Teen Librarian Toolbox
February 25, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Oddly sweet, melancholic, and peaceful, this is poetry as remembrance as well as healing. It is also very much one of a kind.
March 6, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Simler has previously wowed American audience with such books as Plume and the magnificent The Blue Hour. Now, thanks in part to the elegant translation by Sarah Ardizzone, she has crafted a new kind of bedtime book. One rooted in poetry, dreams, seasons, fuzzy noses, lilting words, and a type of scratch art never before made possible.
September 10, 2015 by Betsy Bird
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch By Chris Barton Illustrated by Don Tate Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5379-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now “It’s the story of a guy who in ten years went from teenage field slave to U.S. Congressman.” Come again? That’s the pitch author Chris Barton pulled out […]
May 22, 2014 by Betsy Bird
A Pond Full of Ink By Annie M.G. Schmidt Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma Translated by David Colmer Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5433-9 Ages 7 and up On shelves now International children’s authors are great. They’re just not particularly well known in America. There are various reasons for this. Some of it has […]
May 2, 2013 by Betsy Bird
A Girl Called Problem By Katie Quirk Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $8.00 ISBN: 97800-8028-5404-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Who says that mystery novels for kids all have to include the same tropes and settings? I tell you, half the time when a kid comes up to a reference desk asking for a mystery […]
November 6, 2012 by Betsy Bird
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau By Michelle Markel Illustrated by Amanda Hall Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5264-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I’m not ashamed to say it, though perhaps I should be. Still, it’s true. Though I grew up in the middle class with a good education and a stint […]
March 2, 2012 by Betsy Bird
John Jensen Feels Different By Henrik Hovland Illustrated by Torill Kove Translated by Don Bartlett Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5399-8 For ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a lot to be said for a picture book book that is so unapologetically Norwegian that it ends up making you completely (not to […]
November 14, 2008 by Betsy Bird
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams By Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5302-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now I always feel a little bit inadequate when I review a book of poetry or a book about a poet, even if it’s for kids. […]
by Travis Jonker
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by Betsy Bird
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