December 14, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Fairytales and folktales are like mushrooms. You have a general sense when they'll crop up but you never know quite where. Today, they're cropping up here.
December 14, 2020 by Betsy Bird
This year I was impressed by the sheer variety of the stories on display. Hope you like your tales done in all kinds of styles from all kinds of places! This year was a good one for this category.
December 14, 2019 by Betsy Bird
One of my favorite lists! Original and traditional tales for everyone to enjoy.
November 9, 2015 by Betsy Bird
Walk into many a children’s room in a public library and then take a trip to Dewey Decimal number 398.2. If the room is relatively old and has withstood regular weeding schedules then you may find yourself in a remarkably large folktale and fairytale section. The titles, however, will probably be a bit on the […]
April 24, 2015 by Betsy Bird
On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale By Neil Christopher Illustrated by Jim Nelson Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not […]
March 26, 2014 by Betsy Bird
The Fox and the Crow By Manasi Subramaniam Illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox Karadi Tales $17.95 ISBN: 978-81-8190-303-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves now In the classic Aesop fable of The Fox and the Crow where do your loyalties lie? You remember the tale, don’t you? Long story short (or, rather, short story shorter) […]
August 26, 2011 by Betsy Bird
Never Forgotten By Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leon and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84384-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 The more I read children’s literature the more I come to realize that my favorite books for kids are the ones that can take disparate facts, elements, and […]
May 6, 2011 by Betsy Bird
The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale By Lucine Kasbarian Illustrated by Maria Zaikina Marshall Cavendish Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5821-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. As a children’s librarian in New York City I am expected to have a full knowledge of existing children’s literature as it pertains, not just to the American publishing industry, but […]
November 20, 2010 by Betsy Bird
Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-55591-724-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This year I helped a committee come up with the 100 best books for children. This list has been produced for a while and each year we make sure to include a folk and […]
August 27, 2010 by Betsy Bird
Dust Devil By Anne Isaacs Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86722-4 Ages 5-10 On shelves September 14, 2010 If Pippi Longstocking is a redhead known for her casual legwear, Angelica Longrider (or just “Angel” for short) would have to be considered her blatantly barefoot ginger-headed […]
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