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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.

Chicken? Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thi Bui’s New Multigenerational Collaboration

Today, we discuss a very different kind of collaboration. One that not only involves Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and Caldecott honoree Thi Bui, but also Viet’s son Ellison and Thi’s son Hien. Because when it comes to creating books, sometimes making something new is truly a family affair.

Betsy Doesn’t Have Time for Your Nostalgia Today

Over the years I’ve heard lots of adults make comments about the tawdry state of children’s books today. So allow me now to address these concerns. What, I ask, makes you think children’s books today don’t cut it?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

In memory of the great Mr. Gerstein we decided to do his best-known, most classicy classic title. Of course, by doing this title, it means that for the first time, in all of our history, we are doing a nonfiction picture book. Not a bad way to start out, eh? Have no fear, we’ll be getting to the spooky Halloween fare soon enough, but first I wanted to pay an homage to one of children’s literature’s greats.

Review of the Day: This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Don’t be surprised then if you detect a note of longing in the eyes of the kids that read this book. Thick with adventure, chock full of awe and beauty, this is what they mean when they say comics are an art unto themselves. The finest of the fine. Questing done right.

Cover Reveal & Interview: The Amelia Six by Kristin Gray

Today we’re revealing Kristin L. Gray’s upcoming middle grade novel THE AMELIA SIX. But before we get to all that, let’s talk a bit to Kristin herself about the book, speedcubing, Amelia Earhart’s work with Syrian immigrants, and the difficulty level of writing middle grade mysteries (of which we never have enough).

Press Release Fun: SCBWI’s Annual Literacy Initiative

The members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators join forces once again as part of the organization’s 3rd Annual SCBWI Books For Readers book drive and literacy event to collect, curate, and donate new books created by its members to one of its two 2019 recipients: the Madison Reading Project  in Madison, WI. (The other is REACH in Portsmouth, […]

Teddies: A Daniel Kraus Interview and Reveal

An upcoming series described as “Toy Story” meets “Lord of the Flies”? All right. Color me intrigued. I talk with Daniel Kraus about his intriguing new series.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

How do you type with hooves? Would this book today involve the cows texting? Who’s buying from the underground milk market? How do you strap a typewriter to a duck? Kate and I are just full of questions with today’s book.

Review of the Day: The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus

You know why you haven’t heard more people talking about this book? Because nobody knows how to sell it. Well, sorry folks, but the secret is out now. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read for kids, and maybe the best school rated children’s novel I’ve encountered period. This, right here, is the book of our times.

Americans Never Enter International Awards: Introducing the Nami Concours

I have discovered the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours or just Nami Concours for short. In 2013 an international biannual picture book award was begun on this island and it, “seeks to encourage artistic creativity and advance the quality of picture book illustrations worldwide.” So where are all the American submissions?

Odd Pairings of 2019 Children’s Books

My head is spinning. I can’t help but draw connections between all the 2019 books I’ve seen so far. Here are some of the wackier pairings.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

We have a good good rule here at Fuse 8 n’ Kate. My sister and I do not judge any picture book that younger than 20 years of age. And with today’s episode, I broke that rule. Can you blame me?

Press Release Fun: Amazing, Adept, Appealing Alphabet Books Exhibition at the Grolier Club

Your greatest abecedarian wishes are about to come true. The Grolier Club of NYC is hosting a free exhibit of a personal collection of alphabet books through the centuries. There are even free lunchtime tours! Here are the details.

Hello, Neighbor. Matthew Cordell Brings the Life of Mr. Rogers to Life


Tomorrow (Saturday) it will be National Good Neighbor Day. To celebrate, USA Today is revealing the cover of Matthew’s May 2020 release Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mr. Rogers. Pretty spiffy, but why am I bring it up? Because I have something nifty up my sleeves as well. I have interior spreads.

Breaking the Wall of Narrow Nationalism: A Talk with Etienne Delessert

Last year I posted a piece on his Swiss foundation, Les Maîtres de l’Imaginaire. It only made sense to check in with the man a year later to get a new perspective on how things have changed and progressed. For those of you with an eye to international imports, consider this your morning reading.