May 19, 2022 by Betsy Bird
"I want to make art, not taxidermy." A ribald talk with two greats in the field of children's literature. I reveal the cover of their latest: POLAR BEAR!
April 10, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Typically in a Steve Sheinkin "Walking and Talking" piece you get to see Steve having a conversation with another author or artist en route somewhere. Now we're in a world where we're still able to walk, but not with one another. With that in mind, the latest "Walking and Talking" piece is of two artists together but separate. Candy Fleming joins Steve today from Oxford to discuss her latest (amazing) work of history The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh.
February 7, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Great writing for kids, when you encounter it, reminds you that there is always a new way to look at this old, familiar world of ours. If you buy only one bee book for the rest of your life, make it this one.
November 5, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Happy news, neighborinos! Today I bring unto you a video from BookFest, a yearly celebration of children’s literature hosted (these days) by Bank Street College of Education. Kidlit TV recorded almost the entire thing live and then put it on air. This year I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion with funny folks […]
September 12, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West By Candace Fleming A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Book Press (a division of Macmillan) $19.99 ISBN: 9781596437630 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 20th I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we present history to our kids. Specifically I was thinking about picture book biographies […]
March 30, 2016 by Betsy Bird
I’m not quite sure what it says about me that whenever I need to have a go-to Children’s Literary Salon I inevitably make it about ethics in nonfiction for kids. I think, technically, I’ve done this topic three times and each time it just gets more and more interesting. Case in point, this past Saturday’s […]
February 2, 2015 by Betsy Bird
Hi ho, folks! And what an exciting morning we had today. Lori Prince and I had a blast in the SLJ office predicting winners and then discovering how wrong (or occasionally right) we were. Here’s the PreGame Show, in case you missed it live. Note how Lori successfully predicts a Newbery combo that was far […]
October 5, 2014 by Betsy Bird
You know, it’s been a while since I showed you some of the fan-freakin’-tastic Wild Things videos we’ve been playing on the old Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature website. I know some of you haven’t gone over to it lately so I’ll make it easy for you. Here’s a quickie synopsis of […]
February 3, 2011 by Betsy Bird
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. […]
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