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  • My little sister Kate (who has taken it upon herself to become the best friend a picture book author ever had) created this little video of my recent appearance at the Bookbug bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I’ll be doing a proper write-up of that day (two words: smoke machine) but for now here’s a taste of what you might see if you headed on over to the WORD Bookstore this Sunday at 1:30.  I may even show up this time.  Bonus!
  • By the way, my fantastically talented illustrator Brandon Dorman just wrote a piece for the Greenwillow blog that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the early and preliminary images he created for Giant Dance Party.  Like process?  Like art?  This post’s for you.

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  • Aw heck.  It’s just that kind of day.  Planning on coming to BEA?  Then check out the autographing roster.  Then figure out when I’m signing and come keep me company.  My nightmare is that they put me next to someone like Mo Willems and I stare at an empty sea of nothingness while he manages thousands of rabid fans.  Maybe the seating will be alphabetical.  That would be okay.  Just no Willems, dear god, no Willems.
  • Now let’s keep it within the family.  You may know that the remarkable children’s book editor Cheryl Klein has a regular podcast with her squeeze James Monohan.  For those who would seek it out it’s called The Narrative Breakdown.  Well my own squeeze, Matt Bird (he of the smart-as-a-whip blog Cockeyed Caravan) is on their latest episode.  The topic?  The Power of Irony.  You’re going to have to check it out, I’m afraid.  It’s your required listening of the day.
  • You have seen children’s fan letters before.  You may also have read my recap of what happened when Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen, and Neil Gaiman all shared a stage together at Bank Street.  But you have NOT seen the honest-to-goodness hilarious (there is no other way to describe them) “fan” letters sent to the attendees.  Gold, guys.  These things are gold.  My favorite is the one that shows two stick figures, and one of them is reclining and eating what is clearly a shiny red apple.  Thanks to Allie Bruce for the link!
  • It was with a heavy heart that I learned about the recent death of Gregory Rogers, author illustrator, and Australia’s first Kate Greenaway Medal winner (for Way Home by Libby Hathorn). Of course my favorite books of his were The Boy, the Bear, the Baron and the Bard and Midsummer Knight.  I only met him briefly when he was in New York, but he was a charming fellow.  Godspeed.
  • Mentioning to you a Kickstarter campaign to promote a library podcast that has already reaching its primary funding goals sounds a bit odd, but I have my reasons.  You see, one of the rewards on offer is a piece of commissioned artwork by Tom Angleberger, the author of the Origami Yoda series.  Tell me you wouldn’t want a piece of that!
  • Daily Image:

Not much more to say about this next one except that it combines two of my favorite things: robots and librarians.  Now THERE’s a picture book idea.

Now someone go get me a pair of her shoes.

Culled from the Flavorwire post 25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome.

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. Aww. If only BEA was still occasionally held in DC….I would totally ask you to sign our library copies. I’m sure it will be great.

  2. Oh, wow – what an immensely fun book dance party! I love the stunned looks on some of the faces – the kids are like, “We’re allowed to dance? Right… now?” (Some of the parents likely have that look as well.) I’m betting this spawns some bedtime home dance parties, which is all to the good.

    Fan letters!!!!! Good times.