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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.

Chance: Escape From the Holocaust – An Excerpt of the Latest Book by Uri Shulevitz

Today I offer a brief glimpse of the latest book by 1969 Caldecott Award winner Uri Shulevitz.

Nerd Culture, Fandom, and the Middle Grader: An Interview with Sam Maggs

Why should I interview Sam Maggs about her latest book? I dunno. Maybe because nerd culture, now so prevalent, still needs its champions. Particularly those folks that can speak to representation and gender equality. A talk.

Review of the Day: Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

May casual cruelties fall by the wayside in the presence of such books as this ione. May our children find it and love it and read it repeatedly. And may we see more such books from Ann Clare LeZotte and authors like her, that put work and care into the very folds of their stories.

The Default in Our Stars: A Guest Post by Linda Sue Park

What perpetuates the White Default in children’s book reviews? Linda Sue Park examines what it means when review journals say they’ll only mention ethnicity, “when race is a factor” in a title.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: George Shrinks by William Joyce

Hope you like your kids short, your cats cruel, and your teddy bears creepy, because we’re going all in on Bill Joyce’s best known book today.

Edi Campbell – The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

Edi Campbell breaks down the beauty and necessity of The Talk, edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson.

Edi Campbell: Two Reviews

Toni Morrison once said that literary discourse should transform “from the racial object to the racial subject; from the described and imagined to the describers and imaginers; from the serving to the served.” Today Edi Campbell critiques beyond literary devices and provides a review based in critical literary analysis.

Edi Campbell – Author Interview: Kim Johnson

Today Edi interviews University of Oregon’s Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and author of the debut YA novel THIS IS MY AMERICA, which Nic Stone called “incredible and searing.”

Edi Campbell: Pass the Hope

Disrupting children’s books. Resisting oppression on the page. Teaching kids to be better than we are. Edith Campbell begins her series of guest posts.

#passthemic: Edith Campbell Takes Over A Fuse #8 Production for the Week

I am pleased to announce that this week you’re going to hear an entirely different voice here at the blog A Fuse #8 Production. In the spirit of #passthemic, where white people give over their platforms to people that deserve a wider audience, I am giving over full reign of this site to Edith Campbell.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Under normal circumstances I won’t consider a children’s book for this podcast unless that title is less than 20 years old. But since I made that rule in the first place, I guess I’m the one who gets to break it. And today’s book is, in its blood, a rule breaker.

Recommended Science Videos and the Reluctant Homeschool Teacher

Perhaps you have found yourself thinking, “What I really wish I could find is a series of wonderful science programs for kids that they can watch for a little while.” Well, I located three modern alternatives that have led to some pretty great conversations (and home science experiments) and I want to share them with you today.

Review of the Day: When You Look Up by Decur

A picture book and a graphic novel and an early chapter book and a bedtime story all rolled into one impossible-to-define package. I’m not even kidding when I say that When You Look Up by Decur gives you a deep and abiding faith in 21st century storytelling. Now if only I could figure out where to shelve it…

Our Favorite Day of the Year: A Talk with Iranian Illustrator Rahele Jomepour Bell

Intrigued by Rahele Jomepour Bell’s style, I interview her about the book Our Favorite Day of the Year and learn a bit more about what precisely is going on in the world of publishing both here and overseas.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

In honor of Pride this month, I figured it would be a good idea to check out one of the first big-time LGBTQIA+ picture books published in America. Who knew this would be such a fruitful book to explore?