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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.

The Big Bath House Interview: A Book For “body-loving parents, rebel reviewers and vanguard author-librarians”

“The overall feeling is just one of communal joy and familial tending, which feels particularly powerful and poignant in the wake of the past year of anti-Asian violence. We need more stories of Asian female joy.” Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang discuss their remarkable, upcoming The Big Bath House.

Bringing Unsung Heroes to Light: Talking about The People’s Painter with Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk

Today I talk shop about one of the latest, and most beautiful picture book biographies you would ever have the chance to see with its creators.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown

We all know that Arthur’s nose shrank significantly since his 1976 debut. We dive into the original book and then discuss all its strangeness and semi-psychedelic origins.

It’s Heeeeeere . . The Poultrygeist Trailer Premiere

Is it already the Halloween season? It is not, and yet here we are considering the latest Pete Oswald/Eric Geron picture book, Poultrygeist. And why not? Roadkill doesn’t take a holiday, after all.

Review of the Day: Opposites Abstract by Mo Willems

No elephants. No piggies. No pigeons. And yet there’s something about this abstracted concept book to lure me into reviewing it. I haven’t reviewed Mo in 14 years. See why I’ve come around.

The Podcast/Book Hybrid: Diving Into the Story Seeds Imagination Lab Activity Book

Looking for a summer reading giveaway or something to give you programming ideas? One of my podcasts may have a solution.

The Rare Live Interview: Anastasia Higginbotham & I Talk “What You Don’t Know”

A transcript of my discussion with Anastasia Higginbotham about her latest book What You Don’t Know: A Story of a Liberated Childhood. Alert: May contain Billy Porter.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Hope you like math and shiny things, because today’s book has both. We consider Demi and whether or not her book attains “classic” status.

Prescient: Why the Netflix Version of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Trump-Era Time Capsule

My family is currently watching the Netflix adaptation of the famous series. But does it have more to say to kids who lived under Trump than we suspect?

Review of the Day: Sylvie by Sylvie Kantorovitz

Early 70s France never looked so good. A new middle grade graphic memoir comes to us. A perfect new addition to every bookshelf looking for something familiar and odd all at once.

Pawcasso! An Exclusive Excerpt of the New Graphic Novel by Remy Lai

Today I premiere an 11-page excerpt of Remy Lai’s new middle grade graphic novel, Pawcasso!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

How about we consider a book with positive portrayals of Asian-American families on our podcast for a change? I snag Grace Lin’s first picture book and we talk soup, seeds, and greedy neighbors.

Cats and Dogs . . . Together? Talking with Elisha Cooper About the Sublime Yes & No

Picture books, puppies, and preternaturally attractive cats. It’s interview time with Elisha Cooper about his latest title Yes & No. Hope you like pets!

Review of the Day: Root Magic by Eden Royce

A smartly plotted dip into the Gullah-Geechee culture of early 60s rural South Carolina, this book weaves family, history, and spooky stuff together like a braid.

What We Need in Here Are Some Comics! A Brief 2021 Round-Up

Whether you want nanobots in your lemonade, secret agent cats, ghostly detectives, memoirs, or pirates, there’s something for everyone in this year’s crop of stellar comics for kids.