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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.

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: Now Extra Jolty!

Today we consider the books written for adults that have some sort of link, however tangential, to children’s literature.

Review of the Day: Too Small Tola by Atinuke, ill. Onyinye Iwu

In the new chapter book series Too Small Tola, Atinuke has turned her book into a small masterpiece. Read these books, ye other mighty authors, and despair.

Choosing Brave: Emmett Till’s Mother Has Her Own Book – An Interview

I discuss an upcoming Fall 2022 book about the mother of Emmett Till with its author, Angela Joy, and illustrator, Janelle Washington.

Stowaway With Me: A Talk With Author John David Anderson

“I think what science-fiction does better than any genre is provide a sneaky, backdoor, often allegorical—or at least metaphorical—approach to commenting on the concerns of the present day.” We’re talking with John David Anderson today about his latest title: Stowaway!

You Are Officially in Weird Kid Territory: A Greg van Eekhout Interview

“If you can have zombies or aliens or robots in a story, why wouldn’t you?” We’re talking with Greg van Eekhout today about science fiction, his latest book, and the mortification of uncontrollable shape shifting. You know. Middle school.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes, ill. Floyd Cooper

With the recent death of Floyd Cooper, we consider the “classic” status of one of his best. Added Bonus: Nikki Grimes!

Cover Reveal: Climb On by Baptiste Paul, ill. Jacqueline Alcántara

Tt is my supreme delight to introduce the latest book from power picture book duo Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara.

Review of the Day: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

Smart fairytailing that’s tonally on point? More of this, please.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood

We try another Audrey & Don Wood title above and beyond King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. It’s a cumulative tale that has continued to remain in print for the last 37 years.

In Memorium: Floyd Cooper

“Our young will live in better times together in acceptance of the way things really are if we give them the truth. But we must teach them truth in ways they can comprehend. There is no greater gift than truth.” – Floyd Cooper

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Brendan Kiely’s THE OTHER TALK

Today I reveal the cover of Brendan Kiely’s (ALL-AMERICAN BOYS) new book THE OTHER TALK and include the beginning for you to read yourself. Enjoy!

Press Release Fun: The 7th Annual Picture Book Summit, 2021

The lineup for the 7th annual Picture Book Summit, the world’s largest online picture book writing conference, has been announced. The event will stream globally on Saturday, October 2.

African Town: A Cover Reveal and Interview with Charles Waters and Irene Latham

Today we discuss Africa Town, a book about the last slave ship to come to the American shores and how the legacy of that ship is embodied in African Town, a community that still exists to this day and was founded by former slaves after the Civil War.

Kill Your Darlings: A Sangu Mandanna Interview About Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

Girls. With swords. Slaying the gods they created. What could be better? I interview Sangu Mandanna about her new middle grade heroine.

Flowers Are Pretty…Weird! A Talk with Rosemary Mosco About Those Flowers You Wouldn’t Invite to a Dinner Party

Not content to muck with people’s perceptions of butterflies, Rosemary Mosco returns to discuss her latest book and why venus flytraps didn’t make the cut.