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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.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Fairytales, Folktales, and Religious Tales

One of my favorite lists! Original and traditional tales for everyone to enjoy.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Translated Picture Books

So. Many. Translations!!! Here is a list of those titles I saw this year that I just thought were super. You probably won’t see most of them winning the major awards. You probably won’t even see most of them on the end of the year “Best of” lists. Even so, they’re stellar and they deserve our love.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Children’s Books with Fabulous Photography

You’ll find in this list that I have a fairly broad definition of what constitutes “photography”. By my thinking, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Getty Image or Nonfiction or Photoshopped or of models and silhouettes. If the book relies on the art of photography in any manner, it has a home on today’s list.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Books With a Message

here are, as it happens, a couple really good books with strong messages out each and every year. The trick is finding the best books with the right message. Consider the following books then.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Bilingual & Spanish Books for Kids

On 31 Days, 31 Lists I always include a day of celebration for “bilingual books”. What do I mean by that? Well, either these are books that were originally in English and were translated to another language, or they feature both English and another language in their text. Now enjoy a list of books that are pretty much entirely Spanish, with one notable exception

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Math Books for Kids

In 2019, these were the math books that really made me sing. Whether you’re dealing with shapes or number lines, it’s all on display right here.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Unfortunately by Remy Charlip

Fortunately, I got Kate to read my favorite Remy Charlip book. Unfortunately, she had a take on it that I was not expecting. Take a deep dive into a book that defies logic repeatedly.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Picture Book Reprints

Nothing worse than seeing your pet favorite picture book disappear into the mists of time. Of course, every once in a while they get resurrected in some form. Today we celebrate the books that crawled their way back onto bookstore and library shelves in 2019. The few. The brave. The worthy.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Caldenotts

Every publisher that dares to bring into this world a book that either originated in another country or was illustrated by a person who is not a citizen of The United States of America knows, in their heart of hearts, that no matter how grand the book, it will never win the top award for […]

31 Days, 31 Books: 2019 Funny Picture Books

Judging a picture book based on humor alone really comes down to the sense of humor of the reader. On that note, let me state clearly that the books you’ll see here were just the ones that highly amused ME this year.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Rhyming Picture Books

The reason I celebrate rhyming picture books on lists like today’s is that they have a tough road to hoe. Scansion alone sinks many a vessel. Today, we raise a glass to the books that pull it off and pull it off well. The few. The proud. The successfully rhymed.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Picture Book Readalouds

The other day I had the unique pleasure of promoting some of my favorite 2019 books of the year with a room full of librarians. As in any kind of promotion, you tailor your talk to the needs and wants of your listeners. And what do librarians need at any and all times? Readalouds! Now […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

An array of holidays! We’ve got some Thanksgiving, some Valentine’s Day, some Halloween, and even a collection of different Jewish holidays all together. Some are books that were intended for a certain holiday. Others will simply fit in well when you do your holiday displays.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

Remember, only some picture books truly work well when adapted to a board book format. I also like to include on this list those books that have been out-of-print for a while and have come back. Enjoy!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, ill. Maurice Sendak

Before I discussed this book with Kate I actually Googled, “A Kiss for Little Bear weird” and found nothing. As such, let THIS be the first online article or posting to declare this book to be downright peculiar.