations again!

  60. Karen Gray Ruelle says

    Beautiful! Happy Bird Day!

  61. Awww…words can’t describe the sheer adorableness of that photo…as my mother would say, what a “little bundle of joy”!

    And honestly Betsy, not that we won’t really miss you, but seriously…take a vacation! You more than deserve it after all these years of wonderful info and opinion.

    Congratulations once more!

  62. Congratulations on your future first grader!

  63. Although I’ve never met either one of you in person, as your reader I offer my warmest congratulations to you both, and deem you both lucky duckies!

  64. Jill Esbaum says

    Congratulations, Betsy! She’s beautiful!!!

  65. Congratulations! What a beautiful photo and so lucky to have a little girl!!!

  66. Beautiful. 🙂


  67. Awwwww. What a beautiful mommy and baby Bird! Congratulations!

  68. She’s absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to all of you! Welcome to the world, sweet baby Bird.

  69. Kathleen O'Meara says

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family. May she love the books you love.

  70. So beautiful! Congratulations! Welcome to the world, little Bird.

  71. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you. And that is going to be one well-read little Bird.

  72. You do hair exceptionally well–and baby girls too! She’s adorable. Congratulations!

  73. Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman says

    Congratulations!!! And after Wheels on the Bus comes Jamberry, and then Moo, Baa, La La La, and then… oh what fun you will have exploring the world with your new little baby Bird!

  74. Ann Schwab says

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl – and wishing your family much happiness!

  75. Frances on the beach says

    Beautiful! I’m so happy for the three of you!

  76. She’s gorgeous – congratulations and happy reading!

  77. Congratulations! The two of you look lovely…good luck with Wheels of the bus Little Bird. It’s a little challenging at first, but you’ll pick it up in no time with momma Bird’s help!

  78. Congratulations to you! Have fun reading!

  79. Els Kushner says

    wow! Congratulations! What a beautiful photo! Wishing you all much happiness and many sing-alongs.

  80. Oh, how beautiful you both are! Lots of love from Nathan and I to you and Matt and your little sweetheart.

  81. Heidi Plumb says

    Best tag ever. Congrats.

  82. David Ziegler says

    Beautiful! Congratulations! Happy you are both well. Take a bow and enjoy this time.

  83. Holy smokes, she is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!

  84. Congratulations, she’s cute as a button!

    and a big Welcome to the World, Little Bird!!!

  85. CONGRATULATIONS, Betsy!!!!!!! =D

  86. Denise Doyen says

    Wow, that hospital gown pattern and stiped baby blanket take me right back to the harrowing and then wonderful hours that were childbirth. Yea, Betsy!

    Congratulations on your lovely Bird Bird.

  87. Will Strait says

    Just want to throw my best wishes out there as well. Congrats!

  88. Congratulations Betsy!!! Hooray for the Bird Family!!

  89. Clarissa says

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  90. Too too wonderful!
    You are both beautiful.
    And how about a cheer for the man holding the camera.
    Yay for your entire family.

  91. Oh my goodness. This is the loveliest news and the most precious picture. Congratulations, Betsy!!!

  92. annette simon says

    Now the fun begins. Congrats!

  93. Wonderful! Enjoy these precious moments!

  94. Congratulations! I remember that little hospital blanket from when my kids were born. Despite all the toys we gave him that little hospital blanket is still my son’s favorite bedtime cozy – he’s 6.
    Enjoy the days! They pass so quickly.

  95. Oh! How exciting! Congratulations! Must get that baby bird in the mail…