July 20, 2023 by Betsy Bird
I dare you to read even two chapters and not be engulfed in the narrative. Smart and savvy, Jawbreaker is the novel you wish you had read as a kid and are grateful that kids get to read today.
January 3, 2022 by Betsy Bird
"If your book makes fun of a speech impediment, maybe don't write that book." Many is the school that has used Hooway for Wodney Wat as an anti-bullying text. We show just how twisted that logic really is.
May 6, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Wolf Hollow By Lauren Wolk Dutton Children’s Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1101994825 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. I am not what you might call a very brave reader. This is probably why I primarily consume children’s literature. I might puff myself up with a defense that lists the […]
September 2, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Ben Rides On By Matt Davies A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-794-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. The cartoonist as great children’s book author is not a given. Consider the sad case of Berkeley Breathed, for example. He achieved levels of unattainable brilliance when he penned Bloom […]
November 3, 2012 by Betsy Bird
I had just the loveliest dinner the other night with some high-falutin’ folks in the children’s literary biz. Fine conversation and finer memories were tossed all about. Yet I credit the devil on my right shoulder for suggesting to me the relative wisdom of my bringing up a long-standing belief that had been percolating in […]
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