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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.

A Giant Interview with T.A. Barron (see what I did there?)

“Certainly, definitely, absolutely!” T.A. Barron joins us today to discuss the latest in his Merlin saga, GIANT!

I Eat Poop. Now That I Have Your Attention, an Interview…

How do you walk a fine line with a picture book story about a dung beetle? Mark Pett delves into the decisions and choices he made with his latest book I EAT POOP.

There’s Room for Everyone In This Interview with Naaz Khan

Yesterday the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast talked about the upcoming picture book ROOM FOR EVERYONE. Today, I have an interview with the author.

Baby Changing Station: An Interview with Dan Santat and Rhett Miller

You last saw rock star Rhett Miller when he paired with Dan on No More Poems! Now they’re back together on a new 2022 title that involves quite the Faustian deal.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Witch Next Door by Norman Bridwell

Alas for Kate, we are doing a THIRD witch and broom-related picture book in a row. I’m in a witch rut! I can only do witches!!

Review of the Day: Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters selected by Dan Sasuweh Jones (Ponca Nation), ill. Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva Nation)

Got a fear of living dolls, skin-sucking babies, or otters? Don’t worry. You will now.

Nothing a Few Chickens Can’t Fix: Adam Rex and Adam Rubin on Gladys the Magic Chicken

Everything you want to know (and more!) about chickens and prognostication. Two picture book legends join together to give us one of the silliest new books on record.

Of Equity and Engines: The Bob McKinnon Interview That Could

What does The Little Engine That Could have to do with current conversations with children about equity? The latest book by Bob McKinnon provides that answer. Meanwhile I’m just happy that this interview lets me reference the Quad City DJ’s.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

“If this really is the ghost of the broom, I hope it hacks the men to pieces!” We’re discussing another Chris Van Allsburg Halloween title and this one has a real creep factor AND heart as well.

Review of the Day: Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown

Today we look at a book about choice. Children’s choices and the choices adults make when faced with their own kids’ curiosity about their bodies and the clothing that goes onto it. I review Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown.

Free Will and Destiny in Middle Grade Fiction: A Talk With Karla Arenas Valenti of Lotería

Let’s talk free will and destiny! I am beyond delighted to be hosting author Karla Arenas Valenti today, creator of the lovely new middle grade novel Lotería!

Cover Reveal & Interview: ARMADILLO ANTICS by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson w/Art by Nathalie Beauvois

Today I am pleased to announce that we are providing exclusive interview/first look/cover reveal for ARMADILLO ANTICS, by Michael Sampson, illustrated by Argentinian artist Nathalie Beauvois.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler

This week’s choice of book for the Halloween season has appeared year after year on the Bestseller Lists here in America. Never read it? Never fear!

Review of the Day: Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Chunky doesn’t really look or act like any of the other comics out there today. It’s good-natured, peppy, dealing with some serious issues but with a light hand.

Interview for the Year 2022: Bryan Collier Discusses Music Is a Rainbow

Bryan Collier stops by to discuss a 2022 book that owes much of its existence to (amongst other things) Quincy Jones, Robert Frost, and Maya Angelou. Come see why!