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New Podcast Alert: Mine!

It’s a little kooky to say, but as strange as it may sound I’ve jumped back into the podcast biz.  Years ago I created a little personal project in NYC that was fun but exhausting!  Today, I am pleased to announce that there’s a new children’s literature podcast in town.  Called Fuse 8 n’ Kate, it stars me and my sister Kate.  Here’s a description of what the show consists of:

Two sisters, one in L.A. and one in NYC, both move to the Chicago area and start a podcast. The premise? Picture books and are they really that great? Join Kate and Fuse 8 (Betsy Bird) as they track down a picture book “classic” each episode and try to determine if it deserves to remain in the canon of children’s literature.

In creating the show I wanted to provide an alternative to the many wonderful interview-based children’s literature podcasts out there.  Kate and I will probably never interview anyone.  We’ll just talk about your favorite (and not so favorite) books instead. For our starter episode, we’re jumping right in with a thorough consideration of Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent.  Does it deserve to be called a classic?  Find out!

HAPPY UPDATE: We are now live on iTunes. If you’ve any interest, just look me up there either through Fuse 8 n’ Kate or my own name (Betsy Bird).

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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. Travis Jonker says:

    This is wonderful to hear! Great idea for a show. I’ll be listening!

  2. when I first scrolled down and saw that picture I thought, “wow! Betsy got a funky, cool new hair do!” LOL I am a children’s librarian and am an avid follower of all things Betsy Bird. I’ll be sure to catch this one too!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Kate would do well to become a YA librarian with her hair, definitely. I am happy to be the old one in our relationship. Thanks for listening! I’m going to try to get it on iTunes tonight.

  3. Y’all are awesome. I can’t wait to listen.

  4. Looking forward to listening! Also, let us know when you get it up on Itunes. Your old podcast is still listed, but when you try to download an episode, it says it’s not available. 🙁

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Oh yeah. That old nugget. I’ll see if I can get that one taken down. Don’t worry, it wasn’t really worth listening to either (except for the theme song which is done by the same guy). I’ve successfully submitted to iTunes so if they approve it should be up soon. We’ve already recorded the second episode. WE ARE DOING THIS THING!!

  5. Elisabeth says:

    Please put it on Stitcher too! Very excited to hear this!

  6. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    What a great idea! I’ll be checking this out.