Good Comics for Kids
May 17, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today retired reading instructor Kevin Purdy gets serious about joke books. Where can you find them? Why are they important? And what do you look for in a good one?
August 13, 2021 by Betsy Bird
In today's guest post, NoNieqa Ramos asked friends and family from within and without the kid lit community to share their hair stories and tips with her. You will love what she received.
May 5, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Elizabeth Eulberg guest posts and shares a VERY 1989 Spotify playlist to accompay her latest book THE BEST WORST SUMMER.
July 14, 2020 by Betsy Bird
"While I don’t want queerness to always be relegated to the shadows, overhead lighting doesn’t do anyone any favors, either." Kyle Lukoff tells us tales of Frogs and Toads, secret rooms, and the longstanding tradition of queer values in children's literature.
June 26, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Toni Morrison once said that literary discourse should transform “from the racial object to the racial subject; from the described and imagined to the describers and imaginers; from the serving to the served.” Today Edi Campbell critiques beyond literary devices and provides a review based in critical literary analysis.
June 22, 2020 by Betsy Bird
I am pleased to announce that this week you're going to hear an entirely different voice here at the blog A Fuse #8 Production. In the spirit of #passthemic, where white people give over their platforms to people that deserve a wider audience, I am giving over full reign of this site to Edith Campbell.
June 10, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Once more guest poster David Jacobson has returned to give us the 411 on international works of children's literature that you undoubtedly have NOT encountered before.
June 3, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Amy Alznauer returns to the blog to discuss new issues in the realm of writing nonfiction for kids, particularly as they pertain to one Flannery O'Connor.
May 5, 2020 by Betsy Bird
"Too often, children's books by black authors have been limited by the prison of the single story, the notion that all black people share a single lived experience, and that experience, generally portrayed as heavy or edgy, usually takes place within an inner city landscape, where few rivers run, few trees grow, and birdsong is the last thing on anybody's mind. Light, joyful, or quiet stories about our deep engagement with nature, therefore, constitute a publishing space black authors have not been encouraged to enter—until now." Nikki Grimes provides today's guest post on her latest book.
April 3, 2020 by Betsy Bird
It's guest post time again, and Fred Guida has returned with another classic in mind. Remember Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce? Then take it away, Fred!
Good Comics for Kids
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A Fuse #8 Production
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