September 1, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Multi-Caldecott Award winning creator David Wiesner gives me a rundown on the history of wordless picture books (worth an academic course right there) and the exhibit he curated with the Carle called Speechless: The Art of Wordless Picture Books.
January 26, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Hope you like trees because today you're getting a bird's eye view. Author Lita Judge answers my questions and reveals a video for her latest dendrophile accomplishment.
July 22, 2020 by Betsy Bird
"Fancy monster foods inspired by 1950s recipes." Today I share Sarah Lynne Reul's new behind-the-scenes video on the complex creation of her latest picture book, Nerp!
May 19, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Hans Christian Andersen was a weird dude. Today I premiere a video that shows some art from a book about him. Whatta fella.
September 5, 2017 by Betsy Bird
On occasion I will do a presentation that encapsulates the history of children’s literature on social media. It’s fairly simple. You start with listservs, move on to blogs, work in the rise of Twitter, and then close with a variety of examples of children’s books (or YA, though that’s a different animal for the most […]
November 27, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Morning folks. I’ll start today with a video that contains some classy tunes. It’s my recent interview with Eric Rohmann about his new book GIANT SQUID. Delicious delicious giant squids. Sorry. This interview occurred on a day when I was half hoping the staff recording the interview would have a big steaming plate of calamari […]
September 11, 2016 by Betsy Bird
I do not know where Monica Edinger found our first video today. All I know is that she discovered a video that is absolutely the most interesting thing you’ll see all week. It’s a young Maurice Sendak. He’d recently won the Caldecott for Where the Wild Things Are. I’ve never seen anything like this before. […]
July 3, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]
January 11, 2015 by Betsy Bird
2014 marked a distinct increase in attention spent on children’s books with diverse characters. However, this is not to say that all books with diverse characters got the same amount of attention. Take, for example, Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante. It was one of the only middle grade books in 2014 to sport a […]
November 2, 2014 by Betsy Bird
The We Need Diverse Books campaign has kicked it up a notch with an Indiegogo campaign. They’re raising money to support authors, diversify classrooms, develop educational kits, promote diverse programming, you name it. As of my writing this they are $40,000 or so away from their goal. Check it out: Diverse Campaign w Thanks Card […]
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