January 5, 2023 by Betsy Bird
My Strange Shrinking Parents is entirely its own creation, standing on its own two feet, with its own internal logic and rules. It is, in fact, one of the best takes on the experiences of children of immigrant parents I’ve ever seen in a picture book form. It stands, as I say, tall.
March 13, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Behold a story that runs, caterwauls, spies, sneaks, rides, and generally has a wonderful time. This is a book I can’t show my colleagues at work because my 8-year-old won’t let it out of her sight. A fairly high bit of praise, if I do say so myself.
August 21, 2012 by Betsy Bird
At this point you just have to start throwing your hands up in the air. Then you have to start eyeing some of the older children’s authors and illustrators who are still around with great trepidation. We’ve been host to a SLEW of deaths already this year, but August is making May look like it […]
December 1, 2011 by Betsy Bird
Here on the blog I’m sometimes keen to note those titles and series available in parts of the world that are not the United States. Folks will send me great books from around the globe but even in my new fancy dancy position as a Materials Specialist I cannot buy those books for my system […]
January 10, 2011 by Betsy Bird
I am writing this post today around 9 p.m. on Sunday. As such, many of you will read this, knowing full well who the Newbery and Caldecott winners are. I will be a little behind you in this respect. Amusingly, I realized too late that I scheduled my latest sonogram for the PRECISE moment the […]
September 22, 2010 by Betsy Bird
Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17292-9 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2010 When I was a child I had a very vague sense of global conflicts in other countries. Because of my Bloom County comics I knew a bit about apartheid in South Africa. Later […]
August 15, 2008 by Betsy Bird
Wombat and Fox: Tales of the City By Terry Denton Kane/Miller $13.95 ISBN: 978-1-933605-81-4 Ages 4-10 On shelves September 1st The old don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover rule. It gets me every time. Of course I judge books by their covers! I’m a children’s librarian with a particular kind of taste in titles. I know what I like and […]
April 26, 2008 by Betsy Bird
Monster Blood Tattoo – Book One: Foundling By D.M. Cornish G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin imprint) $18.99 ISBN: 0-399-24638-X Ages 11 and up On shelves now By this point I think the nation’s readers of children’s fantasy novels have hit a kind of boredom plateau. You get a new fantasy on your desk and you have […]
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