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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.

LATINITAS by Juliet Menéndez: A Deep Dive Into Heroes Past and Present

40 influential Latinas are presented in this magnificent hand-painted book. Hear about the sheer amounts of research Juliet Menéndez engaged in and learn something new.

Review of the Day: Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Julia Iredale

This is a book positioned to impress, that then sneaks over and steals your heart. Hermes would be proud.

Wisdom of Trees: An Interview and Video Reveal for the Latest from Lita Judge

Hope you like trees because today you’re getting a bird’s eye view. Author Lita Judge answers my questions and reveals a video for her latest dendrophile accomplishment.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Suzuki Beane by Sandra Scoppettone, ill. Louise Fitzhugh

On this most auspicious day in which the Newbery and Caldecott winners are announced (amongst many other fine and wonderful awards), I thought it might be a nice change of pace to do a cult classic.

Review of the Day: Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, ill. Stephanie Yue

Created by the crackerjack team of Venable and Yue, this daring duo introduces the world to small, furry New York City superheroes and the catsitter that gets caught up in the action.

Newbery/Caldecott 2021: Final Prediction Edition

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards are almost upon us. What will win? It’s the final prediction edition!

Interrogating the Passover Guest: A Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin Interview

“I’m proud that we dealt with the darkness of the Depression head-on in this book; I just wish it felt less timely.” A frank discussion of Passover, a beautiful children’s book, and the state of the world today.

Just Try It: An Interview with Mara Rockliff

“At the risk of sounding basic, I don’t think it’s possible to overrate the mango.” I interview Mara Rockliff about her latest picture book biography and we end up talking fruit!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, ill. Anita Jeram

There is a certain type of picture book that can be best described as a Love It or Loathe It title. Today we tackle one of those very books.

Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found: An Interview with Three Authors at Once!

Today we talk with Harold Hayes, Craig S. Phillips, and Theo Gangi about street magic, historical figures, and their upcoming fantasy novel for kids Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found.

Review of the Day: Escape at 10,000 Feet by Tom Sullivan

From what I can tell, this title is going to make a lot of kids into fans of exciting works of history. That is, if they can wrench this book away from their grown-ups. Because if there’s one thing I know, an enticing unsolved mystery is good but a fantastically rendered unsolved mystery is irresistible.

Stand Aside, Summer Reading. Winter Reading Takes the Stage

Summer Reading seems far away now. Why not shake things up with a Winter Reading program instead? Four students conjured up a program for you, and are allowing me to post it today. Take a gander and get some ideas!

Gary Paulsen: Videos, Conversations, and a Brand New Book

Tonight I talk with Gary Paulsen live. Before that, listen to him talk about his latest book, Gone to the Woods.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2021 Caldecott Contenders

We discuss potential Caldecott winners on the podcast. I love all three of these books down to the cold cockles of my shriveled little heart. I seriously believe that each one of these books has a very good chance at some kind of Caldecott love in 2021.

Review of the Day: The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

Here we have animals and hats and mysterious goings on. Read it cover to cover and you’re just swept up in a book that cultivates a singular sense of comic timing and tone policing that never falters or strays. It is, in fact, Klassen’s best book to date. Period.