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Name This Boy Band

At approximately 9:22 EST on Friday, July 27th I sent the following Tweet to the interwebs:

These are the kinds of serious thoughts that course through my brain on a given morning.  I might hear a One Direction song (yes, I’m a 34-year-old mother, what of it?) and think “That song could be a lot better if it just had some children’s authors involved.”

So I tweeted.  And to my infinite joy the tweets blossomed and bloomed to the point where we now have a serious task before us, people.  Namely, name this boy band.

The members would include Tom Angleberger (the shy one), Mac Barnett (the dreamy one – evidence here), Michael Buckley (the big brother), Tony DiTerlizzi (the one who understands you), Jarrett Krosoczka (the street smart one), and Dan Santat (the goofy one <— Jarrett’s suggestion).

Names that have been bandied about include (but are not limited to): D-Zine, Vizual Literacy, Reluctant Readerz, 32Pagez (my personal favorite), The Endpaperz, The Krosoczka Effect, the Origami Lunch Ladies and their Sidekick Dan, The Spine Tinglers, Cloth Overboardz, The Flappet Jacks (but only if it’s a jam band).  Surely there are more named to be had here.  Let’s have a redo of the time I asked you for good roller derby names.  Boy band names . . . GO!

After all, where were you the last time you heard the pop hits:

  • U Don’t Need a Newbery (To Know I Luv U) – Suggested by T.S. Ferguson
  • Rad Bladz
  • Advance Praise
  • Blurb Me – All three suggested by Alison Fargis
  • OH NO! I did it again – Suggested by Mike Boldt
  • Edit Me Badd – Suggested by Cece Bell

These would all be from the album “Wordz+Picturez” (as suggested by Jarrett).

And yes, I’ll talk about the opening ceremonies at the Olympics yesterday soon.  I just need to process it is all.  So many Mary Poppins . . . . so many . . . .

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. Jeannie B. says

    The Gutter-Tones. And I claim helping Jarrett with the choreography. Throw in some classic Motown moves. Splits, anyone?

  2. The Ramonas

  3. Jeannie B. says

    Sans Serif.

  4. Jeannie B. says

    The Stets. But I think Paul has already won with the Ramonas.

  5. Tom Angleberger says

    Cal D’Cott and the New Berries

    … If we go doo-wop.

    By the way I’ve seen both Buckley and Santat perform. They can bring it.

  6. I think Name this Boy Band would be a good name. Why mess with perfection? (Although I like Tom’s suggestion….decisions are hard.)

  7. A.R.C. (Awesome Rhythm Crew)

  8. Jarrett, Tom and Mac will all be at the Decatur Book Fest over Labor Day weekend…..seems like a great opportunity for a concert……..

  9. Somewhere Jarrett has footage of me singing an Eddie Money song. Its not good. You soon understand why my efforts are best spent entertaining youngin’s with words and pictures and stuff…

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Tony, I know that’s supposed to deter me in some way. It has not. In point of fact it has only increased my desire to see some Eddie Money DiTerlizzi action. I didn’t even know I wanted to see that until now. Nothing else will do.

  10. Mr. Angleberger is lying. He saw me run out of breath getting only 1:30 in to Paradise City. I now have some respect for Axl Rose

  11. Matt Tavares says

    I’ve got one: Deceptively Simple

  12. Tony is right, I DO have footage (somewhere) of him singing “Take Me Home Tonight”. However, there may be footage out there of me winning a dance-off at the Eric Carle gala (aback when the galas were at the museum.) Likewise, I can karaoke Ice, Ice Baby WITHOUT looking at the monitor.

    I love all of the ideas, given what kind of band we would all become. Ramonas for sure if it’s a punk band. That’s just brilliant. As is the Flappet Jacks )if banjos and 20 minute riffs are involved.) I’m still partial to 32Pagez.

  13. Jeannie B. says

    Check with Diane at Little Shop of Stories. You know she’ll get you a pool.