The Classroom Bookshelf
February 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
President's Day is coming so what better book to do this week than that old Caldecott Award winner So You Want to Be President? Question is: How has it aged in the intervening 21 years?
February 22, 2021 by Betsy Bird
The cover reveal and the story behind the book. Where do authors get their ideas? Here's one answer.
February 20, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Generally speaking, if you want to ride a homicidal ostrich, you need to take some precautions. And what could be simpler than this method?
February 19, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Many of the images I shared with you this week had a lot of flash and pizzazz. Today's is quieter.
February 18, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today's picture depicts the scene where the Madame is showing Gaucho who is in charge. Because even a tall ball of feathers knows when he's beat.
February 17, 2021 by Betsy Bird
“Horses may have souls, but ostriches? They do not. No more than giant chickens would.” Gaucho takes center stage again as I continue to count down to my final cover reveal!
February 16, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today, I'd like you to meet one of the heroes of my book. Many of the characters in it are based on real people. And, in one case, a real bird. An ostrich, to be precise, so ornery that he made dinosaurs look peaceful in comparison.
August 10, 2020 by Betsy Bird
On this week's show we discuss the strength of Imogene's neck muscles, you get to hear an impromptu jingle for the Emergency Hat Service, I manage to work in a tiny reference to Gregor Samsa, and we marvel at Imogene's good nature.
May 25, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#51 The Library by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small (1995) 37 points All my favorite things—stacks of books and bookshelves of books and libraries full of books! – Ellen L. Ramsay This is my daughter. This is me. We don’t care about dances, or even doing our chores other than haphazardly, it is all […]
May 16, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#92 The Gardener by Sarah Steward, illustrated by David Small (1997) 21 points Written as a series of letters, this book shows the beauty of nature and the importance of hard work. Also a great read for adults, especially those who remember and were effected by the Great Depression. – Gina Detate Previously the book […]
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